H.S. Football: Eagles roll, even Turkey Day series with win over Smith Voke

  • Franklin Tech quarterback Owen Bashaw throws downfield against Mohawk earlier this season. Bashaw broke the school record for passing yards and touchdowns in the team’s 30-0 win over Smith Vocational on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday in Northampton. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/28/2019 8:14:30 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Owen Bashaw and the Franklin Tech offense served up a heavy aerial attack to the Smith Vocational defense on Thanksgiving morning.

The junior quarterback entered the Turkey Day contest near the school record for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season, and the Eagles made sure he accomplished both. Bashaw put the ball into the windy air 41 times, completing 11 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead Franklin Tech to a 30-0 shutout over the Vikings on Thursday. 

The win evens the Thanksgiving series between the two schools, as Smith Voke won last year’s inaugural matchup.

“We want to establish this rivalry between the two schools,” Franklin Tech head coach Joe Gamache said. “There’s nothing like playing Thanksgiving football. I don’t think we’ve ever thrown that much in a game. The goal was to come in here and sling the ball around and have fun.” 

Bashaw closed out the season with 801 passing yards and nine passing touchdowns, both Franklin Tech school records. All of his 41 passing attempts came in the first three quarters. 

“We came into today with a couple kids looking to achieve individual goals,” Gamache said. “I don’t know that they achieved all of them but I know Owen achieved his, which is awesome. We’ll have to take a look at the other ones. The kids came to battle today which is important. It’s been a long season and we’re privileged to play Thanksgiving football on Thanksgiving Day which not too many teams are doing these days. The kids came to work.” 

Tight end Colby Mailloux was on the receiving end of the majority of Bashaw’s passes on Thursday. 

The senior closed out his football career with a seven-catch, 88-yard performance that included a touchdown reception. He earned MVP honors for the game as a result.  

“It’s awesome to be able to end my season like this and to be recognized like that,” Mailloux said. “It feels amazing. To be able to look back and know I won my last game is a great feeling.” 

On defense, the Eagles barely allowed Smith Voke to cross midfield. 

Viking running back Jonathan Castro rushed for 39 yards on 16 carries, as he was the only Smith Voke rusher to finish with positive yardage. The Vikings as a team finished with just 34 yards of offense. 

Castro was named the game MVP for Smith Voke. 

“We were so young on the defensive side of the ball today,” Viking coach Keith Lebeau said. “We had nine sophomores and freshmen playing defense. We did some good things and we got better as the season went on which is all we can ask for. I’m really proud of those guys.” 

On the Eagles’ second possession of the game, Bashaw hooked up with Mailloux for a 17-yard completion and followed it with a 15-yard pass to Hunter Wozniak to put Franklin Tech in the red zone. 

The Smith Voke defense forced a fourth and inches, which Bashaw took up the middle for a sneak. The quarterback got the necessary yardage, looked up and saw nothing but green grass between him and the end zone. He waltzed in to give the Eagles the lead with 4:36 to go in the first quarter. Offensive lineman Kyle Snyder ran in the two-point conversion. 

“It was fun out there today,” Bashaw said. “This win gives us a lot of momentum going into next year. We get to bring this trophy home.” 

The Eagles struck again early in the second quarter, as a 23-yard run by Ian McClure on third-and-5 set Tech up on the Viking side of the field. 

Bashaw then connected with Mailloux for a 21-yard gain. An unsportsmanlike penalty on Smith Voke put the ball on the seven-yard-line, where Bashaw threw a fade to Wozniak that he hauled in to put the Eagles up 16-0 with 9:27 to play in the half. 

With 2:25 to go in the second quarter, Viking quarterback Aaron Pierce sailed a ball high over the middle, right into the hands of Tech’s Donte Rosewarne. 

The senior took it 25 yards to the house to give the Eagles a 24-0 lead going into the break. 

Franklin Tech scored its final touchdown late in the third quarter. The Eagles recovered a Castro fumble to take over at the Smith Voke 23, and Bashaw once again found an open Mailloux to put the ball at the 6. A screen pass to McClure put the ball at the one-yard line, where Bashaw connected with Mailloux for the score. 

It was the final pass of the day for Bashaw. 

“To know those are my last points I’m going to score in football was huge,” Mailloux said. “We knew that they didn’t cover that pop pass so we thought it’d be open. I’m happy and sad at the same time. It was an awesome game, though. Owen broke the record which is what we were aiming for. It’s my favorite when we throw that much.” 

McClure ran for a game-high 150 yards on 10 carries and Dominic Bowden-Smith finished with 66 yards on the ground. 

It was the final time seniors Mailloux, Wozniak, McClure, Bowden-Smith, Lucas Upham, Rosewarne, Cameron Wood, Snyder and Jacob Gadwah-Alonso suited up in a Franklin Tech uniform. The contingent was able to end on a high note with a win.

Franklin Tech 30, Smith Voke 0

Franklin Tech






Smith Voke






FT — Bashaw 13 run (Snyder run)

FT — Wozniak 7 pass from Bashaw (Mailloux pass from Bashaw) 

FT — Rosewarne 25 interception return (Wozniak pass from Bashaw)

FT — Mailloux 1 pass from Bashaw (run failed)


RUSHING — (FT) Bergmann 5-1, McClure 10-150, Bowden-Smith 5-66, Bashaw 1-13-1, Wozniak 2-(-4). (SV) Castro 16-39, Beackwith 1-(-5), Pierce 2-(-6), Wall 2-(-6).

PASSING — (FT) Bashaw 11-41-134-2-3, Wozniak 0-2-0-0-0. (SV) Pierce 4-15-9-0-1, Castro 0-1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING — (FT) Mailloux 7-88-1, Wozniak 2-22-1, Rosewarne 1-19, McClure 1-5. (SV) Wall 4-9.

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