Worthley, Landry power Frontier over Mohawk

  • Frontier’s Aaron Landry (28) is off to the races for a touchdown ahead of Mohawk’s Brian Allen (3) Wednesday night in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Seth Hoynoski (18) runs to the outside out of the grasp of Frontier’s Cole Price (15) Wednesday night in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Matt Hildreth (7) kicks an unsuccessful field goal held by Stephen Worthley (29) just before halftime in a win over Mohawk Wednesday night in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Aaron Landry (28) runs for a first down against Mohawk during football action Wednesday night in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Aaron Landry (28) brings down Mohawk’s Kaleb Fitzgerald (34) Wednesday night during fotball action in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It was only fitting that Stephen Worthley and Aaron Landry closed out their careers with big efforts.

The Frontier Regional School senior backfield tandem amassed 220 yards and five touchdowns between them, and the Red Hawks finished off an outstanding 2017 campaign with a decisive 43-12 football win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the annual Thanksgiving Eve matchup played Wednesday night in South Deerfield.

Worthley ran for 124 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns, while Landry totaled 96 yards on just five carries (all in the first half) and two scores.

Frontier closed out its season with a sterling 9-2 overall record, marking the second time in three years that the Red Hawks have won nine games. Frontier now leads the series 46-32-6, winning for the third straight time on Thanksgiving Eve. It was also the third straight year the Hawks put up 40 or more points.

Mohawk junior Jordan Grenier joined Worthley and Landry as 1,000 yard rushers this season in the loss. Grenier rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, giving him a final season total of 1,030 yards.

Grenier and Frontier senior lineman Matt Carlson were named as the game’s Most Valuable Players for their teams.

It was quite an odd start to the game, as the teams traded turnovers on the opening two plays from scrimmage.

Frontier quarterback Matt Hildreth was intercepted by Mohawk’s Brian Allen on the game’s first play. The Warriors’ good fortune didn’t last long, however, as quarterback Ryan Walker was sacked on his team’s first play, and the ball was knocked free and ultimately recovered by Frontier’s Brandon Trusewell.

The Red Hawks righted the ship with new life, as Landry rumbled for a 34-yard touchdown run on the next play, staking Frontier to a 7-0 lead with just 1 minute and 22 seconds of game action having been played.

Mohawk gave the WMass Division VII runners-up a battle early. After forcing a Frontier punt on its next drive, Allen made another key play for the visitors. This time, he scooped up a bouncing punt just inside Frontier territory and returned it 44 yards through traffic for a touchdown that cut the deficit to just 7-6 with 6:54 left in the opening quarter.

Frontier’s offense took over from there, though, as Bryce Dobosz scored on a 1-yard dive late in the opening stanza before Worthley (1 yard) and Landry (30 yards) added second-quarter touchdowns to extend the lead to 29-6 at halftime.

The Warriors (3-8) put together their best drive of the night to open the second half. The visitors marched 65 yards in 15 plays, all on the ground, and Grenier capped things off with a 1-yard touchdown to pull Mohawk within 29-12.

The quick-hitting Frontier offense answered in just three plays. Buoyed by a 70-yard scamper from Hildreth, the Hawks extended their lead to 36-12 when Worthley finished it off with a 2-yard TD.

Worthley scored his third of the night for the game’s final score with 4:32 left in the fourth quarter, breaking away on the right side for a 57-yarder to account for the 43-12 final.