H.S. Football: Greenfield defense forces four turnovers in 34-8 win over Franklin Tech

  • Greenfield running back Brendan Driscoll carries the ball up the sideline after an interception against Franklin Tech in the first quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Ryan Pulizari (22), right, wraps up Franklin Tech running back Josiah Little (20) for a loss in the second quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. The Green Wave won 34-8. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Devin Buchanan reels in an interception before bringing it back for a 65-yard touchdown against Franklin Tech in the second quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield running back Brendan Driscoll carries the ball up the sideline after an interception against Franklin Tech in the first quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield running back Brendan Driscoll (11) and quarterback David Carey (3) celebrate a touchdown reception against Franklin Tech in the first quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech defender Logan Call (22), left, recovers a fumble knocked loose by Shaun Turner (3) after a reception attempt by Greenfield’s Trevor Kuchieski (12) in the second quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech quarterback Gabriel Tomasi (4) hands the ball off to running back Josiah Little (20) on a run against Greenfield in the second quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield lines up against Franklin Tech in the second quarter Friday night at Vets Memorial Field in Greenfield.  FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/15/2021 10:18:10 PM

GREENFIELD — Two early turnovers set up the Greenfield offense with two quick scores in the first quarter of Friday’s game at Vets Field, as the Green Wave cruised to a 34-8 Intercounty League North victory over Franklin Tech.

The Green Wave forced four turnovers, which “set the tone for the offense” throughout the game with short fields all night.

Greenfield head coach Mike Kuchieski said the game plan was to rely on the defense throughout the game.

“We were deferring (the kickoff) tonight and we lost the toss, so we had defense any way,” Kuchieski said. “We want to set the tone, see what we can do right away and it worked out well for us.”

Greenfield’s defense forced a quick punt on the Eagles’ first possession, which turned into a eight-play touchdown drive capped off by an 8-yard keeper by senior quarterback David Carey.

The ensuing kickoff was fumbled, which set Greenfield up for a 35-yard touchdown pass up the seam from Carey to senior wide receiver Brendan Driscoll.

On the next Eagles’ possession, Driscoll jumped a screen pass for an interception and took the ball 50 yards down to the goal line. Carey took the next play in for a touchdown to give the Green Wave a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Eagles drove inside the Green Wave 30-yard line midway through the second quarter until junior Deven Buchanan intercepted a pass and took it 70 yards back to the house to open up a 28-0 halftime lead for Greenfield. The Green Wave defense held Franklin Tech to just 54 yards in the first half.

Greenfield’s offense did have two turnovers of its own in the first half, which Kuchieski said needed to be cleaned up in order to compete in closer games later in the season.

“We didn’t take care of the ball as well as you’d like,” Kuchieski said. “We’ve got to work on some other players getting into the game. We’re really rotating 12 or 13 kids on both sides of the ball and it’s really running us down and getting late in the season, I worry about that a bit.”

Franklin Tech put together a touchdown drive of its own in the fourth quarter, which was finished off on a 15-yard touchdown run from junior running back Ryan Demers.

Eagles head coach Joe Gamache said turnovers killed any momentum his side could get going, but orchestrating a touchdown drive late was something the team can build on.

“You’ve got to take positives away from it, you’ve got to try to build,” Gamache said. “The hope is we just kind of build off of what we did here in the second half.”

Greenfield will travel to the Woodward Complex in Orange to take on Mahar next Friday while Franklin Tech returns home to take on Palmer.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.




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