Week 9 HS Football: Regular season in final week

  • Mahar running back Jacob Tenney (27) cuts through the middle against Franklin Tech earlier in the season. Mahar hosts Easthampton tonight in Orange. STAFF file PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk quarterback Shawn Davenport throws downfield in the first half against McCann Tech earlier this season at Turners Falls High School. The Warriors travel to North Adams to take on Drury tomorrow afternoon. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield quarterback Jake Sak throws downfield under pressure from Frontier’s Ito McMillan (2) in the second half earlier this season at Vets Field in Greenfield. Sak’s Green Wave host Franklin Tech tonight. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer 
Published: 10/31/2019 9:23:16 PM
Modified: 10/31/2019 9:23:03 PM

The final week of the high school football regular season has arrived.

The big question heading into tonight’s slate is can the Mahar Regional football team keep it rolling against Easthampton High School at home at the Woodward Complex?

The visiting Eagles run the ball heavily, but had a focus on the passing game last week against Athol.

“After watching them on film,” Mahar coach Jim Woodward said, “We will have a few wrinkles.”

Mahar (5-2, 4-1 Intercounty League North), winners of three straight, currently sit at No. 4 in the WMass Division 8 power rankings. A win would likely keep Mahar there, with a possible move up to third place. It is possible that a loss against Division 5 Easthampton would not hurt the Senators’ playoff standing. The teams are currently tied for second place in the Intercounty League North at 4-1.

Mahar overcame a slow first half last week, rallying from an 8-0 halftime deficit to defeat Franklin Tech, 20-8.

Jake Tenney continued a productive season at tailback with 18 carries and 70 yards.

The Senators’ passing game is gaining traction. Wide receiver Charlie Barnes now has 16 catches for 312 yards.

Easthampton (4-2, 4-1) brings a talented stable of running backs to Orange, led by Jared Neumann, who rushed for three touchdowns last week in a 41-6 victory over Athol. 

Easthampton can put the ball in the air with quarterback Liam Burke.

Tonight

Athol (0-7, 0-5) at Frontier (5-2, 5-0)

This game will not happen.

With a dwindling number of healthy bodies, the Red Raiders had to forfeit the game against the Red Hawks.

The plan is to get players back healthy for the non-tournament games. 

“We are not packing it in for good,” Athol coach Bill LaRose said. “We are planning on finishing the year out.”

With only 11 healthy players the team decided that a forfeit was the only option.

Jacob Smith has scored long touchdowns in two straight games for the Red Raiders.

“It’s probably for the best,” Smith said. 

The Red Raiders got the news on Thursday after school.

“They are disappointed obviously that they aren’t going to play a football game,” LaRose said. “They want the season to continue but they understand what happened with injuries and why we can’t field a team. They want to continue playing football and see it through to Turkey Day.”

The Red Hawks are currently ranked second in the Division 7 power-rankings. Not playing tonight should not hurt Frontier’s playoff position. 

FC Tech (2-5, 2-3)
at Greenfield (3-5, 2-3), 7

The Green Wave got back on track last week with a convincing 30-14 win over Monument Mountain at Vets Field.

Jake Sak had a huge game for the Green Wave with 163 yards rushing on 16 carries. 

Quarterback Drew Conant picked up a couple throwing touchdowns too for Greenfield. 

The Eagles had a halftime lead on Mahar but couldn’t hold on in a 20-8 loss to the Senators last week.

Running back Ian McClure had a strong game against the Senators, rushing for 86 yards on 18 carries.

Saturday

Mohawk Trail (3-3, 2-3) at Drury (5-2, 4-1), 1

The Warriors head to North Adams on Saturday for a Tri-County League matchup with the Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon.

After opening the season with three wins, the Warriors have now lost three straight.

Mohawk currently sits at seventh in the Division 8 power rankings, while Drury is fighting for a playoff spot at No. 5 behind Mahar.

Mohawk’s last game was a 28-16 loss to Ware in Buckland. The Shawn Davenport and Jaden Whiting connection caught fire in the loss, which could bode well for opening up the running game this week.

Davenport completed 11 of his 25 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns with Whiting on the receiving end of four of those throws for 113 yards and both scores.

Drury has two losses on the season, one to Monument Mountain and another to Ware, which is in first place in the TCL. 

Dante Woodson carried 23 times for 83 yards for the Blue Devils in a 14-13 win over McCann Tech last Friday.

Mohawk lost its matchup with McCann Tech on Sept. 9, 12-0.


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