H.S. Football: Frontier falters in road loss to Palmer

Staff Intern
Published: 9/17/2021 11:15:39 PM

PALMER — As the Palmer Panthers’ marching band roared their last tune of the night, the signal for the second consecutive loss in the high school football season for the Frontier football team was recognized.

Palmer closed out the independent win behind a 25-6 victory at Legion Field. It was the Redhawks’ second loss to open the season after falling at Ware in Week 1.

Frontier struggled with early setbacks and mistakes throughout the game, finishing the matchup with three fumbles, four penalties and multiple uncontrolled snaps. 

The game was scoreless until the Panthers found their stride in the second quarter. Palmer scored first on a clear-cut dash for an 11-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Jack Letendre.

The lead snowballed from there, as the Panthers rattled off 19 more points to take a 26-0 lead.

Frontier found an answer late. Senior running back Josh Semaski offered the team’s only response to the commanding lead, as he made a strong effort to try to get the team rolling in the third quarter. In two offensive drives, Semaski rushed for 54 yards. The second drive was when he dialed in to put up six points for the Redhawks. 

It was a 30-yard rushing touchdown from a beautiful hand off release by quarterback Sam Schreiber. Semaski ran around the offensive line and found himself curling back to the center of the field. He then switched his motor to turn his body toward the other side of the field and there was space. Semaski broke through a tackle in the backfield, and then found himself alone with one other defensive back. He swung through the grasp of the defender’s hands to leap into the end zone and make it a 25-6 deficit.

After an 0-2 start to the season, Semaski said he knows that the team has to put in the work during practices and games going forward.

“We have to regroup. It’s two weeks now. We have to go back to the basics again,” Semaski said.

Semaski said the goal is to get everyone on the same page, and as he considers himself a leader, he feels the need to put in more effort so that the rest of the team can follow. 

“I have to play better. I have to get the guys more involved and get their heart in this. One touchdown doesn’t win games like this one,” Semaski said. 

Frontier will look to regroup against a familiar foe next Friday when it travels to play at Greenfield for the final independent game of the season. The Green Wave are 2-0 after wins over Chicopee and Belchertown.


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