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Amherst Regional crushes Drury, 54-0

  • The Amherst Regional team enters the field before their win against Drury, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Alex Fernandes, right, of Amherst Regional, tackles Frankie Cooper, of Drury, for a loss, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Isaiah Moyston, right, of Amherst Regional, runs for a touchdown against Drury, Friday in Amherst. The Hurricanes won 54-0. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Joshua Vecchio, center, of Amherst Regional, runs for a gain after evading a group of Drury defenders, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Alex Fernandes, left, of Amherst Regional, scores a two-point conversion against Drury, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Amherst Regional quarterback James Mills passes against Drury, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Steven Steele, front left, of Amherst Regional, hauls in a pass before being tackled by Obilio Rodriguez, of Drury, on a two-point conversion attempt, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Alex Fernandes, right, of Amherst Regional, runs for a gain against Drury defenders Payton Barnes, left, and Frankie Cooper, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Joshua Vecchio, center left, runs for a gain before being upended by Ryan Isherwood, of Drury, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kaleb Ferro, center, of Amherst Regional, blocks Payton Barnes, of Drury, as Isaiah Rodriguez runs for a touchdown, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Amherst Regional players Isaiah Rodriguez, left, and Kaleb Ferro celebrate a touchdown against Drury by Rodriguez, Friday in Amherst. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS



@kylegrbwsk
Friday, September 29, 2017

AMHERST — Lining up in the victory formation with 1 minute, 56 seconds took an adjustment for the Amherst Regional football team.

The Hurricanes haven’t had much occasion for kneeling the clock out in recent seasons, but had practiced it before Friday’s 54-0 win over Drury. They just needed to nail down the timing.

“We weren’t sure how much time we needed,” Amherst coach Chris Ehorn Jr. said. “We hadn’t practiced the ‘look at the ref and wait.’”

The Hurricanes scored on five straight possessions to start the game and only failed to find the end zone once. They had 10 drives. Seven went for touchdowns, one ended on a fourth down incompletion, another finished out the first half and the last ended the game with quarterback J.B. Mills kneeling out Amherst’s third straight win and second shutout in three games.

“It’s showing that we’re all doing our jobs, staying together as a team,” Amherst sophomore running back Josh Vecchio said. “We can always do better.”

Vecchio led a balanced running attack with 114 yards and two touchdowns. He opened Amherst’s scoring from 9 yards out on the first drive with 5:09 to go in the first quarter and scored on an 18-yard run with 4:17 to halftime.

“Dan Block made a great block. He knocked the dude down that was going to catch me,” Vecchio said.

Alex Fernandez ran for 67 yards, including a 36-yard scoring run with 52 seconds left in the first quarter. Five Hurricanes ran for touchdowns, including Isaiah Rodriguez (24 yards), Steven Steele (32 yards) and Cleiton Almeida (17 yards).

“We love giving guys rest because a lot of guys play both ways,” Ehorn said. “It’s nice that we have these other running backs, it helps our offense.”

Mills only had to throw the ball four times. He had two completions, including a slant in the first quarter that Isaiah Moyston took 43 yards across the goal line with 3:57 on the clock.

Amherst’s defense held Drury to a negative rushing total, and Moyston intercepted Drury quarterback Obilio Rodriguez on the goal line in the last minute of the first half.

“They shouldn’t have gained a yard on us,” Vecchio said.

The performance wasn’t perfect for Amherst, though. The Hurricanes had five penalties on their first drive.

“It’s been an ongoing thing, so it’s very frustrating,” Ehorn said. “We can’t have that.”

Amherst hosts Woodstock Academy (Woodstock, Connecticut) on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Woodstock beat Ludlow 54-28 on Friday.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com.