Ware’s big second quarter too much for Easthampton in 42-6 loss

For the Gazette
Friday, November 11, 2016

WARE — The knockout punch came during the decisive second quarter.

Ware exploded for 22 second-quarter points Friday night en route to a 42-6 triumph over Easthampton in a nonplayoff football game.

Both teams lost semifinal playoff games last week to Berkshire County powers: Easthampton (4-6) to Taconic in Division 3, and Ware (7-2) to Mount Greylock in Division 4A.

Defense was the difference Friday. The Eagles just couldn’t get anything going on the ground or through the air against the swarming Indians defense.

Ware was bigger and much more physical on offense than Easthampton. The Eagles were unable to stop dual-threat quarterback Ryan Johnson, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others.

“They played tougher than we did,” Easthampton coach Matt Bean. “We’ll use this as a learning experience.”

Nick Tausendfreund was a standout for Easthampton, which will close its season on Thanksgiving against Northampton at White Brook Middle School. Tausendfreund rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries.

“Nick gives his best effort, every game, every practice, every play,” Bean said. “He makes the best use out of his talents.

Ware threw a fierce pass rush at Easthampton. Quarterback Max Weir (3-for-10, 23 yards) had little time to set up and was under constant pressure throughout the game.

Leading 6-0 going into the second quarter, Ware put the game away after it scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes.

Johnson had a 2-yard touchdown run and Hunter Millier ran in the conversion for a 14-0 lead with 6:10 left in the second quarter. An 8-yard run by Millier and Jake Crevier’s kick raised the lead to 21-0.

With 1:34 left in the half, Johnson launched a 26-yard scoring strike to Devin Slattery as Ware took a 28-0 advantage into intermission.

Ware opened the scoring at 8:22 of the first quarter when Jayson Jamillowski caught an 8-yard pass from Johnson.

The Eagles were in the game until the Indians ripped off the 22 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Easthampton got on the board late in the third quarter following an interception by Weir and a 40-yard return that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Tausendfreund.

But Ware answered with another touchdown on a 2-yard run by Johnson for a 35-6 lead. Fernando Montalban bulled over from the 2-yard line as Ware increased its lead to 42-6 with seven minutes remaining.

Ware 42, Easthampton 6













First quarter

W-Jayson Jamillowski 11 pass from Ryan Johnson (pass failed) 8:22

Second quarter

W-Johnson 2 run (Hunter Millier run) 6:10

W-Fernando Montalban 8 run (Jake Crevier kick 5:49

W-Devin Slattery 26 pass from Johnson (Crevier kick) 1:34

Third quarter

E-Nick Tausendfreund 3 run (pass failed) 2:58

Fourth quarter

W-Johnson 2 run (Crevier kick) 10:54

W-Montablan 2 run (Crevier kick) 7:00


RUSHING—Easthampton: Tausendfreund 14-62, Kelly 9-35, Weir 4-12, Perrone 1-(-1), Helems 5-26; Ware: Millier 17-159, Johnson 6-76, Montalban 10-45

PASSING—Easthampton: Weir 3-10-23; Ware: Johnson 2-7-0-37

RECEIVING—Easthampton: Helems 2-11, Kowal 1-12; Ware: Slattery 1-26, Jamillowski 1-11.