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Frontier runs away from Mohawk, 43-12

  • Mohawk's Seth Hoynoski (18) runs to the outside out of the grasp of Frontier's Cole Price (15) in the first half on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier's Aaron Landry (28) outpaces Mohawk's Brian Allen (3) for a touchdown in the first half on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier's Aaron Landry (28) brings down Mohawk's Kaleb Fitzgerald (34) in the first half on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier Regional running back Aaron Landry, center, runs for a first down against Mohawk in the first half, Wednesday in South Deerfield. Frontier won 43-12. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Matt Hildreth, right, of Frontier Regional, kicks an extra point held by Stephen Worthley in the first half against Mohawk, Wednesday in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



@kylegrbwsk
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Don Gordon wanted to reward the Frontier Regional football team for its hard work all season. He opened the team’s Thanksgiving eve rivalry game against Mohawk with a pass play.

Red Hawks quarterback Matt Hildreth dropped back and lofted a pass toward Cole Price. It floated too high for Price to reach and fell directly to Mohawk’s Brian Allen for an interception.

“It’s a little slippery out here,” Hildreth said. “We threw the ball pretty well in practice all week, getting out on the field, there’s no footing.”

Frontier’s defense forced a fumble on the next play, and Aaron Landry ran 34 yards for a touchdown to restore the game’s equilibrium with 10 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first quarter. The Red Hawks largely kept the ball on the ground after that and ran away from the Warriors, 43-12, Wednesday.

“They just plain beat us,” Mohawk coach Doug McCloud said.

Mohawk (3-8) knew Frontier (9-2) would come out running on its next drive. The Warriors stuffed three straight runs and forced a punt. Allen returned it 44 yards to the end zone, and Mohawk pulled within 7-6 with 6:54 to go in the first quarter.

The Red Hawks responded with a nine-play drive that featured eight runs and ended with Bryce Dobosz breaking the plane of the end zone from a yard out with 3:08 left in the first quarter.

“Just doing what we do best,” Frontier senior Steve Worthley said. “After the first quarter we were a little out of it, but we snapped out of it and knew we had to play some Frontier football.”

Worthley led the charge. He scored from a yard out with 6:35 to halftime, and Aaron Landry followed suit with a 30-yard run off a reverse after Frontier stopped Mohawk on fourth down.

Landry carried the ball five times for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Mohawk controlled most of the third quarter with one 15-play drive that took nearly 9 minutes and spanned 72 yards. Jordan Grenier, who went over 1,000 yards for the season in the game, finished it with a 1-yard touchdown run that cut Frontier’s lead to 29-12 with 2:23 left in the quarter.

“Great effort, we just made too many mistakes,” McCloud said.

The Red Hawks responded. After Worthley was stopped for no gain to open the drive, Hildreth took off for 64 yards up the middle. He was dragged down just shy of the goal line.

“That sucks a little bit,” Hildreth said, smiling.

Worthley ran in for his second 1-yard touchdown and a 36-12 lead with 1:10 to go in the third quarter.

He also closed the scoring with a 57-yard run down the right sideline with 4:31 left. Worthley carried the ball 16 times for 130 yards.

“It’s insane. Even if they’re losing 5, then they’re 50 yards down the field,” Hildreth said of his running backs. “They’ve been doing it since sophomore year.”

Landry and Worthley formed part of the core of a successful senior class. The Red Hawks reached the postseason each of the past four years, winning two league championships and playing for a sectional title this year.

“We definitely showed people what Frontier football is made of,” Worthley said. “I’m proud of these kids.”

After the game, Frontier hoisted the rivalry trophy for the third straight year. Matt Carlson was named the Red Hawks’ MVP, and Grenier received the honors for the Warriors. Frontier’s seniors took turns taking pictures with the trophy, then after the scoreboard lights shut off for the last time this season, the Red Hawks huddled as a team.

“Family,” they said, breaking the huddle.

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

Frontier Regional 43, Mohawk 12

Mohawk

6

0

6

0

—12

Frontier Regional

14

15

7

7

—43

First quarter

F—Aaron Landry 34 run (Matt Hildreth kick), 10:38.

M—Brian Allen 44 punt return (Run failed), 6:54.

F—Bryce Dobosz 1 run (Hildreth kick), 3:08.

Second quarter

F—Steve Worthley 1 run (Cole Price pass from Worthley), 6:35.

F—Landry 30 run (Hildreth kick), 4:45.

Third quarter

M—Jordan Grenier 1 run (Run failed), 2:23.

F—Worthley 1 run (Hildreth kick), 1:10.

Fourth quarter

F—Worthley 57 run (Hildreth kick), 4:31.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Frontier Regional–Worthley 16-130, Landry 5-97, Hildreth 2-70, Dobosz 12-67, Garrett Deforest 4-16, Ito McMillan 2-7. Mohawk-Grenier 20-74, Seth Hoynoski 10-38, Evan Shippee 4-18, Walker 5-17, David Hobbs 4-0, Kaleb Fitzgeral 1-(-5)

PASSING—Frontier Regional–Hildreth 3-7-43-1. Mohawk–Lococo 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—Frontier Regional–Dobosz 2-33, Kiernan Freeman 1-10.