Frontier comes up big in fourth quarter to beat Pittsfield, 40-36

For the Gazette
Friday, September 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD — The Frontier Regional football team stopped Pittsfield twice in the red zone during the fourth quarter.

The Red Hawks then scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns on long drives, the last a 78 yarder that was capped off with Bryce Dobosz’s touchdown with 15 seconds left as the visitors escaped with a 40-36 win Friday night at Wahconah Park.

“That’s a huge win, sir. That is a huge win beating a Berkshire team,” Frontier quarterback Matt Hildreth said. “We lose up here every year. This year it’s going to be different. We’re stronger.”

Pittsfield outgained Frontier 447 yards to 344. The Red Hawks, however, ran off 60 plays to 50 for PHS. The Generals did not punt in the game and scored the first four times they had the ball.

Rodriguez had a stellar night for the Generals, rushing for 203 yards on 22 carries. Jamal Beda also took a turn in the spotlight, as he carried the ball 12 times for 155 yards and scored on runs of 62, 70 and four.

“We’ll be fine. We’ll let this hurt because it hurts,” said Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski. “This is not going to define who we are.”

This game turned as the third quarter ended and the fourth quarter started.

Pittsfield’s defense roared up and stopped Frontier’s option attack at the Red Hawk 44. A 7-yard punt gave Pittsfield the ball on its 49, as the Generals held a 36-24 lead.

The Generals marched to the Frontier nine, where PHS had four chances to punch the ball in. A fourth-down pass from D’Andre Johnson to Ian Benoit was incomplete and Frontier took over on its own 10.

The Red Hawks ran the ball nine times on the 10-play, 90-yard drive and scored on the 10th — a 5-yard pass from Hildreth to Aaron Landry. The 2-point conversion made it 36-32.

PHS fielded a squib kick on its 48 and drove to the Frontier 21. But on third-and-12, Johnson’s pass for Shawn O’Shea was picked off by Hildreth at the 22-yard line.

“We had to start moving it down the field, get to our basics, spread them out and throw the ball,” said Frontier’s junior quarterback.

Frontier had two big pass plays on third downs to keep drives alive. Hildreth hit Dobosz for 24 yards on third-and-6 from the Frontier 26 and then found Kiernan Freeman on third-and-9 from the Pittsfield 32. On the next play, Dobosz, who gained 103 yards on 16 carries, scampered around the right end for the game-winning score.

Hildreth said the throw to Dobosz was key.

“We were in a spread and he runs like a corner route. He got pushed in a little but and it turned out to be a seam route,” Hildreth said. “He made the athletic play.”

Pittsfield will remember how they scored early and often in the first half, but coming up empty on those red-zone drives hurt.

“Two times in a row,” said Jezewski. “Two times in a row, they were bringing everybody and we tried to get the ball to the perimeter. One was an interception, it happens. He underthrew (the receiver) and the kid from the other team made a nice play. We had a slant open and missed the throw.”

Frontier 40, Pittsfield 36













First quarter

P — Donte Cruz 4 pass from D’Andre Johnson (Johnson run), 6:29.

F — Stephen Worthy 17 run (Bryce Dobosz run), 2:29.

P — Jamal Beda 62 run (Cruz pass from Johnson), 2:12.

Second quarter

P — Beda 70 run (Run failed), 10:30.

F — Dobosz 2 run (Garrett DeForest run), 7:09.

P — Beda 4 run (Johnson run), 4:08.

F— Andrew Logan 11 pass from Matt Hildreth (DeForest run), 1:01.

Third quarter

P — Ian Benoit 3 run (Pass failed), 6:26.

Fourth quarter

F — Aaron Landry 5 pass from Hildreth (Dobosz run) 5:56.

F — Dobosz 7 run (Dobosz run), 0:15.


RUSHING—Pittsfield: Edwin Rodriguez 22-203, Jamal Beda 12-155, D’Andre Johnson 5-32, Joe Traversa 3-14. Frontier: Bryce Dobosz 16-103, Stephen Worthley 13-64, Aaron Landry 8-54, Matt Hildreth 10-26, Garrett DeForest 5-12.

PASSING—Pittsfield: Johnson 3-8-1 43. Frontier: Hildreth 6-8-0 85.

RECEIVING—Pittsfield: Donte Cruz 2-19, Rodriguez 1-24. Frontier: Landry 3-23, Andrew Logan 1-11, Dobosz 1-26, Kiernan Freeman 1-25.