High School Football Capsules
Chicopee Comp at Amherst
Records: Colts (0-4, 0-1 Suburban); Hurricanes (2-1, 1-0)
Last week: Chicopee Comp lost to Putnam 40-19; Amherst beat Cathedral 43-0
Offense 10.8 Offense 35.7
Defense 41.3 Defense 13.7
Comments: After passing for nearly 500 yards in their first two games, the Hurricanes showed off the ground attack against the Panthers and rolled to victory. Now they’ll look to establish their first winning streak of the season before heading into the challenging part of their schedule. The Hurricanes are tied for fourth Hoosac Valley (3-2) in the MIAA Power Rankings for D-2, behind Putnam (4-1), South Hadley (4-1) and Wahconah (3-2).
Northampton at Holyoke
Records: Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1 AA Conference); Purple Knights (2-3, 1-1)
Last week: Northampton lost to Minnechaug 21-7; Holyoke lost to Longmeadow 49-0
Blue Devils Purple Knights
Offense 30.8 Offense 15.2
Defense 19.8 Defense 31.6
Comments: The Blue Devils will need to bounce back from their first loss of the season in a game that could end up being key for their playoff hopes down the road. Hamp’s defense has been terrific, including in last week’s loss when they allowed just one score to the high-flying Minnechaug offense. Holyoke hasn’t been as explosive as expected this season, but can make big plays when it gets good protection.
South Hadley at Chicopee
Records: Tigers (4-1, 1-0 Suburban); Pacers (3-2, 2-0)
Last week: South Hadley beat Ludlow 49-0; Chicopee beat West Springfield 22-20 in OT
Offense 32.4 Offense 25.8
Defense 12.6 Defense 22.8
Comments: Two teams hoping for a spot in the postseason and a Suburban League title square off in a big midseason matchup at Szot Park. The Tigers posted their second shutout of the season last week, but will have a much bigger challenge here in trying to slow down Michael Slaughter (573 yards rushing, seven TDs) on the ground and Jovan Jackson (443 yards passing, four TDs) in the air. The Tigers are tied for first in the MIAA Power Rankings for D-2 with Putnam (4-1).
Turners Falls at Frontier Regional
Records: Indians (3-2, 1-2 Intercounty); Red Hawks (2-1, 1-1)
Last week: Turners beat Sci-Tech 48-0; Frontier lost to Mahar 26-12
Indians Red Hawks
Offense 22.0 Offense 13.3
Defense 6.8 Defense 12.7
Comments: The Red Hawks offense hasn’t had more than two touchdowns in a game this season and the Indians’ defense has been the stingiest in the league this season. Frontier’s defense, no slouch itself, will be focused on slowing down running back Ryan Wilder (614 yards rushing, seven TDs). Turners is third in the MIAA Power Rankings for D-4.
Ludlow at Easthampton
Records: Lions (0-5, 0-2 Tri-County); Eagles (3-2, 3-0)
Last week: Ludlow lost to South Hadley 49-0; Easthampton beat McCann Tech 38-18
Offense 16.0 Offense 24.2
Defense 34.0 Defense 19.0
Comments: Shane Andrews is coming off his best game of the season (20 carries, 179 yards rushing, three TDs) for the Eagles, who enter the weekend second in the MIAA Power Rankings for Division 4 behind Pathfinder (5-0, 3-0) and tied at the top of the Tri-County with the Pioneers. The Lions are winless, but lost their first three games by an average of 4.7 points before being shut out by Pathfinder (27-0) and South Hadley (49-0).
Belchertown at Mahar
Records: Orioles (4-0, 3-0 Intercounty); Senators (2-3, 1-1)
Last week: Belchertown beat Commerce 21-6; Mahar beat Frontier 26-12
Offense 19.5 Offense 15.2
Defense 7.0 Defense 24.8
Comments: The Orioles offense has received a lot of attention in recent years, but it is the defense that has been terrific this season, allowing just 13 points in its last three games. The Senators appear much scarier this week after they knocked off Frontier last week. Belchertown is one of three undefeated teams in Division 3.