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Frontier Regional beats Ludlow for first win under Don Gordon

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It wasn’t the prettiest way to launch a new era of Frontier Regional School football, but new coach Don Gordon and his Red Hawks will take it.

Frontier used a varied running attack and took advantage of a number of Ludlow mishaps to upend the Lions 12-6 in an independent football game Friday night.

“The defense played great tonight,” Gordon said. “I think we need to do some work on the offensive line, but we were happy to come out with the win.”

The Red Hawks started off strong, moving the ball almost at will on the first offensive series behind the running of junior backs Justin Blake and Jack Hebert, and junior quarterback Oliver Fox. The drive stalled, however, with a fumble and a sack at the Ludlow 43. The Lions didn’t fare much better on their first series, punting the ball to the Frontier 26.

Two plays later, Fox took the ball around the left end, deked two Ludlow defenders and sprinted into the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown. Ludlow stopped Hebert’s two-point conversion run, keeping the score 6-0.

Ludlow had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm, but got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when a Kyle Mederios punt skipped off the hands of Frontier deep man Ariq Welch and ended up in the end zone. Ludlow’s Andrew Conchinha fell on the ball for the touchdown. Daniel Rodriques’ two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, tying the game 6-6 heading into halftime.

Frontier took advantage of the first of three second-half Ludlow fumbles to set up the eventual winning touchdown. One play after Frontier’s Justin Farrick recovered the fumble at the Lion 6, Fox rolled right and hit junior Ian Blight in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. Ludlow stopped the conversion run, creating the 12-6 final.

Ludlow was unable to mount any sustained offense the rest of the way, in part because of Frontier’s defense, which featured five freshman starters.

Frontier travels to Springfield next weekend to take on Cathedral High School.


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