High School Football Capsules
Frontier Regional at Sci-Tech
Tonight, 5, at Central High
Records: Red Hawks (1-0, 0-0 Intercounty); Cybercats (0-3, 0-2)
Last week: Frontier was off; Sci-Tech lost to Pathfinder 31-0
Red Hawks Cybercats
Offense 12.0 Offense 4.0
Defense 6.0 Defense 29.0
Comments: Due to a postponement, the Red Hawks haven’t played in 20 days, when they defeated Pioneer Regional 12-6. Frontier has had plenty of time to scout the Cybercats. The Red Hawks, who usually win with defense, will face a Cybercats offense that has struggled mightily to move the ball. Rylan Baronas threw for a pair of scores in Frontier’s win. Tonight’s game is the first of a doubleheader at Central, as the Golden Eagles host Chicopee at 8 p.m.
Wahconah at Northampton
Records: Warriors (3-0); Blue Devils (3-0)
Last week: Wahconah beat Drury 28-0; Northampton beat Cathedral 34-16
Warriors Blue Devils
Offense 27.3 Offense 33.0
Defense 14.0 Defense 15.3
Comments: Northampton faces its next big test in a game featuring two teams in the WMass Media Top 10 poll. The No. 6 Blue Devils have been one of the surprise stories of the season and here they face another one in the No. 10 Warriors. Nathan Bones and Danny Mam each rushed for more than 100 yards last week and combined for all five touchdowns. Wahconah is led by Nathan Pease, who has 304 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Lane Grogan averages nearly 100 yards passing per game.
Belchertown at Turners Falls
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Records: Orioles (2-0, 1-0 Intercounty); Indians (2-1, 0-1)
Last week: Belchertown was off; Turners defeated Dean Tech 34-6
Offense 18.5 Offense 18.0
Defense 7.0 Defense 4.7
Comments: The Orioles are coming off a bye week to square off against an Indians squad that has won two games against Tri-County teams. Belchertown’s defense has been strong early and will have to deal with workhorse Ryan Wilder (52 carries, 407 yards, three TDs). Offensively, the Orioles have shown the ability to spread the ball around, with the air game leading the way in a season-opening win over Easthampton on Sept. 8 and the ground game taking over against Mohawk on Sept. 15.
Ware at Easthampton
Saturday, 1:30, at White Brook Middle School
Records: Indians (1-1, 1-1 Tri-County); Eagles (1-2, 1-0)
Last week: Ware defeated Ludlow 36-34 (OT); Easthampton lost to St. Joseph’s 32-14
Offense 21.0 Offense 19.3
Defense 26.0 Defense 18.3
Comments: The Eagles challenged themselves with their early nonleague schedule and fell to Belchertown in OT and the Crusaders last week. Both of those teams could end up in the postseason. Easthampton ran the ball effectively in its first two games, but struggled there last week. Ware is led by dual-threat quarterback Andrew Koczur, who is coming off a stellar performance against the Lions where he posted more than 350 all-purpose yards.
East Longmeadow at South Hadley
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Records: Spartans (1-1); Tigers (2-1)
Last week: East Longmeadow defeated West Springfield 42-22; South Hadley lost to Longmeadow 28-14
Offense 26.0 Offense 27.3
Defense 28.0 Defense 11.7
Comments: The Spartans may be the most underrated team in the region, having lost to Foxborough in their opener and then easily dispatching West Springfield last week. They spread out the ball on the ground and quarterback Dan McGuill has thrown for nearly 300 yards and four TDs in two games. South Hadley, meanwhile, looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season to the top team in WMass. The Tigers have also defeated West Side this season (30-0). Sean Rondeau has emerged as a strong dual-threat quarterback, having passed for 382 yards and three TDs and rushed for 124 yards so far.
Amherst Regional at Holyoke
Records: Hurricanes (1-0); Purple Knights (1-2)
Last week: Amherst did not play; Holyoke beat Westfield 26-15
Hurricanes Purple Knights
Offense 46.0 Offense 16.3
Defense 14.0 Defense 30.3
Comments: The Hurricanes return to the field two weeks after their impressive debut under new coach David Thompson. Now they square off against a Purple Knights squad that got its first win last week. This one should have some fireworks as quarterbacks Endy Sanchez of Holyoke and Justin Carey of Amherst can air it out. The Hurricanes rushing duo of Kieran Presley and Brandon Rivera look to build on a terrific debut against Westfield, which saw them combine for 248 yards from scrimmage and two TDs.