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Saturday’s high schools: South Hadley football falls short against Minnechaug, 27-26

The South Hadley football team had a chance to take a lead against Minnechaug in the closing minutes of their game Saturday.

The Tigers comeback fell short when Andres Lopez intercepted a 2-point conversion pass attempt to seal the Falcons 27-26 victory in South Hadley.

“We don’t really have a consistent kicker this year,” South Hadley coach Eric Scammons said. “We lost an all-state kicker in Liam Murphy so we went for two all day and unfortunately we were 1-for-4.”

South Hadley fell to 0-2. It was Minnechaug’s season opener.

“We made a lot of mental mistakes and assignment mistakes against East Longmeadow” in Week 1, Scammons said. “They capitalized on our mistakes. This week, we didn’t make those errors and didn’t turn it over nearly as much. The turnover game was equalized and minus the mental mistakes, we did a good job.”

A turnover on downs and a turnover gave the Falcons short field position in the second quarter. Minnechaug scored off both mistakes and took a 28-14 lead into halftime.

The second quarter our offense kind of sputtered and gave it back to them. The best defense against them is to have your offense on the field,” Scammons said. “Our offense was able to sustain drives more in the second half and keep it out of their hands.”

TJ Fitzell rushed 11 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, while Ryan Kleszczynski added 79 yards on 16 carries and one TD.

Quarterback Patrick Sears was 15 for 24 for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Pedro Santiago had five receptions for 47 yards and a score.

Boys soccer

Ludlow 2, Belchertown 1 — William Aldrich scored from Alex DeSantis and Lewis Berger made eight saves but the Orioles (4-1), who trailed 2-0 at halftime, fell to the Lions (5-0) Saturday.

Girls soccer

Belchertown 6, Ludlow 0 — Brittany Moreau (assist) had three goals and Breanne Moreau (goal) had two assists as the Orioles (4-0) cruised at home Saturday.

Tea Spellacy (assist) and Bryanna Veroneau each had one goal, while Lyndsey Fleming had one assist.

Sarah Laclair and Ashley Cavanaugh each made three saves in the shutout.

Cross Country

The Belchertown boys cross country team and the South Hadley girls came away with three wins Saturday at the Orioles’ 2.8-mile course.

Drew Lindholm, Matt Quinney, Alec Walker, Matt Delude and Aaron Funk each finished in the Top 10 as the Orioles (4-0) beat Palmer, South Hadley and Granby.

Hope Werenski, Grace Bailly, Serena Sarage and Gabby Schwalm finished first through fourth, respectively, to pace the Tigers (4-0) past Granby, Belchertown and Palmer.

Boys Cross Country

South Hadley 17, Granby 38

South Hadley 28, Palmer 29

Palmer 25, Granby 31

Belchertown 26, Palmer 33

Belchertown 20, South Hadley 41

Belchertown 15, Granby 49

at Belchertown, 2.8 miles

Winner: 1. Henry Domnarski (P), 16:28

Belchertown (4-0, 2-0 Valley South): 3. Drew Lindholm, 17:22; 4. Matt Quinney, 17:46; 7. Alec Walker, 18:08; 8. Matt Delude, 18:17; 9. Aaron Funk, 18:17

South Hadley (2-2, 0-2): 2. Chad McKenna, 16:44; 11. Cam Earle, 18:52; 12. Matt Werenski, 19:20; 15. Max Delude, 19:38; 17. Nick Tosoni, 19:48

Granby (0-4): 13. Noah Gould, 19:27; 18. Colby Forbush, 19:52; 19. Collin Mick, 20:04; 21. Andrew Evren, 20:21; 23. Elijah Sinclair, 21:00

Girls Cross Country

South Hadley 16, Granby 45

South Hadley 17, Belchertown 38

South Hadley 15, Palmer 50

Belchertown 18, Granby 43

Belchertown 15, Palmer 50

Granby 22, Palmer 33

at Belchertown, 2.8 miles

Winner: 1. Hope Werenski (SH), 21:01

Belchertown (3-1, 1-1 Valley South): 5. Tatyana Almore, 21:15; 6. Jillian Paterwic, 21:20; 9. Hannah Lussier, 22:12; 10. Gabby Hardyn, 22:38; 11. Carrie Aberdale, 23:07

South Hadley (4-0, 2-0 VS): 2. Grace Bailly, 21:01; 3. Serena Sarage, 21:01; 4. Gabby Schwalm, 21:03; 8. Aryn Banas, 21:59

Granby (2-2): 7. Casey Imelio, 21:50; 12. Alexis Strycharz, 23:10; 26. Emily Whitacre, 24:17; 31. Emily Sawyer, 24:43; 34. Anabel Evren, 25:16

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