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Greenfield shuts down Frontier Regional, 20-6

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield football team made a key defensive stop late in the first half, and took advantage of Frontier Regional’s mistakes en route to a 20-6 Intercounty League win Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field.

“We’re banged up, but the kids gave it their all,” Frontier coach Don Gordon said. “We were losing people left and right out there, and we made a lot of mistakes, but we’re improving every week.”

The Green Wave scored on its first series, when senior back Jourdan York-Welcome (17 carries, 84 yards) ran a draw play 12 yards up the middle for the first of his two touchdown runs. The Red Hawks blocked Robin Marchese’s extra-point kick to keep the score 6-0.

York-Welcome scored his second touchdown in the next series from 14 yards out. Connor Eckstrom’s point-after pass to Lew Borden fell incomplete as Greenfield led 12-0.

Following a fumble recovery, the Red Hawks answered with their best sustained drive of the game as Ariq Welch capped a 60-yard, nine-play drive with 1-yard touchdown run to make it 12-6.

Frontier had a chance to pull closer late in the second quarter. Frontier took over on the Greenfield 47 and six plays later, quarterback Oliver Fox hit tight end Blight (three catches, 64 yards) for 28 yards, setting the Red Hawks up with a first-and-goal from the Greenfield 5 with less than a minute left.

After Greenfield stopped three consecutive runs by Jack Hebert, Fox tried a quarterback keeper, but defensive end Hazon Thomas dropped Fox at the 2.

Max Pirozhkov returned a Brandon Bryant punt 70 yards for the game’s final touchdown. York-Welcome ran in the 2-point conversion.

“Frontier played tough, and we made some mistakes and they capitalized on them,” Greenfield coach Mike Kuchieski said. “They are young — they’re where we were a few years ago — but they battle. While we’re happy to get out of here with the win, we’re never really satisfied and we shouldn’t be.”

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