Amherst clinches winning season, beats West Side 20-0
Not only did the Amherst Regional football team clinch its first winning season since 2004 Friday night, it kept its postseason hopes alive with a 20-0 road victory over West Springfield.
The Hurricanes (5-3, 4-2 Suburban) were led defensively by Donovan Riley, who had five sacks, including one that caused a fumble returned by Brandon Rivera for an 8-yard score in the second quarter.
Kieran Presley added an interception, while Taj Torres shut down the Terriers’ top receiving threat.
Presley and quarterback Justin Carey both scored rushing touchdowns in the win for the Hurricanes, who entered the game ranked fifth in the Division 2 power ratings.
“It’s great to clinch a winning season and send out our seniors on that note,” said Amherst coach David Thompson. “Our playoffs started (three weeks ago) after the loss to South Hadley. We know we can’t lose again if we hope to make the playoffs. Any setback would keep us out, so we’re just trying to play our best every week.”
Amherst wraps up the regular season on Thanksgiving morning when it hosts Northampton at 10 a.m. Both rivals will enter the matchup still very much alive to reach the playoffs.
Turners Falls 40, Easthampton 30 — Shane Andrews rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, but the Eagles (6-4) fell in Montague.
Lucious Burrell added 75 yards on 15 carries, while Billy Sullivan returned a kickoff 83 yards for a score.
Ryan Wilder led the Indians (8-2) with 19 carries for 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Athol 27, Frontier Regional 8 — The Red Hawks (2-6, 1-6 Intercounty) scored on their first possession, but that was it in the loss on the road.
Rylan Baronas connected with Oliver Fox for a 28-yard score. Baronas completed 7-of-17 pass attempts for 100 yards.
Chris Toomey rushed 16 times for 48 yards.