High School Football Previews
Frontier Regional at Mohawk
Records: Red Hawks (2-7, 1-6 Intercounty); Warriors (3-6, 2-5)
Last game: Frontier lost to Ware 27-8; Mohawk lost to Commerce 34-12
Red Hawks Warriors
Offense 9.6 Offense 14.7
Defense 22.3 Defense 19.7
Comments: These two teams are looking to close out disappointing campaigns with a victory. The Red Hawks want to snap a seven-game losing streak. They’ll need to put some points on the board to get that done. Both squads have respectable defenses, so this projects as a low-scoring affair.
Northampton at Amherst Regional
Thursday, 10 a.m.
Records: Blue Devils (6-4, 3-4 AA Conference); Hurricanes (5-3, 4-2 Suburban)
Last game: Northampton defeated Westfield 28-22; Amherst defeated West Springfield 20-0
Blue Devils Hurricanes
Offense 22.1 Offense 27.3
Defense 22.2 Defense 18.3
Comments: Amherst has won the last two matchups, but the battle this season is for far more than just the bridge. Both the Blue Devils and Hurricanes enter the contest very much alive for postseason. Hamp needs a win and a Chicopee Comp loss to claim the fourth and final Division 1 position. Amherst must win and get a lot of help to overtake Commerce for the last Division 2 spot. Over their three-game winning streak, the ’Canes have unleashed running back Kieran Presley as well as a swarming defense. Hamp will lean on quarterback RJ Ramsden in the must-win scenario.
Pathfinder at Belchertown
Thursday, 10 a.m.
Records: Pioneers (10-0, 8-0 Tri-County); Orioles (9-0, 8-0 Intercounty)
Last game: Pathfinder defeated Dean Tech 46-24; Belchertown defeated Greenfield 35-8
Offense 29.7 Offense 24.8
Defense 9.2 Defense 5.1
Comments: This may be the best matchup on the Thanksgiving morning docket, yet it’s completely meaningless in terms of playoff positioning. Both teams have locked up the top seeds in their respective divisions. All that’s left to play for are a perfect regular season and bragging rights. The Pioneers feature a high-powered offensive attack, but the Orioles own the best defense in the area in terms of points allowed. Belchertown has won the last three holiday matchups.
South Hadley at Chicopee Comp
Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Records: Tigers (8-1, 5-0 Suburban); Colts (5-4, 4-1)
Last game: South Hadley defeated Putnam 29-8; Chicopee Comp defeated Chicopee 33-21
Offense 38.0 Offense 19.4
Defense 12.1 Defense 26.0
Comments: The winner of this rivalry matchup will claim the Suburban League title. South Hadley has already secured a Division 2 playoff spot, and a win will lock up the top seed. The Colts have overcome an 0-4 start to win five in a row, with four of those victories coming in league play. A win will automatically put them in the Division 1 field by virtue of the league title. But the Tigers have owned this matchup recently, including a 52-6 pounding last season.
Dean Tech at Easthampton
Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Williston
Records: Hawks (0-9, 0-7 Tri-County); Eagles (6-4, 6-1)
Last week: Dean Tech lost to Pathfinder 46-24; Easthampton lost to Turners Falls 40-30
Offense 10.2 Offense 24.3
Defense 38.8 Defense 21.8
Comments: The Eagles have assured themselves a berth in the Division 4 tournament, but a seventh win would give them a shot at the No. 2 seed behind Pathfinder. Easthampton is locked into a runner-up finish in the Tri-County. They shouldn’t have much trouble putting up points on a Dean Tech squad that’s allowed nearly 40 per game.