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Frontier comeback stalls as Mahar holds on for 40-28 victory

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Logan Barrett rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Mahar football beat Frontier 40-28, Saturday in South Deerfield.

The Senators (3-3, 3-2 Intercounty) thwarted a furious fourth quarter comeback by the Red Hawks and kept themselves alive for a possible playoff berth.

“We’re getting better,” Mahar coach Greg Scotland said.

Frontier junior quarterback Oliver Fox found receiver Ian Blight on a 57-yard touchdown pass that gave the Red Hawks a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Barrett hit Drew Patria for a 45-yard catch and run that tied the score at 6-6, just 38 seconds in.

After the defense forced a Frontier punt with a three-and-out on the next series, it took the Senators only two plays to score again. Barrett and senior running back Troix Adams combined for a 65-yard score with 6:46 left in the half, and extended the lead to 14-6 when Barrett ran in the 2-point conversion.

The defenses then settled in and kept the remainder of the quarter scoreless.

The Senators came our running in the third quarter. Out of 17 plays, 15 were runs and two of those were for touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Malik Adams struck first, barreling 49 yards into the end zone at the 8:55 mark to put the Senators up 20-6. Just over three minutes later, Barrett scampered in for his first running score, and after Nick Newton blasted in the 2-point attempt, Mahar was up 28-6.

After being held dormant for most of the day, Frontier’s offense sprang to life. It started when Fox completed a 76-yard drive with a 4-yard scoring run to make it 28-12 with 7:29 remaining in the game.

Barrett then threw an interception at midfield on the first play of the ensuing drive. Mahar’s defense held, however, and got the ball back for Barrett, who promptly delivered a 60-yard TD run, making it 34-12 with 4:40 remaining.

On the ensuing possession, the Red Hawks drove 84-yards on four plays with junior running back Matt Ackerman finishing it off with a 69-yard score. Fox hit Blight for the conversion to make it 34-20.

The Red Hawks then recovered an onside kick at the 50. Six plays later, Ackerman was in the end zone and after Fox strolled in for the 2-point play, it was 34-28 with 1:15 to go.

Frontier, through, failed to recover another onside kick and gave the Senators a short field. On second-and-9 from the Frontier 49, Barrett capped the game with a 49-yard touchdown run.

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