Amherst Regional can’t slow Chicopee running game, falls 34-8

Last modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013

AMHERST — In front of a cold crowd draped in layers of flannel blankets, Chicopee’s running game was too much for Amherst Regional to handle.

Despite junior wide receiver Taj-Amir Torres’ 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Amherst stayed winless with a 34-8 Suburban League loss Friday night.

Chicopee’s running back tandem of Isaiah Green and Tony Slaughter combined for over 250 yards.

“I am heartbroken for our seniors,” Amherst head coach David Thompson said. “We have some games left on our schedule, and it’s up to us to make something of the season with the games we have left.”

Chicopee utilized its ground game early and often, giving the ball to Green almost every play out of a single-back formation. The Pacers, though, scored through the air on their touchdown drive. Riley Campbell connected with Slaughter on a 30-yard pass with just 10 seconds left in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead.

The six-point deficit remained throughout the majority of the second quarter for the Hurricanes, but Chicopee added 14 points in the last three minutes to pull away. Green punched in a 1-yard touchdown run just before the 2-minute mark making it 12-0. Amherst fumbled the ensuing kick return and gave the Pacers great field position.

With 36 seconds left in the half, Chicopee added another 1-yard touchdown run, this time by way of senior running back Darrell Chambers, for a 20-0 halftime lead.

“We prepared all week for the run,” Thompson said. “There is no doubt that it’s frustrating, but I know we are there to make plays. ... We just have to finish.”

Amherst running back Brandon Rivera showed promise on a third quarter drive. His shifty, quick moves got him chunks of yards that varied from 6 to 9 yards at a time. The drive took about five minutes off the clock until Chicopee linebacker Michael Murdock leapt up and snagged a pass, intercepting the ball and returning it 40 yards. The turnover set up Chambers for his second touchdown, extending the lead to 27-0.

On the ensuing kickoff in the fourth quarter, Torres put Amherst on the board with an 80-yard kick return. The touchdown was followed by a successful 2-point conversion run by senior quarterback Donovan Riley.

“A great run by Taj,” Thompson said. “We have to continue to get better, and go get the games we still have left to play.”

Chicopee 34, Amherst 8

Chicopee 6 14 0 14-34

Amherst 0 0 0 8-8

1st Quarter

C-Troy Slaughter 25-yard pass from Riley Campbell (kick failed), 0:10.9

2nd Quarter

C-Isaiah Green 1-yard run (run failed), 2:16

C-Darrell Chambers 1 run (Michael Murdock Jr. from Campbell), 0:36.1

3rd Quarter

No scoring

4th Quarter

C-Darrell Chambers 1 run (Murdock Jr. kick), 10:58

A-Taj-Amir Torres 80 kick return (Donovan Riley run), 10:41

C-Slaughter 37 run (Murdock Jr. kick), 9:06


Passing- Chicopee Campbell 2-2-31-1; Amherst Riley 5-11-17-0

Rushing- Chicopee Slaughter 12-147; Green 19-109: Chambers 15-43; Amherst Rivera 11-50; Torres 2-2

Receiving- Chicopee Slaughter 1-25; Jackson 1-6; Amherst Rivera 2-9; Torres 1-1


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