Cal Daskam runs for 4 TDs as Belchertown football routs Pathfinder on Thanksgiving

For the Gazette
Published: 11/22/2018 4:51:26 PM

BELCHERTOWN — The culture has changed at Belchertown and the Orioles can take pride in going out on a winning note.

Not only on the Thanksgiving Day scoreboard, following a 46-6 triumph over Pathfinder, but for the season in which Belchertown closed out with a 7-4 record.

“The kids were able to buy into our off-season program and spent a lot of time in the gym,” coach Ed Wyzik said. “We were where Pathfinder is, and we had to overcome some bumps along the way.”

Belchertown will lose 15 seniors, many of whom were thrown into action as underclassmen due to injuries. They emerged as solid football players and role models for the underclassmen.

“This is different now,” Cal Daskam said.

No one came up bigger than Daskam, who scored a career-high four touchdowns. He rushed for 122 yards and earned Most Valuable Player honors.

“He’s slippery, and he has the heart of a lion,” Wyzik said. “I can’t say enough about him.”

Daskam, who accounted for nearly 800 yards this season, ran for touchdowns of 20, 32, 1 and 13 yards to help the Orioles erase an early 6-0 deficit.

“The blocking was really good,” Daskam said. “I saw the holes, and I made the right cuts.”

Joey Douillard and Justin Pendrick also scored touchdowns, as the Orioles rushed for 279 yards on a frigid morning. The field was frozen and had patches of snow.

“Actually, it was easier running on the snow,” Daskam said.

The conditions dictated the game plan for both teams. Belchertown attempted only one pass, and Pathfinder had only two attempts.

One of them was a floater which landed in the waiting arms of defensive end Joel Wyzik, who nearly took it to the end zone before he was brought down.

“It felt like it took a year to get to me, and I thought I had a touchdown before I got slammed down,” said Wyzik, who had his first career interception. “The conditions were tough, but we were able to adapt and shut them down.”

Wyzik led the defensive charge with eight tackles. He finished his senior season with 18.5 sacks.

Belchertown did a good job clogging up the middle and Austin Bogorio came up with a key fumble recovery to set up a touchdown. The Orioles did allow a few big gains to the outside, but only one of those runs did damage.

That came just 2 minutes, 9 seconds into the game when Donovan Manzaro broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown and a 6-0 Pathfinder lead. But Belchertown scored 46 unanswered points thanks to a punishing ground game.

Douillard led all rushers with 124 yards. The Orioles controlled the clock and limited the Pioneers to only four plays during a fast-moving third quarter.

Daskam got things going for the Orioles during the first quarter. He rushed for a 20-yard score and ran in the conversion to give Belchertown the lead for good, 8-6 with 4:31 left in the opening quarter.

The Orioles weren’t finished. Daskam scored on a 32-yard carry with 18.5 seconds remaining and Alex Prefontane ran in the conversion, one of three Oriole linemen to do so, and the lead swelled to 16-6.

Daskam had touchdown runs of 1 and 13 yards during the second quarter to provide the Orioles with a 30-6 halftime advantage.

Douillard ran for a 58-yard touchdown. and Justin Pendrick added a 4-yard scoring run to spark a 16-point third quarter that left the Orioles with a 46-6 lead.

“Pathfinder had a rough season, but they showed a lot of class out there today,” Coach Wyzik said.

Belchertown 46, Pathfinder

Pathfinder

6

0

0

0

—6

Belchertown

16

14

16

0

—46

First quarter

P—Donovan Mazaro 56 run (kick failed) 8:51

B—Cal Daskam 20 run (Daskam run) 4:31

B—Daskam 32 run (John Flink run) 18.5

Second quarter

B—Daskam 1 run (run failed) 10:02

B—Daskam 13 run (Alex Prefontane run) 4:28

Third quarter

B—Joey Douillard 58 run (James Zuhusky run) 9:47

B—Justin Pendrick 4 run (Prefontane run) 2:50

Fourth quarter

No scoring.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Pathfinder–Russell 7-18, Manzaro 11-83, Griswald 1-(-2_, Talbot 2-(-21), Lackey 1-13. Belchertown–Lovett 5-36, Douillard 6-124, Flink 4-23, Lawless 1-(-4), Meurrla 1-0, Cowls 1-2, Daskam 9-122, Otto 2-(-10), Pendrick 2-6

PASSING—Pathfinder–Talbot 0-2. Belchertown–Flink 0-1.


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