Greenfield runs past Belchertown

For the Gazette
Published: 10/28/2017 12:28:56 AM

GREENFIELD — Colin Cloutier knows a thing or two about plowing the road for his running backs, but now that he’s become Greenfield’s featured back late in the football season, the converted lineman is suddenly piling up the numbers.

Cloutier, a senior, ran for 213 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown and three 2-point conversions, helping to key the Green Wave’s big second half Friday night in a 30-6 victory over Belchertown at Veterans Memorial Field.

The Wave (4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak during which its defense was worn out for 113 points allowed. After Belchertown pulled to within 8-6 early in the third quarter, Greenfield held the Orioles to a pair of punts, a lost fumble and a turnover on downs in their last four possessions, while rattling off the last 22 points.

“A guy coming off the line of scrimmage for three years, and then we put him in the backfield, I can’t say enough about him,” Greenfield coach Mike Kuchieski said. “We gave him a shot — unfortunately it was with RJ being hurt — and he ran hard. He was the real deal tonight.”

Belchertown (1-7) trailed 8-0 at halftime when Cal Daskam ran the second-half kickoff back 48 yards to the Greenfield 29. John Flink threw to Ryan French for 15 yards down to the 2, and Michael Pelletier dove in on the next play to make it 8-6.

Greenfield’s Hunter Campbell then returned the kickoff 40 yards to the Belchertown 48. Owen Phelps, who threw only six times on the night, hit Daniel Vega on a crossing pattern for 34 yards and the touchdown with 5:46 to play in the third. Cloutier’s 2-pointer made it a 16-6 game as Greenfield pulled away.


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