Easthampton stifles Belchertown, 26-6

  • Easthampton's David Helems breaks free of Belchertown's Hunter Klingensmith Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's David Helems, left, breaks free of Belchertown's Matthew Fournier Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Belchertown's Cameron Cass runs the ball against Easthampton Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's Camden Kelly, front, intercepts the ball from Belchertown's Cameron Supple Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Belchertown's Cameron Cass, center, tries to control the ball under pressure from Easthampton's Noah Batchelder, left, and Tyler Perrone Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's David Helems, left, breaks free of Belchertown's Bradley Lovett Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's Max Weir looks to pass the ball under pressure from Belchertown's Ogulcan Cayan Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's Camden Kelly, left, tackles Belchertown's Cameron Cass Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's Max Weir looks to pass the ball under pressure from Belchertown Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's David Helems, center, fights to control the ball against Belchertown's Andrew Desjardins, left, Jack Masella and Hunter Klingensmith Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Easthampton's Camden Kelly, right, scores a touchdown while Belchertown's Cameron Supple trails him Oct. 14 during a boys football game at Belchertown High School. GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

For the Gazette
Published: 10/14/2016 11:41:32 PM

BELCHERTOWN — The Easthampton football team played spoiler to Belchertown’s senior night, defeating the Orioles, 26-6, Friday night.

“We thought we’d have a good chance tonight,” said Easthampton coach Matt Bean. “We’re getting back, we’re young on both sides of the ball, (and) every week we’ve been getting a little better and I think we finally put together a whole game where we played well.”

Easthampton (2-4) is 2-0 in the Intercounty South. Belchertown (2-3) fell to 1-1.

“They outplayed us at the line of scrimmage,” said Belchertown coach Chris Bourget.

Easthampton quarterback Max Weir threw for two touchdowns, both to wide receiver David Helems. Weir also rushed for one of his own.

“David and I have built a great relationship between each other, and it’s just kind of at the point where I feel like I know where he’s going to be and we have the timing down really well,” said Weir.

The first half was a battle of attrition, with both sides struggling to get deep into the other’s territory. The Orioles threatened in the first half, with Jackson Leduc and Cam Cass combining for 41 yards rushing on four straight plays, but they were forced to punt in Eagles territory.

Weir threw a 29-yard pass to Tyler Perrone to close out the first quarter, but two plays later, Leduc picked up a Clayton Kelly fumble on Belchertown’s 21 and returned it to the 47. After Cass lost 5 yards on a run and a false start call, the Orioles were forced to punt again.

The Eagles broke open the scoring on the next drive with a 3-yard run from Camden Kelly with 7 seconds remaining in the half. With Weir unable to connect with Helems on the 2-point conversion, Easthampton entered the half holding a 6-0 lead.

The Eagles received the ball to start the second half, and despite starting the drive with a 9-yard loss, Weir found Helems in the back-right corner of the end zone to make it 12-0 with 6:01 left in the quarter.

The Orioles took the ball into Eagles territory on the next drive, but turned it over on downs after a Leduc pass to Jack Masella came up short.

Easthampton nearly did the same on its next drive, but facing a fourth-and-1, Camden Kelly came up with a 43-yard run deep into Orioles territory. Two plays later Weir found Helems in the end zone from 2-yards out. After Weir took the 2-point conversion in himself, the Eagles lead 20-0 early in the fourth quarter.

The Orioles broke through on their next series. Facing a fourth-and-7 on their own 45, Leduc carried the ball just enough to gain the first down and then connected with Masella for a 30-yard pass deep into Easthampton territory. Cass punched it in two plays later as the Orioles trailed 20-6 with 6:27 left in the game.

Belchertown came back with a successful onside kick seconds later, and looked to build on its momentum until Noah Batchelder picked off Leduc and stifled the home team’s comeback effort.

“We count on him to do those things,” said Bean. “When we count on him to make those big plays, it happens.”

The Eagles added another touchdown late in the quarter as Weir ran it in himself from 12 yards out with 1:16 left to make it 26-6.

Belchertown visits Monument Mountain next week while Easthampton hosts Amherst Regional.

“We’ve got Amherst at home next week and that’ll be another tough game for us,” said Bean. “We’re in our league play now and I told our guys we had a tough non-league schedule, but we learned and got better every week so that’s what we’re trying to do.”




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