HS football: Holyoke snaps losing streak; Belchertown’s playoff hopes take hit

Published: 11/1/2019 11:14:29 PM
Modified: 11/1/2019 11:14:14 PM

The Holyoke football team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 35-20 victory over Agawam, Friday at Holyoke.

The Purple Knights (3-6) led 14-0 at halftime behind Gabriel Fernandez’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Aiden Consedine, and Fernandez’ 4-yard rushing score.

Agawam scored twice in the third quarter, but a blocked extra-point attempt on the second touchdown kept Holyoke in the lead, 14-13.

Jael Cabrera rushed for a 35-yard TD to push Holyoke’s lead to 21-13 entering the fourth.

William Dumoulin made it 27-13 with an 11-yard rushing touchdown

O’s playoff hopes dashed

Chicopee 22, Belchertown 6 — Cam Otto found Cal Daskins for the longest offensive scoring play of the season to pull the Orioles within 8-6 in the second quarter. But the Pacers shut down Belchertown from there and pulled away at Szot Park.

The loss likely ended the playoff hopes for Belchertown (4-4), which was fifth in the Division 5 playoff ratings.

Trailing 8-0, Otto hit Daskins on a wheel rout that went for 90 yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed as the Orioles trailed 8-6.

“We had opportunities but we couldn’t cash in,” Belchertown coach Ed Wyzik said. “Turnovers hurt us. Defense played well. Tough game.”

Otto finished 6 of 14 for 155 yards. Daskins had those six catches and those yards.

The Division 7 playoff-bound Pacers (6-2) held Belchertown to minus-5 yards on 20 carries. Chicopee also had four interceptions.

Vikings fall on senior day

Ware 41, Smith Vocational 8 — Johnathan Castro’s big game wasn’t enough to keep the Vikings (0-8) from losing on senior day.

The Vikings channeled their offense through Castro and the sophomore running back finished the game with 37 carries for 183 yards and a touchdown.

“We changed our offense,” Castro said. “We moved our better blockers to the running side so that way we have more blocks, better chances, more yardage and hopefully touchdowns, which we got one today, thankfully.”

The Indians (7-1) went on the scoreboard first on a four-play opening drive that was capped off by quarterback Dillon Slattery’s 25-yard run to put them up 7-0 with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter.

Slattery struck again a minute and a half into the second quarter, this time running 23 yards for the score on just the third play of the drive to put the Indians up 14-0.

Almost four minutes later, Slattery found the end zone again, this time connecting with receiver Keith Smith for a 38-yard touchdown. Smith missed the extra point for a 20-0 lead at halftime.

Slattery finished the game 2-for-3 passing for 67 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball seven times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

Trailing 41-0, Castro took the handoff, broke a few tackles and found the end zone on a 35-yard run. Quarterback Aaron Pierce floated a pass to Aiden Pederson for the two-point conversion with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter.

“Ware’s a good football team,” Vikings coach Keith Lebeau said. “They’re going to the playoffs. We did what we wanted to do – we drove down the field, we did some things and if we could’ve finished a couple of drives there early on, who knows what could’ve happened.”

Javier Melo

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