High Schools: Holyoke football takes down Chicopee Comp

  • South Hadley sophomore Brock Fitzell races up the field for an 83-yard touchdown after corralling an improvised throw from Tigers quarterback Shawn Mitchell. The Tigers beat Ludlow 31-0 in South Hadley on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/ KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley running back James Couture cuts back inside during a 63-yard touchdown run against Ludlow on Thursday. The Tigers beat the Lions 31-0 at home. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI—

  • The Holyoke High School football team showed off its offensive prowess Thursday, capturing a 44-34 victory over Chicopee Comp. FOR THE GAZETTE/JUSTIN MACCAGNAN

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Published: 4/1/2021 9:54:36 PM

CHICOPEE — Despite being without the services of Aidan Stark and Kevin Jourdain, Holyoke’s offense ran through Chicopee Comp on Thursday. The Purple Knights picked up their first win of the season behind a 44-34 victory over the Colts.

Holyoke running back William Dumoulin had over 150 rushing yards to go with a receiving touchdown.

“He’s a tough kid,” said Holyoke head coach Joe Dutsar said of Dumoulin. “I don’t think he gets enough credit because we have so many skill players.”

Jael Cabrera also added to the offensive onslaught with two receiving touchdowns. On his second touchdown catch, the junior channeled his inner Odell Beckham circa 2014, lighting up the sideline with a circus TD. Even Chicopee Comp fans looked on in awe at the highlight play.

“That’s normal stuff for me,” said Cabrera with a laugh.

Dumoulin lit the sparks for the Purple Knights on the first play of the game, as quarterback Quinn Cauley threw the ball to Scott Leary, who then lateraled it to Dumoulin. He then booked it down the sideline for 80 yards and a quick score.

For Dutsar, the play was a throwback to when his assistant coach, David Guzman, played for him in the Holyoke heyday of the 1990s.

“Guzman played for me back in 1996 and that same play we ran here at Comp. He was on the receiving end of the lateral,” said the veteran head coach. “We were reminiscing about it and he told me we should put it in. He called me today and said, ‘First play?’ and I said absolutely.”

Chicopee Comp struggled mightily to defend Holyoke’s spread offense, giving up large chunk plays multiple times throughout the game. Dutsar was pleased with his team’s spread offense approach.

“Spreading the ball to all these different players allowed them to not focus on one person specifically,” he said.

On defense, the Purple Knights did have trouble with Comp running back Nathan Conde and quarterback Brennan Fields. Conde topped the 100-yard mark and had four touchdowns.

“We’re young and inexperienced,” said Dutsar, “however, I’m missing Aidan [Stark] and Kevin [Jourdain] which is 550 pounds of beef.”

Holyoke was able to record two interceptions on the Colts, one of them made by Dymetri Gonzalez, who was also thrust into the quarterback position when Cauley got banged up trying to recover a fumble.

“This is the first time [Dymetri] has played quarterback all year,” said Dutsar. “He hasn’t even played much of the position in practice.”

Gonzalez threw a pass to David Sicard for a successful two-point conversion and then proceeded to take a knee for the Purple Knights to secure the road victory.

Cauley sat out the rest of the game, but said he felt OK after the win.

“It feels amazing to win against them,” said Cauley. “Last year, they did us good and they are an amazing team but I guess we just wanted it more.”

South Hadley 31, Ludlow 0 – Shawn Mitchell threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns, as the Tigers raced to their third straight win.

He found sophomore Brock Fitzell for an 83-yard touchdown early in the second quarter even though he wasn’t looking. Mitchell was scrambling after a disrupted screen play and saw James Couture to his left. Fitzell intercepted the pass from his own quarterback and raced untouched to the end zone.

“Sometimes you can’t over coach things. Sometimes they’ve got to be kids and play backyard football,” South Hadley coach Scott Taylor said.

That play sparked an offense that struggled to get on track at first. The Lions held South Hadley to a missed field goal on its first possession, then the Tigers regained possession in the red zone after a poor Ludlow punt. Kyle Johnson put South Hadley on the board from a yard out with 2:18 left in the first quarter.

Mitchell tossed his second touchdown of the day late in the first half after finding Evan Piquette on a 13-yard fourth down slant.

“Our run game really opened up our passing game,” Mitchell said. “Ludlow running man-to-man really let our play makers go out there and get the ball.”

South Hadley’s run game began to eat up yards to start the second half. The Tigers ran the ball nine out of 10 plays on their first drive of the third quarter, gaining 58 yards. Johnson capped the drive with a five-yard score.

After holding Ludlow to a three-and-out where defensive lineman Ishmael Flores collected two sacks, Couture put a bow on the game with a 63-yard run up the left side that featured a deft cut back to the center of the field.

“I thought in the first half, we talked about the body clocks being off with the game being at 4 p.m.,” Taylor said. “They played better after halftime. The blocks were crisper. I thought that the third quarter was one of our better quarters.”

Boys basketball

Sabis 76, Hampshire 53 — Justin Fores had 25 point and hit three 3s, as the Raiders fell on the road. He sank 10 free throws. Dylan Rohan added eight points, and Jamil Rodriguez had seven.

Girls basketball

Holyoke 66, Northampton 51 — Bianca Ortiz dropped 27 points to lead the Purple Knights to a home win.

Kleriz Matos added 17 points for Holyoke in the win, with Yamaya Perez finishing with 11 points. 

Ava Azzaro was the lone Northampton player in double-figures with 14 points. Riley Allen and Eloise Ruberti each had nine points. 

Hampshire 64, Sabis 30 —Eleven Radiers scored in a home victory.

Maddie Pond had a team-high 17 points for the Red Raiders, adding in five steals. 

Maggie Rubeck added 12 points and seven rebounds, Liz Colon-Garcia had five points and nine rebounds and Emma Czarniecki had two points and eight rebounds for Hampshire in the win. 

Boys soccer

Smith Academy 3, Mahar 1 —The Falcons conceded early but answered with three goals. 

Nathan Moynihan converted a penalty kick for the Falcons to tie the game 1-1 going into the half. Riley Intrator scored both of Smith Academy’s goals in the final 40 minutes of play.

Mohawk Trail 1, Hopkins Academy 1 — The Golden Hawks controlled possession for nearly the entire game, but the Warriors made the most of their limited opportunities in Hadley. 

The Warriors got just two shots on goal, but Tyler Dubreuil’s in the second half made it into the back of the net.

Hopkins’ lone tally came in the first half on a goal off the foot of Dominic Aloisi, from an Andrew Ciaglo assist. 

Girls soccer

Mahar 6, Smith Academy 0 — Falcons goalie Maddie Bell made 16 saves, but they struggled to contain Senator forward Delaney Parker.

Staff writers Kyle Grabowski and Tom Johnston contributed to this report.

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