Mahar jeopardizes Easthampton’s postseason hopes

  • Mahar tailback Jacob Tenney fends off Easthampton’s Bennett Kelley during the Senators’ 33-14 win in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mahar’s Jacob Murphy picks up yardage against Easthampton in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mahar quarterback Noaha Chabot tosses a pass during his team’s 33-14 win over Easthampton in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mahar quarterback Noaha Chabot hands off to Jacob Murphy in action against Easthampton in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mahar kicker Kyle Notre sends a kickoff away in action against Easthampton on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • With a big second effort, Mahar tailback Jacob Tenney breaks the plane to score a touchdown in the Senators’ 33-14 win over Easthampton in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mahar’s Luke Melanson catches a pass over Easthampton’s Alex Tilton for a touchdown in first half action in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Easthampton 11 Bennett Kelley slips through the line on a fourth and short to score the first TD vs Mahar in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Easthampton 7 Jacob Neumann gets wrapped up against Mahar in Orange on Friday night. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 11/1/2019 10:50:49 PM
Modified: 11/1/2019 10:50:34 PM

ORANGE — A potent rushing attack along with timely passing helped the Mahar Regional football team knock off Easthampton, 33-14, at the Woodward Complex in an Intercounty North matchup on Friday night.

The win could help Mahar’s (6-2, 5-1 IL) playoff positioning in Division 8. The Senators also sewed up sole possession of second place in the North behind league champion Frontier Regional.

Jake Tenney had another busy night out of Mahar’s backfield with 25 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

“Our coaches are great,” Tenney said. “My teammates are great. Without them this wouldn’t be able to happen.”

Easthampton (4-3, 4-2) had the fourth position in the Division 5 power ratings, but a loss to the Senators could knock them out of the playoffs. The tournament seed meeting is Sunday at 9 a.m. at Smith Vocational.

“I am not sure we are going to make the playoffs,” Easthampton coach Matt Bean said. “It depends on other things.”

The Eagles scored on their first and last drives of the game, but couldn’t get anything going in between with some injuries along the offensive line.

“We had two new kids playing on the front line,” Bean said. “We just struggled on the line on both sides.”

Matt Champagne and Peter Holbrook missed the game for Easthampton.

Mahar quarterback Noaha Chabot made some important connections downfield and finished 5-for-7 for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

“We predominantly want to run the ball,” Mahar coach Jim Woodward said. “But we can throw. If our running game is working, we still need to have some complementary plays.”

Both teams scored quick touchdowns on their first drives.

On a fourth-down play, Jacob Neumann went straight up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown. The running back picked up the conversion to give the Eagles an 8-0 lead.

Neumann carried eight times for 55 yards.

Mahar answered with a three-play, 52-yard drive, all on the legs of Tenney, who finished the drive with a 9-yard touchdown.

After forcing a three-and-out, the Senators scored again on a five-play, 56-yard drive capped by a Chabot 46-yard touchdown throw to Luke Melanson.

The Senators led 14-8 after the first quarter.

Mahar used a 21-play, 80-yard drive for a score in the second quarter that killed most of the clock. The drive ended with Chabot’s second touchdown throw, an 8-yard connection to Charlie Barnes.

“Just trying to grind it out and get first downs,” Woodward said.

Chabot rolled out and found Barnes near the pylon, beating the coverage of Marcus O’Meally.

Chabot made some plays with his feet as well, rushing for 48 yards on five carries.

The long drive gave the Senators a 21-8 lead at halftime.

Tenney scored again on a 21-yard rushing touchdown to close a nine-play, 68-yard drive in the third.

Jacob Murphy had a productive game for Mahar with 14 carries and 61 yards.

Tenney added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Fred Murray had a sack in the fourth quarter for the Eagles. On a late fourth quarter drive, the Eagles got a 6-yard rushing touchdown from Bennett Kelly.

Kelly had nine carries for 27 yards.

Liam Burke had a couple long completions to Kelly and O’Meally to highlight the drive.

O’Meally led the Eagles with two catches and 47 receiving yards.

Connor Mott had a 30-yard catch on a halfback pass from Kelly in the first quarter, but Easthampton’s drive stalled.

Barnes intercepted Burke on Easthampton’s last passing attempt in the fourth quarter.


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