Tannar Westwort, Smith Vocational kicks McCann Tech aside, 30-27

For the Gazette
Published: 10/20/2018 12:51:34 AM

NORTHAMPTON — With 1.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Smith Vocational kicker Tannar Westwort kicked a 35-yard field goal to beat McCann Tech, 30-27, Friday.

“I’m feeling great. I’m happy I could do something for my seniors,” Westport said. “It was a good game all in all, we came back, and we did what we needed to do.”

The Hornets (3-3, 3-2 Tri-County) started the game off hot and on the first drive took the ball down and scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Darius Tovani. On a previous play, Tovani carried the ball for 54 yards to set the Hornets up at first-and-goal.

McCann’s defense stopped Smith Vocational (3-3, 3-1) on its drive of the game, and McCann drove for another 1-yard touchdown run, this time from Tadan Bolte.

“We were down 14-0, we battled back” Smith coach Vinnie Guiel said. “These kids man, this is what it’s about, it’s senior night, these kids are never going to forget this night and I couldn’t be happier for them.”

Eric Leet scored on a 6-yard touchdown and quarterback Nick Marcinowski found Ethan Rivera on a conversion pass to cut the deficit to 14-8 entering the second quarter.

Early in the second, Leet scored on a 18-yard run, then added a conversion to give Smith Voke a 16-14 lead.

But the Vikings defense struggled stopping the Hornets, who took a 27-16 lead into halftime.

“Defense came out, a little slow to start,” Guiel said. “We made the adjustments, told the kids to tackle low, and went out there and we played some defense. Those stops at the end is what we needed, that was huge”

The adjustments seemed to work because the Vikings didn’t allow a single point in the second half, made key stops late in the game and forced a fumble when the Hornets were threatening to score.

Smith fumbled the ball on its own 27-yard line to open the second half, but the defense made a stop and recovered a fumble on the 14-yard line. Smith pulled within 27-24 on that drive with a 47-yard touchdown run from Rivera. After Tyler Paschal added the conversion run, the Vikings attempted an onside kick and were able to recover the ball on the Hornets’ 42-yard line after the ball hopped over McCann’s first line of defenders.

The Vikings were stopped on that drive, but they responded with a defensive stop of their own.

Trailing 27-24 with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter, Westwort kicked a 25-yard field goal to tie the game 27-27.

“I said a little prayer, hoped for the best,” said Westwort. “We did it.”

Smith Voke 30, McCann 27

McCann

14

13

0

0

—27

Smith Vocational

8

8

8

6

—30

First quarter

M— Darius Tovani 1-yard run (Bolte kick) 8:00

M— Bolte 1 run (Bolte kick) 4:35

S— Eric Keet 6 run (Rivera from Marcinowski) 2:50

Second quarter

S— Leet 18 run (Leet run) 9:32

M— Tovani 1 run (Bolte kick) 3:21

M—Tovani 6 run (kick failed) 0:44

Third quarter

S—Ethan Rivera 47 run (Paschal run) 3:59

Fourth quarter

S— Westwort 25 field goal, 4:40

S— Westwort 35 field goal, 1.7 seconds

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Smith Vocational— Ethan Rivera 10-87, Eric Leet 10-53, Nick Marcinowski 5-59

PASSING—Smith Vocational— Nick Marcinowski 3-12-52-0, McCann— Andre Koch 0-2-0

RECEIVING—Smith Vocational— Ethan Rivera 2-27, Andrew Pearce 1-25




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