Mohawk took much for Smith Vocational football

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Published: 9/9/2016 11:50:24 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Whether it was offense, defense or special teams, Jonathan Herbert of Mohawk Trail Regional was everywhere Friday night.

Herbert combined for four touchdowns, including an interception return for a touchdown, to lead Mohawk past Smith Vocational, 28-6.

In addition to the interception return, Herbert also ran in three touchdowns, all in the second half, and ended with 125 yards rushing.

Mistakes were common early in the game. On the first drive, Mohawk quarterback Cam Hoff-Christian threw an interception, giving the ball to Smith at the 49-yard line. Four plays later, Smith Voke quarterback Jacob Erali gave the ball back, losing a fumble on his own team’s side of the field.

This was the theme for the first half, as neither team could capitalize on their defenses’ strong play. After the first half, the two teams combined for five punts, three turnovers and zero points.

The tough defense continued in the second half. The first drive by Smith Vocational ended in a fumble by Erali, and the first drive by Mohawk ended with a fumble as well, lost by Hoff-Christian. Both teams continued to hold each other scoreless through the first 28 minutes of the game.

However, on Smith’s possession after Mohawk’s fumble, Erali was picked off by Herbert, who returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. Mohawk successfully convert the 2-point conversion and led, 8-0.

Herbert added two more rushing touchdowns to his total on successive drives after Mohawk forced two more turnovers, making the score 20-0.

Smith Vocational put its scoring drive together in the fourth quarter, led by Erali and senior Stone Mitchell. Erali ran for 38 yards on the drive and added 8 yards through the air, before Mitchell, who was listed as a tackle, ran in a 4-yard touchdown to make it 20-6.

That was all Smith Vocational could muster against Mohawk’s stout defense however, and Herbert capped off the scoring late in the fourth quarter, scrambling for a 65-yard touchdown.

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