O’Meally, Neumann power Easthampton past Greenfield

  • Easthampton quarterback Fred Murray, left, carries the ball as Camron Lackey, of Greenfield, chases him, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bennett Kelly, left, of Easthampton, carries the ball as Kenny Adams, of Greenfield, grabs his facemask, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. A facemask penalty was called. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Camron Lackey, left, of Greenfield, tackles Easthampton quarterback Fred Murray, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bennett Kelly, left, of Easthampton, carries the ball before being tackled by Carlos Cardenales, of Greenfield, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jacob Neumann, center, of Easthampton, scores in the second quarter against Greenfield, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Marcus O'Meally, second from right, of Easthampton, begins a 65-yard run against Greenfield amid Colby Avery, of Greenfield, and teammates Alexander Tilton, right, and Joshua Morin, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Easthampton players Jacob Neumann, left, and Mason Donnis celebrate Neumann's second quarter touchdown against Greenfield, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bob Provost, left, of Greenfield, runs for a gain before being tackled by Peter Holbrook, of Easthampton, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bennett Kelly, left, of Easthampton, carries the ball behind Daniel Dabek during their team's win against Greenfield, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Alexander Tilton, of Easthampton, catches a pass that resulted in a touchdown against Greenfield in the second quarter, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jacob Neumann, second from right, of Easthampton, runs for a gain as teammate Mason Donnis blocks Greenfield defenders, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Bob Provost, right, of Greenfield, evades Daniel Dabek, of Easthampton, to run for a gain, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Easthampton players Alexander Tilton, from left, Connor Mott and Jacob Neumann celebrate after Tilton caught a pass that resulted in a touchdown against Greenfield in the second quarter, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 9/21/2019 12:10:57 AM
Modified: 9/21/2019 12:10:42 AM

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton’s backfield is different this season.

Jacob Neumann has been the team’s most consistent rushing threat. The junior marches down field and carries defenders with him. He picks up yards through sheer strength.

Marcus O’Meally gets his with speed.

O’Meally, a junior wing back, carried the ball three times for 110 yards and two touchdowns during Friday’s football game between Easthampton and Greenfield. He scored a 40-yard touchdown on his lone reception.

The Eagles used their potent two-pronged rushing attack to earn a 30-20 victory over Greenfield. Neumann finished the game with 81 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

After scoring only six points against Ware last week, Easthampton (1-1) looked more cohesive offensively.

“We are making progress,” Easthampton coach Matt Bean said. “We have a young team, inexperienced in some spots. We improved from last week. Last week we didn’t play well, this week we played better. We are moving in the right direction.”

O’Meally scored the game’s first touchdown when he bounced an inside run to the outside and ran 45 yards for a touchdown.

“I can’t take all the credit,” O’Meally said. “Our line is blocking good along with our wing backs. I wouldn’t be scoring any touchdowns if it wasn’t for them. I wouldn’t have scored any touchdowns if it wasn’t for them.”

During his sophomore season last fall, O’Meally primarily played as a wide receiver. Coming into this season he made the switch to wing back. To prepare himself for the new role, he worked with Neumann in the off-season.

“We’ve been playing together for years and years,” O’Meally said of his friendship with Neumann. “He’s a really good running back. We share the spotlight.”

Greenfield committed two defensive facemask penalties in three plays on the drive following O’Meally’s touchdown, but made a stand deep in its own end of the field to keep it a one-possession game.

The Green Wave did a solid job of neutralizing Neumann early in the game by applying pressure up the middle, but the junior started to hit his stride in the second quarter. He rushed for a 4-yard touchdown on Easthampton’s first drive of the quarter to make it 12-0.

Greenfield’s next drive was capped with a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Jake Sak to make it 12-6 with 3:13 to go in the half.

Just as Greenfield started to gain some momentum, O’Meally broke for another long touchdown, this time for 65 yards, to put Easthampton back ahead by two possessions.

Easthampton recovered a Greenfield fumble on the Green Wave’s 38-yard line on the ensuing drive. On the third play of the drive, Easthampton quarterback Liam Burke pitched the ball to Bennett Kelly.

Kelly rolled out to his right and launched a pass to Alex Tilton, who was wide open behind the Greenfield defense. Tilton reeled it in for a 38-yard score.

“We try to always be aggressive,” Easthampton coach Matt Bean said. “We were 0-1 coming into this, so we were in no position to sit on a lead. We needed to continue to make plays.”

The Eagles opened the scoring in the third quarter when Burke dropped a pass off to O’Meally, who weaved through would-be tacklers for a 40-yard touchdown to make it 30-6.

“He worked really hard in the off-season,” Bean said of O’Meally. “He made himself faster. He really worked hard. He just plays all the time. It doesn’t matter what the score is. He plays hard every play. I want that to rub off on the other kids.”

Greenfield gathered its footing moving into the second half. Bob Provost scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter and Shane Kilgour scored a touchdown with less than a minute left to make it 30-20, but the team’s two-point try failed.

“We needed to play with the same intensity in the second half that we did in the first half,” Bean said. “We definitely didn’t.”

The score got close toward the end of the fourth quarter, but Easthampton looked more sound on both sides on the ball than they did against Ware.

“We blocked and tackled better,” Bean said. “That is what the game comes down to some days. I think our intensity was better too.”

Easthampton 30, Greenfield 20

Easthampton

6

18

6

0

—30

Greenfield

0

6

8

6

—20

First quarter

E — Marcus O’Meally 45-yard run (run failed), 9:37.

Second quarter

E — Jacob Neumann 4 run (pass failed), 6:39.

G — Jake Sak 4 run (run failed), 3:13.

E — O’Meally 65 run (pass failed), 3:05

E — Alex Tilton 38 pass from Bennett Kelly (run failed), 0:50

Third quarter

E — O’Meally 40 from Liam Burke (run failed), 9:47.

G — Bob Provost 2 run (Provost run), 3:28.

Fourth quarter

G — Shane Kilgour 21 run (run failed), 0:18

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Easthampton–Neumann 14-81, Bennett 3-11, O’Meally 3-110, Fred Murray 4-(-3), Liam Burke 1-(-1); Greenfield—Xavier Carlo 3-14, Jared Hart 17-87, Provost 12-79, Sak 5-25, Carlos Cardenales 1-7, Kilgour 2-32

PASSING—Easthampton–Burke 2-5-68-0, Kelly 1-38; Greenfield–Sak 5-13-80-0

RECEIVING—Easthampton–Bennett 2-32, O’Meally 1-40, Alex Tilton 1-38; Greenfield–Hart 2-41, Cardenales 1-42




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