Penalties stop Northampton as Longmeadow pulls away for 28-14 win

  • Kyle Gido, right, of Northampton, tackles Longmeadow quarterback Carlo Calabrese, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jake Brittain, of Northampton, runs for a gain against Longmeadow, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jake Brittain, top, of Northampton, reaches for a pass against Carlo Calabrese, of Longmeadow, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. The pass was incomplete. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jake Brittain, left, of Northampton, runs for a gain beside Carlo Calabrese, of Longmeadow, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Braeden Tudryn, center, of Northampton, goes airborne after being tripped by Carlo Calabrese, of Longmeadow, Friday at Northampton High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Devontay Edmonds, left, of Northampton, tackles Longmeadow quarterback Carlo Calabrese, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton defenders Sam Walker, right, and Devontay Edmonds, second from right, try to block an extra point kicked by Luke Szyluk, top left, of Longmeadow, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. The kick was good, putting Longmeadow ahead, 7-6. Carlo Calabrese holds for Szyluk. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Devontay Edmonds, left, of Northampton, runs for a gain before being tackled by Longmeadow defenders, Friday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jackson Heath, of Northampton, punts to Longmeadow, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Devontay Edmonds, second from right, of Northampton, carries the ball after a handoff from his quarterback, Tom Jacques, right, as Brett Holden (30) and Braeden Tudryn block Longmeadow players, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff reports
Published: 9/22/2018 12:57:12 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton proved it could punch with Longmeadow until one went below the belt.

The Blue Devils football team held a one-score lead over the Lancers late in the first half Friday when it forced Longmeadow into a third-and-nine from the Lancers’49-yard line. Longmeadow quarterback Carlo Calabrese threw incomplete, but there was a roughing the passer penalty followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Lancers gained 30 penalty yards and scored four plays later on a 3-yard run by Mike Carterud, taking the lead for good.

Longmeadow scored 28 points in a row, beating Northampton 28-14. The Blue Devils have lost 20 of their last 21 games to the Lancers.

“Our guys played hard except for one real, serious misstep,” Northampton coach Joe Kocot said. “We would have got the ball back, it would have been 6-0 maybe 14-0 us at the half, so that was huge.”

Northampton (1-2) stuck to its game plan throughout the first half. The Blue Devils held possession with their running game and limited Longmeadow with their defense. They forced a fumble on the Lancers’ first offensive play.

“We had to be dogs today, and we just came up short,” Northampton senior running back Devontay Edmonds said.

Northampton took its first lead against Longmeadow since 2016 on the final play of the first quarter.

The Blue Devils worked their way into the red zone on a nine-play drive where they converted two fourth downs. Braeden Tudryn dove for Northampton’s initial first down of the game on a 4-yard edge run, then three plays later Tom Jacques hit Jake Brittain on a 19-yard catch and run down to the 1.

Jacques squeaked half a yard out of a sneak, then Edmonds burrowed the rest of the way into the end zone for a 6-0 lead with 5 seconds left in the first quarter.

“I saw a pile full of guys, but I was determined to get in,” said Edmonds, who led Northampton with 52 rushing yards.

Longmeadow (2-1) received the second-half kickoff, and Isaiah Dubois capped the drive with a 47-yard run down the left side that showed patience and acceleration.

Northampton went three-and-out on its next drive and snapped the ball over punter Jackson Heath’s head on fourth down. The Lancers got the ball on Northampton’s 23 and extended their lead to two scores three plays later when Calabrese scampered in on a 6-yard misdirection with 4:17 left in the third quarter

Northampton turned the ball over on downs on its next two plays after a seven-play drive and an eight-play drive.

“We were more methodical in the second half,” Kocot said.

The eight-play drive ended when the Blue Devils were stopped on fourth-and-inches. Tudryn (32 yards) carried the ball on the third-and-3 beforehand and appeared to reach the line to gain, but a measurement showed him short. Northampton called a fullback dive on fourth-and-inches and was stuffed short.

“Near the end of the first half they opened up both ‘A’ gaps, so we started calling dives to the fullback and gained 4, 5, 6 yards. We called dive and they went into their goal-line defense,” Kocot said. “It was just a feeling. Dive was working.”

Longmeadow scored four plays later on a 2-yard run from Dubois, who finished with 127 yards.

The Blue Devils got the ball back with 4:04 left and drove 46 yards in nine plays to break Longmeadow’s scoring run. Tudryn ran left for a 9-yard score with 23 seconds left, and Jacques found Edmonds for the two-point conversion.

“If they don’t know they can go down the football field and score, they don’t know, but once you do it you go ‘hey we’ve done this before,’” Kocot said. “We’re not the football team we’re gonna be, we’re gonna be much better.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrbaowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.

Longmeadow 28, Northampton 14

Longmeadow

0

7

14

7

—28

Northampton

6

0

0

8

—14

First quarter

N—Devontay Edmonds 1 run (Pass failed), :05;

Second quarter

L—Mike Carterud 3 run (Luke Szyluk kick), :50;

Third quarter

L—Isaiah Dubois 47 run (Szyluk kick), 8:17;

L—Carlo Calabrese 6 run (Szyluk kick), 4:17;

Fourth quarter

L—Dubois 2 run (Szyluk kick), 4:04

N—Braeden Tudryn 9 run (Edmons pass from Jacques), :23;

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Northampton–Edmonds 15-52, Tudryn 14-32, Brett Holden 4-12, Jacques 1-11, Kavan Powers 3-8, Jackson Heath 1-(-12). Longmeadow-Dubois 15-127, Peter Shawdell 4-62, Sean Tashijan 4-42, Carterud 8-13, Calabrese 3-8

PASSING—Northampton–Jacques 3-9-38-0. Longmeadow–Calabrese 3-7-54-0

RECEIVING—Northampton–Jake Brittain 2-34, Sam Walker 1-4. Longmeadow-Carterud 1-30, Tashijan 1-14, Shawdell 1-10




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