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Resilient Northampton holds off West Springfield, 9-6

  • Braeden Tudryn, left, of Northampton, is tackled by Johnny Rosado, of West Springfield, after Tudryn recovered a fumble by the West Springfield quarterback. The play didn't count due to an offside penalty against Northampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Braeden Tudryn, front, of Northampton, runs for a gain before being tackled by Tyler Parent, of West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • West Springfield quarterback Ryan Russell, left, fumbles on a tackle by Devontay Edmonds, of Northampton, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. Braeden Tudryn, right, recovered the fumble and ran for a gain, but an offside penalty was called against Northampton and West Springfield retained possession. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Devontay Edmonds, right, of Northampton, punts against West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton defenders Devontay Edmonds, left, and Braeden Tudryn tackle Jean Serrano, of West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jake Brittain, left, of Northampton, tackles Ben Green, of West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Devontay Edmonds, right, of Northampton, carries the ball as teammate Braeden Tudryn blocks, Friday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton quarterback Tom Jacques, left, evades Jean Serrano, center, of West Springfield, as teammate Devontay Edmonds blocks Ben Green, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Joe Kocot coaches his team during their game against West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Brett Holden, center, of Northampton, splits West Springfield defenders Tyler Parent, left, and Johnny Rosado before running for a touchdown, Friday at Northampton High School. The Blue Devils won 9-6. Visit gazettenet.com for more photos. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Brett Holden, of Northampton, runs for a touchdown against West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Braeden Tudryn, center, of Northampton, finds a hole in the West Springfield defense amid teammates Brett Holden, from left, Devontay Edmonds, Sam Walker and Ryan Antes, Friday at Northampton High School. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Braeden Tudryn, right, of Northampton, runs for a gain against West Springfield, beside teammate Devontay Edmonds, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jake Brittain, second from right, of Northampton, carries the ball against against West Springfield, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Northampton High School. Braeden Tudryn, center, blocks Ben Green. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS



Staff reports
Saturday, October 06, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — A single receiver lined up on Kavan Powers’ side of West Springfield’s formation.

Powers told cornerback Jake Brittain before the play if only one receiver came to their side, he was blitzing.

There was 1 minute, 39 seconds remaining Friday, and the Northampton football team held a three-point lead over West Springfield.

The Terriers center snapped the ball high over quarterback Ryan Russell’s head. He jumped to try and catch it, but the ball flew backward.

Powers fired with the snap and adjusted his run as soon as he saw what happened.

“I just bolted for the ball. I didn’t worry about who was there,” Powers said. “My mind was just racing. We pretty much won the game right there.”

The Blue Devils ran three more offensive plays, punted and corralled a West Springfield Hail Mary after that fumble recovery, but they won 9-6, Northampton’s first victory over the Terriers since 2012.

“It shows what kind of team we are this season,” Northampton sophomore running back Brett Holden said.

Northampton showed its resilience and adaptability. There was no score in the first quarter, and West Springfield struck with 6:27 left in the first half when Russell found his older brother Mike Russell for a 31-yard touchdown after maneuvering in the pocket.

“That was my bad. I got burned,” Powers said. “I’ll take responsibility.”

The Blue Devils (3-2, 1-1 Suburban South) responded almost immediately. On their first play of the next series, Holden ran up the middle before fading right 83 yards for a game-tying score. He finished with 90 yards on the ground.

“I couldn’t have done it without Kyle (Gido) and Ryan (Antes). They made that hole for me. It was a free run for the touchdown,” Holden said. “I did look back a couple times, but then I realized I should focus on running.”

West Springfield (1-4, 0-2) turned the ball over on its next two possessions. Ben Green fumbled after a reception, then after Northampton turned the ball over on downs, Ryan Russell threw an interception to Brittain at his own 24.

The Blue Devils capitalized on the error. They ran the ball five times to the 10 and brought out the field goal unit on fourth-and-13. They were without starting kicker Jackson Heath, who missed the game with an injury. Enter backup Natnael Walton, who kicked for the Blue Devils last year.

“I was nervous,” Walton said. “I just focused, thought of my teammates.”

He drilled the 27-yard attempt with room to spare, landing the ball on the long jump runway behind the goal post to give the Blue Devils the lead for the first time.

“We do it every Thursday anyways, and he made some real nice ones yesterday,” Northampton coach Joe Kocot said.

Ryan Russell kicked the Terriers offense into high gear after that. He threw for 218 yards in the game and led West Springfield to the 10. The Terriers false started, and Russell threw four incompletions to give the ball back to Northampton with 10:12 left.

West Springfield reached the 1 on its next drive before Powers’ fumble recovery.

“Just crazy,” Kocot said.

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

Northampton 9, West Springfield 6

West Springfield

0

6

0

0

—6

Northampton

0

6

3

0

—9

First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

WS—Mike Russell 31 pass from Ryan Russell (Run failed), 6:27.

N—Brett Holden 83 run (Pass failed), 6:06.

Third quarter

N—Natnael Walton 27 field goal, :34.

Fourth quarter

No scoring.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Northampton–Braeden Tudryn 10-91, Holden 9-90, Devontay Edmonds 11-36, Tom Jacques 1-(-11). West Springfield-Josiah Griffin 7-28, R. Russell 7-25, Jean Serrano 3-3.

PASSING—Northampton–Jacques 2-9-34-0. West Springfield–R. Russell 17-31-216-1

RECEIVING—Northampton–Tudryn 2-34. West Springfield-M. Russell 6-103, Ben Green 5-45, Johnny Rossado 4-39 Griffin 1-17, Zavi Littmon 1-14.