Belchertown sacks Smith Vocational, 21-6, to snap four-game skid

For the Gazette
Published: 11/9/2017 9:27:40 PM

BELCHERTOWN — The Belchertown football team can finally feel good about itself.

Belchertown came up big on defense and beat Smith Vocational, 21-6 Thursday night.

It was a good way for the Orioles (2-8) to close the home portion of their schedule. They finish with a Thanksgiving Day game against Pathfinder in Thorndike.

Smith Voke finished its best season at 3-6. The Vikings have shown steady improvement since the program’s inception five years ago.

“These kids have played hard all year and there’s no quit in them,” Vikings coach Ryan Burnett said. “They learned a lot and they’ll be tougher men for it.”

Belchertown’s bend-but-not-break defense denied Smith on both of the Vikings’ trips to the red zone. The second one came late in the third quarter when the Vikings attempted a field goal that could have made it a one-score game.

Instead, Tanner Westort’s bid was just short.

“It’s been a struggle this year and the kids really stepped up,” Belchertown coach Ed Wyzik said.

Following the missed kick, the Orioles took a 21-6 lead after Bradley Lovett broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown run 16 seconds into the final quarter.

“He’s a galloping horse,” Wyzik said.

Lovett (137 yards rushing) has battled through injuries and has not been 100 percent. But he knew his team needed him and he came through in the clutch.

“We’re so young and I’m happy we’re making progress,” Lovett said.

Ben Gatesman had an interception in the third quarter for the Orioles and Joel Wyzik made several big run-stuffing tackles.

Belchertown had the ball for only two possessions during the first half, but the Orioles led 7-6 at halftime. It was ball-control for both sides.

Smith Voke made one last attempt to regain the lead before the half, but the Vikings’ drive stalled at the 20-yard line after Erali was stopped with no time remaining.

Belchertown used a lengthy drive to erase a 6-0 deficit late in the second quarter. The Orioles marched 53 yards in 13 plays, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Lovett.

Hunter Klingersmith snapped the tie with the extra point and Belchertown led, 7-6.

Smith grabbed a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Vikings marched 76 yards in eight plays, capped by Erali’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Parker Affhauser at 9:01.

“A lot of positive things happened this year that we can build on,” Burnett said.

Belchertown 21, Smith Vocational 6

Smith Voke

0

6

0

0

—6

Belchertown

0

7

7

7

—21

First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

SV-Parker Affhauser 34-yard pass from Jacob Erali (run failed), 9:01

B-Brad Lovett 3 run (Hunter Klingersmith kick), 1:48

Third quarter

B-Lovett 13 run (Klingersmith kick) 5:40

Fourth quarter

B-Lovett 73 run (Klingersmith kick) 10:44

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Smith Voke: Sanders 3-11, Erali 14-59, Affhauser 2-6, Rivera 2-6, O’Connell 1-(-3); Belchertown: Flink 3-(-29), Lovett 11-137, Daskins 6-(-4), Pettetier 4-12, Dollard 1-7.

PASSING—Smith Voke: Erali 5-17-118-1; Belchertown Flink 7-13-86-0; Belchertown: Daskins 3-19, Pettetier 1-8, Fournier 3-59.

RECEIVING—Smith Voke: Affhauser 3-59, Marcinowski 2-59.




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