Week 6 High School Football Previews

Published: 10/9/2019 10:54:30 PM

Amherst Regional at Putnam

Thursday, 6

The Hurricanes (4-0) are coming off a 34-0 victory against Taconic last week. Dan Block continues to be a steady option out of the backfield for Amherst. He scored two touchdowns in the first half against the Braves. Putnam (0-4) came close to upending undefeated Wahconah last week, but a late rally gave the Warriors a 19-12 victory.

Frontier Regional at Greenfield

Friday, 7

The Red Hawks are coming off a 24-22 win against Easthampton two weeks ago. Ito McMillan led Frontier (3-1) on the ground with 14 carries for 131 yards. Since the Red Hawks’ season-opening, 8-7, loss to Belchertown, the team has won three-straight. Greenfield (2-2) is coming off a 34-0 win against Athol last week. Shane Kilgour led the offense with 19 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Holyoke at Central

Friday, 8

The Purple Knights (2-3) are coming off a bitter, 35-34, loss to Longmeadow last week. Quarterback Gabriel Fernandez did not play the second half due to injury. When he was in the game, he threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 10-for-16 passing. Springfield Central (2-2) is the defending Division 3 state champions and are coming off a 53-12 victory against Chicopee Comp.

Wahconah at Northampton

Friday, 7

The Blue Devils are coming off a 25-6 victory against East Longmeadow last week. Brett Holden and Braeden Tudryn propelled the running game. Holden picked up 70 yards on 13 carries. Tudryn rushed for 37 yards and a score on eight rushes. The Warriors (5-0) have beaten the Blue Devils (3-1) five straight times in the Route 9 Rumble and lead the series 14-4. Northampton’s last victory against the Warriors was in 2012.

Taconic at South Hadley

Friday, 7

The Tigers (4-0) have a commanding lead on the top spot in the Division 7 West Section Power Ratings. South Hadley is coming off a 35-18 win over Pittsfield. Standout Hunter Carey missed the game, but Collin Mailhott, Kyle Johnson and Tyrell Braithwaite more than made up for his absence. Taconic (1-3) lost 34-0 to Amherst last week.

Hoosac Valley at Belchertown

Friday, 7

The Orioles (3-1) are ranked second in the Division 5 power ratings, while the Hurricanes (5-0) are first in Division 8. Hoosac has allowed 8 points per game. It shut out Pathfinder and Commerce to open the season, and has since beaten Lee, Putnam and Ware. Belchertown has allowed an average of 7.3 points in its three wins.

Smith Vocational at Drury

Saturday, 1

The Blue Devils (3-1) are off to a good start this season and are currently third in Division 8. They have won three straight against Pathfinder, McCann Tech and Palmer. They lost 14-6 to Monument Mountain. The Vikings (0-4) will be looking for consistency on both sides of the ball on Saturday.

Trinity-Pawling at Williston

Saturday, 3

The Pride (2-1) have won two straight, 20-14 over Taft and 28-7 over Loomis Chaffee. They opened the season with a 38-15 loss to Avon Old Farms. The Wildcats (1-2) are coming off a 55-27 loss Avon Old Farms. Eni Falayi had eight catches for 148 yards in the loss. Dallas Elliott (Leeds) and Connor Cavanagh (Holyoke) played well defensively.

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