Franklin tech beats Smith Voc for third win in a row on Thanksgiving, 30-12 (PHOTOS)
NORTHAMPTON – It’s a budding rivalry, however the Franklin tech soccer workforce put collectively a powerful efficiency on Thursday to notch the sequence’ first successful streak.
The visiting Eagles recovered an onside kick to open the sport, and stormed out to an 18-0 lead early within the second quarter earlier than finally holding off Smith Vocational, 30-12, within the fourth-ever assembly on Thanksgiving between the 2 faculties.
It was the third win in a row for Franklin tech (5-6), which now leads the sequence 3-1 after the Vikings captured the inaugural recreation in 2018.
“Rivalries, the good ones, are a series of runs,” Franklin tech coach Joe Gamache stated. “Right now we’ve won a couple in a row here but [Smith Vocational] can go on a run at any time. That’s what makes these games fun.”
Smith Vocational coach Alex Subocz stated that whereas Thursday’s loss was disappointing, curiosity in considered one of Western Massachusetts’ latest Thanksgiving sequence is rising.
“I would say that the older kids, just their reactions after the game, I’d say there’s a legitimate rivalry here now,” Subocz provided. “We’ve just got to get the trophy back.”
Franklin tech sophomore tailback Josiah Little went over the 1,000 yard mark for the second 12 months in a row thanks to a different spectacular Thanksgiving floor feast. Little racked up 206 yards on 24 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, crossing the 1K threshold within the second quarter.
“He’s obviously had two really great seasons,” lauded Gamache of Little. “He’s not the kind of kid who is going to rest on his laurels. He’s definitely put a target on his back the next couple years because teams are going to have to game plan for him, but the good news is we’ve got a lot of talent around him.”
The Eagles set the tone from the sport’s opening kickoff, as Maxon Brunette recovered an onside kick to set the guests up in Smith Vocational territory. Ten performs later, Little bulled in for a 1-yard landing to make it 6-0 simply 3 minutes, 3 seconds into the primary quarter.
The lead doubled on the subsequent Franklin tech possession, when quarterback Gabe Tomasi hit Ethan Smarr for a 60-yard landing. The offense continued to roll on possession No. 3, when Little notched his second TD of the afternoon on a 5-yard rating to stake the Eagles to an 18-0 lead with 7:17 to go within the second quarter.
“That was the first time since Week 1 against McCann where we got out to a really good start,” Gamache stated. “It was nice to see. We’ve been preaching it for awhile now but the kids brought it today. They brought energy, brought life.”
Trailing by three scores, the Vikings (1-10) sprung to life on their ensuing possession. Quarterback Alex Martinez related with Joseph Bonanno on the primary play of the drive for a 52-yard landing up the sideline to get the hosts on the board and make it an 18-6 recreation.
“Our team has played hard all year. They’ve been an easy team to root for, a super fun group to coach,” Subocz stated. “Even when they might not start great, or a bad thing happens, they stay together and they play hard. My favorite group so far that I’ve gotten to coach.”
Franklin tech answered with a landing on its first drive of the third quarter, when Jet Bastarache (4 carries, 50 yards) broke by way of a pack of would-be tacklers and turned on the after-burners for a 28-yard TD scamper to make it 24-6.
Smith Vocational put collectively its greatest drive of the day on the following possession, as Martinez orchestrated a nine-play, 52-yard drive that chewed up practically six minutes of clock and ended when the junior QB hit Jared Baer for a 4-yard landing on fourth-and-goal to make it a 24-12 contest.
The Vikings had an opportunity to make it a one-score recreation within the fourth quarter, however the Eagles protection compelled a turnover on downs close to midfield, and Franklin tech put the sport out of attain on the following drive when a gradual food plan of Little was capped with a 1-yard Bastarache TD on fourth right down to make it 30-12 with 6:25 remaining.
Martinez completed 8-for-20 by way of the air for 122 yards and two TDs, and likewise ran for a team-high 59 yards on 12 carries. Smith Voc’s Adrian Loud racked up 44 yards receiving on 4 receptions.
Tomasi accomplished 9-of-24 passes for 159 yards and a rating, and his 9 completions have been sufficient to say the Franklin tech single-season document in that division.
Smarr had three catches for 105 yards and a rating for the Eagles, whereas Shaun Turner grabbed 4 receptions for 35 yards and William Ainsworth caught a pair of passes for 19 yards.
Martinez and Little have been chosen as the sport’s Most Invaluable Gamers for his or her respective groups.
“Looking at their numbers and knowing that they’re kind of young, they’ve got a lot of guys coming back next year, too. I think this tradition can continue, this rivalry can continue to grow,” Gamache stated.
Subocz stated the bar is just going up for the Vikings’ expectations subsequent season.
“This year, some of our best players, this is year number two of them playing,” he stated. “I’m hoping the offseason into next year, we hit the ground running to start the year ahead of where we’ve been.”