WESTFIELD – After losing two straight road games, the Westfield High School football team was seeking some good old-fashioned home cooking. The Minnechaug Falcons spoiled that.
Minnechaug dominated Westfield 42-13 Friday night at Bullens Field, sending the Bombers to their third straight loss.
It was Westfield’s home opener following a season-opening win at Amherst, followed by consecutive road losses against West Springfield and Putnam.
Minnechaug raced out to a 13-0 lead with two touchdown passes in the first 3 minutes, 51 seconds of the opening quarter. Westfield turned over the ball on its first two series – an interception and a fumble – leading to one of the scores.
Westfield held Minnechaug after the second turnover. The Bombers cut the lead nearly in half with a 35-yard touchdown run from Cody Neidig 10 seconds into the second quarter.
The turning point came in the second quarter when two Westfield trips around the red zone netted zero points, thanks to some stout Minnechaug defense.
The Falcons extended their lead just before halftime on a 44-yard touchdown pass. The Bombers’ trailed at the half, 22-6.
Minnechaug poured it on in the second half, scoring three more TDs.
Westfield scored a touchdown late in the game, following a long run from sophomore quarterback Austin St. Pierre and a one-yard touchdown plunge.
St. Mary 2, Franklin Tech 0
The St. Mary High School girls’ soccer team truly did thank God Friday … for a victory.
The St. Mary Saints received goals from Alison Stanlewicz and Aisling Butler (from Miranda Arena), and a shutout in net from Francesca Depergola (18 saves) at Westfield Middle School North.
GIRLS’ JV SOCCER
Amherst 3, Southwick 0
Kayla Bergendale delivered a fantastic tough-luck loss in goal for Southwick, racking up 11 saves. Rams’ Velida Madera and Aidan Brown were solid on the front line.