Senators look to fix mistakes against Eagles

  • Mahar running back Jon Gariepy will look for running room this week against an Easthampton defense that allowed 74 points last week. Staff FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/13/2018 8:11:50 PM

Eliminating mistakes and better red-zone production should make for a better week for the Mahar football team.

“We made 100 mistakes,” Mahar coach Jim Woodward said of the las game against McCann Tech. “We are young, but had our opportunities. We were inside the 20 probably four or five times. Just couldn’t finish.”

After getting shut out their first game (a 6-0 loss to McCann Tech, the Senators (0-1) travel to Easthampton Friday night.

“In practice, I see improvement,” Woodward said. “We have to block better.”

The offensive line spent a good deal of time on the sled this week, working on opening holes for running back Jon Gariepy.

Woodward would also like to see more production from quarterback Aydan Sevigny.

“Our quarterback needs to figure it out a little bit better,” Woodward said. “We just didn’t throw the ball well.”

Easthampton lost last week to Taconic 74-0 in the Berkshires.

“They got beat pretty bad,” Woodward said. “But Taconic looks like a college team.”

Nick Pellegrini is the quarterback and has been in the Eagles’ program all four years, he knows the offense well and can make quick decisions in Easthampton’s Winged-T offense.

“They (Easthampton) clobbered us last year,” Woodward said. “We are not very big, I just hope we can out-quick them.”

Easthampton has always relied on multiple running backs, but a bulk of the carries will go to Justin Malek.

Pellegrini has established chemistry with wide receiver Quentin Baker-Cisero, who can be dynamic and quick in his route-running. Damien Diluzio is also a talented receiver for Easthampton.

The Senators rushed for 152 yards on 42 carries last week, but will need more production from Gariepy.

“He didn’t get a head of steam last week,” Woodward said. “He needs to run to the edge more.”

Mahar’s defense held McCann Tech to just over 100 yards of total offense and will look to continue that trend against Easthampton.

“Win or lose we just want to be heading in the right direction,” Woodward said.

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