Mahar football looks for first win at Greenfield

  • Jon Gariepy, front, and the Mahar football team visit Greenfield, Friday at 7 p.m. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 10/12/2018 12:30:38 AM

The Mahar football team heads into Week 6 of the season still looking for its first victory.

The Senators (0-5, 0-5 Intercounty North) will travel to Greenfield to play the Green Wave (3-2, 2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Noaha Chabot, who made his first varsity start last week, will be under center again for Mahar.

“He did OK for his first time,” Mahar coach Jim Woodward said. “We’ll see if he progresses. There’s a lot of mechanical stuff that he doesn’t do right.”

Woodward is working with the young quarterback on squaring up and setting his feet properly before throwing.

“He tries to be a contortionist out there,” Woodward said. “We’re working on it.”

The Mahar defense will focus in on Greenfield running back R.J. Byrd.

“He’s quick,” Woodward said. “But if you pop him he kind of disappears so I am hoping someone can get a good shot on him early.”

Greenfield has a varied offense and can throw the ball just as effectively with multiple formations utilizing multiple wide receivers.

“They throw a fair amount,” Woodward said. “A lot of in the middle stuff. They are kind of all over the place.”

Wide receiver Charlie Barnes was sick this week for the Senators and missed some practice time.

Jon Gariepy’s upper-body issue is no longer a concern for the Senators.

Even with a winless record, Mahar has not lost confidence.

“They come to practice everyday,” Woodward said. “They are willing to learn and they listen.”

The size of the roster has limited the ability to practice properly at times. Sometimes assistant coaches have to play different spots on the field when the Senators try to play 11 on 11.

“If we play like we are capable of playing we will be fine,” Woodward said. “Sometimes we look like a million bucks. We just aren’t consistent.”

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