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2016 WILDCAT FOOTBALL CAMP SCHEDULE
2016 WILDCAT FOOTBALL CAMP SCHEDULE
Ok boys here is the schedule for the first week of practice!!
Friday Aug 19th: 4:45PM-5:20PM Registration- Pre-practice stretch and warm up 5:30- 6:00PM, Practice-6-8:00PM
Saturday Aug 20th: 8 AM-8:50AM-Equipment/Locker Issue- Pre practice stretch/warm up 9:00-9:30AM- Practice 9:30AM-11:30AM
Sunday Aug 21st: OFF
Monday Aug 22nd: TBD-(Ramble Wild Team Building Trip-optional,
Tuesday Aug 23rd: Practice 5:30PM-8:00PM
Wednesday Aug 24th: Practice-TBD
Thursday Aug 25th: Practice 6:00-8:30AM, Walk thru practice 5:30PM - 6:30PM, "Chalk Talk" 6:30-8:00PM
Friday Aug 26th: Practice 6:00-8:30AM, Walk thru practice 3:30-4:30PM, "Chalk Talk" 4:30-6:00PM
Saturday Aug 27th- Scrimmage vs West Springfield, Chicopee Comp, Hoosac Valley @ 10am at West Springfield HS
PLEASE NOTE:To participate in practice players should have an updated physical(Good for 13 months), have completed Family ID on Lee High School Web Site, and have a updated Impact test(Good for 2 years) Any player who needed a physical should bring their paperwork on Friday Aug 19th in order to practice. Players should bring cleats, black shorts, and t-shirt for 1st 3 practices If player needs to take updated Impact test they can call school and ask Mr. Reilly or Mr. Brighenti if they can schedule time to take it prior to practice Ramble Wild trip is an optional team building at Ramble Wild in Lanesborough on Monday Aug 22nd, cost is $30per player,( Trip time is TBD) there will also be a light practice on Monday the 22nd w/ time TBD. DO YOUR JOB !!!!!!
2016 Wildcats Football Golf Tourney
June 15, 2016 – 01:00 PM
The Lee Wildcats Football 2016 Pigskin Classic will be held at beautiful Greenock Country Club in Lee on Wednesday, June 15th with a 1:00 PM in a shot-gun start after lunch under the tent. This is a great get together and a major fundraiser for Lee High Football. We will have a great raffle table with many great prizes. Thank-you to all of our generous business donors who support this tourney year after year. Pro shop credit will be paid out to all our winners. We will have closest to the pin contests on all the par 3's. We hope everyone has a great day. The Gridiron would like thank everyone who helps out for this important fundraiser. The Gridiron Club would also like to thank all of our loyal sponsors who support Lee Football year after year. Please make sure you support all of the great people and business's who give so generously. Thank-you Tim & Mary Whalen from Crown Jewelers, Clifford Oil, Becky & Bill Brunell from RW's Towing, MacFarlane Office Products, Bob Daley from Daley Trucking, the boys at South Lee Fire Co., Lenoxdale Fire, Chief Sparks and the boys from Lee Fire, Glen Wilcox from Wilcox Plumbing, Don & Dave from the Locker Room, Joe & Lorraine Scapin from Lee Hardware, The Garrity Family from LB Corp., Jeff & Julie Mooney from Moonshines Package, Jim & Lorraine Finnegan from Lee Package, Jack & Mike Kelly from Kelly Funeral Home, everyone at Lee Bank, Tyringham Fire Co., The Face Family from Salmon Run Fish House, Suburban Medical, Athena's, Dan & Wendy Collins from Dan Collins Plumbing & Heating, Lee Kiwanis, Joe Toole & Joan Tyer from Toole Insurance, Dave Comalli from Comalli Electric, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Lisa Kelley from Macaro Real Estate, Ryan and Dave Pullaro from Greenock Country Club, Lee Price Chopper, Lee Subway, Joe's Diner, Red Lion Inn, and Finally, thanks to all our players who come out every year, take an afternoon off from work to play golf and support Lee Wildcat and Lee Youth Football. GO WILDCATS !!!
2015 LEE WILDCAT FOOTBALL ~ BACK in BLACK
L-R Front Row: Edwin Hernandez, Casey Blair, Tylor Pullaro, Michael Jeffreys, Randy Pichardo, TJ Jordan, Captain Cam Abderhalden, Captain Matt Heppleston, Matt Reynolds, Nick Wood, Captain Tyler Buratto, Josh Sampson, Josh Stewart, Tim Franchere
L-R Middle Row: Coach Andy Fresia, Coach Chris Abderhalden, Caoch Tom Finnegan, Michael Hurley, Nick Castillo, Matt Lohbauer, Patrick Finnegan, Alex O'Brien, Ryan Ruef, Michael Downer, Head Coach Keith Thomson, Coach Jason Hopkins, Coach Sean Daley
L-R Back Row: Dominic Bartini, Bernie Ramirez, Rick Hiser, Andrew Ruef, Connor LaRock, Homer Winston, Ben Harding, Jake Corcoran, Shane Cloutier, Perry Alward, Peter Romeo, Lukas Loehr, Omar Pichardo
WILDCATS WIN DIVISION 6 CROWN~WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Lee football wins Western Mass. Division VI championship
Wildcats outlast McCann to move to D-VI state semifinals
Lee teammates celebrate their 13-0 win over McCann in the W. Mass. D-VI football championship game at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire. Saturday, November 14, 2015. Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle.
CHESHIRE — Despite recording a shutout through three quarters, the Lee defense had to make one more stop to hold off McCann Tech in Saturday's Western Massachusetts Division VI championship. The Wildcats got that stop with the Hornets in the red zone early in the fourth, and Lee took over possession and drove it down the field for a touchdown en route to a 13-0 win over McCann at Hoosac Valley High School. The second-seeded Wildcats forced an incompletion on a 4th and 6 for the Hornets at the Lee 19-yard line on the third play of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats took over and went 81 yards in 12 plays to extend its 6-point lead to a 13-0 advantage."We just had to punch it in," Lee's Nick Castillo, who scored both touchdowns, said. "We felt good, we came together, and we played as a team." Quarterback Cam Abderhalden converted on a 3rd and 1 to achieve a first down on the third play of the drive following the turnover on downs. Abderhalen then hit Michael Hurley on a 15-yard pass play on 3rd and 6 later in the drive, moving the ball to the Lee 49-yard line. After moving the ball to the McCann 35-yard line and still clinging to a 6-0 lead, Abderhalden hit Hurley on a deep pass to the Hornet 1-yard line with 2:12 remaining. Castillo punched in the second of his two touchdown runs with 2:09 remaining to give Lee a two-score lead. "Once we got the ball right there, we knew if we could just string together some first downs and march it down the field, we knew we'd take a shot somewhere down the line," Lee coach Keith Thomson said. "Cam hit Hurley and then we got the touchdown."Abderhalden threw for 94 yards and rushed for 75 while Hurley had 49 yards receiving. For fourth-seeded McCann Tech, Dakota Bolte led the way with 38 yards rushing. The Hornets were only able to muster 58 yards rushing and 30 passing overall, but they were still in the game until the end.
"We just couldn't finish drives," McCann coach Bob LeClair said. "We were moving the ball like we wanted to, but we couldn't finish. Hats off to Lee, certainly. Defensively, they did a really good job. They took an awful lot away from us." Lee struck first when Castillo scampered in from 2 yards out with 10:12 remaining in the second quarter. The Wildcats carried the 6-0 lead into halftime. With the victory, the Wildcats will now play in the Division VI state semifinals against St. Bernard's at Westfield State on Saturday. Lee has earned its place in the game due to a four-game win streak following a 2-4 start to the season. "Our backs were to the wall, we were in the playoffs right then, we knew it was win or go home," Thomson said of the 2-4 start. "The guys came out and won the last two in the regular season, then these two here, now it's on to states."
L—Nick Castillo 2 run (pass failed), 10:12.
Lee teammates celebrate their 13-0 win over McCann in the W. Mass. D-VI football championship game at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire. (Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle)
L—Castillo 1 run (Nick Wood kick), 2:09.
RUSHING—MT: Dakota Bolte 9-38, Nick Lincoln 8-18, Adam Dufur 2-6, Charlie Bohl 4-0, Mike Ferrara 5-(-4). L: Cam Abderhalden 16-75, Nick Castillo 13-20, Ryan Ruef 8-17.
PASSING—MT: Mike Ferrara 1-5 11, Nick Lincoln 1-1 19. L: Cam Abderhalden 6-14 94.
RECEIVING—MT: Keigan Case 1-19, Dakota Bolte 1-11. L: Michael Hurley 2-49, Nick Castillo 2-17, Matt Reynolds 1-15, Patrick Finnegan 1-13.
McCann Tech's Steve Stojda takes in his team's loss to Lee in the W. Mass. D-VI football championship
CATS GOING TO D6 CHAMPIONSHIP
November 7, 2015
Lee football holds off Franklin Tech to advance to D-VI title game
By Jason Butynski
Special to The Eagle
LEE >> Franklin County Technical School may have gotten the respect it was looking for, but on Friday night the Eagles did not get the result they were seeking. Lee High School scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to erase a halftime deficit and picked up a late first down to run out the clock en route to a 24-19 victory over the Eagles during the semifinals of the Western Massachusetts Division VI football tournament. The game-changer came two minutes into the fourth quarter when the Eagles had the ball and were marching, trailing 17-13, at the time. Nate Crocker had already ripped off consecutive runs of 10 and 9 yards, but on his third straight carry, he was hit 10 yards up field and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Michael Hurley, thwarting the Eagles' drive and setting up the Wildcats for what proved to be the game-winning drive. "We got an early turnover, which allowed us to take the lead, but unfortunately we gave a turnover back to them at a bad time," Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache said. From there, second-seeded Lee (5-4) took over at its own 34 and marched 66 yards on 9 plays, the final play of the drive a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Abderhalden to Patrick Finnegan. Nick Wood converted the extra point to put the Wildcats up 24-13 with about 4 minutes remaining.
The third-seeded Eagles (7-2) did not go quietly into the night, as CJ Daignault returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point pass fell to the ground, leaving the Eagles down 24-19. The Eagles attempted an onside kick following the touchdown, but Lee recovered and then picked up three first downs to run out the clock. The biggest play on the drive came when Abderhalden rushed for 15 yards on a third-and-9 for the final first down needed to run out the clock. It was the final big play of the night for Abderhalden, who finished with 66 rushing yards and also went 4-of-6 passing for 54 yards. "I told him to take us home," Lee coach Keith Thomson said of the final run. The Eagles benefitted from a turnover in the first quarter to jump out to a 7-0 lead. After the Eagles went three-and-out on the game's first possession, Daignault punted to Lee's Casey Blair, who dropped the punt. Crocker was on the spot to grab the ball on the bounce and set the Eagles up deep in Wildcats' territory. Six plays later, Daignault hit Mitch Mailloux on a 10-yard touchdown strike and Crocker converted the extra point. Lee responded on the next drive, going 54 yards on eight plays to tie the score 7-7 when Abderhalden scored on a 10-yard run. The Eagles went right back on top on the next drive when they put together their longest drive of the night, a 15-play, 59-yarder, that included a fake-punt that went for a first down when Daignault hit Tim Momaney on a 12-yard strike, and ended when Daignault ran in a 2-yard score. The extra point kick failed, leaving the Eagles up 13-7 with 5:50 left in the second quarter. Lee used up most of the time remaining in the second quarter putting together a drive that resulted in Wood kicking a 30-yard field goal in the final minute, pulling the Wildcats to within 13-10 at the break.The Eagles were unable to hold the lead for long, as Lee took the opening kick of the second half and scored a go-ahead touchdown, which put the Wildcats up for good. Nick Castillo (13 rushes, 81 yards) finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. The game settled into a defensive battle from there, as Franklin Tech had two straight drives end in three-and-outs, and Lee had two drives of its own end on punts. That was followed by the Crocker fumble on Franklin Tech's third drive of the second half, which set up the wild finish. The Eagles finished with just two first downs in the second half, and gained only 21 yards net in the second half. "They are a good football team," Gamache said. "They made a few more plays than we did tonight, and hats off to them." Ryan Ruef finished with 47 yards rushing on 11 carries for the Wildcats before leaving the game with what appeared to be a serious injury. Hurley added 17 yards on 8 hauls.
Crocker paced the Eagles' offense with 55 yards on 8 carries, while Momaney chipped in 29 yards on 9 carries. Daignault finished 4-of-8 passing for 41 yards. Lee moves on to face defending WMass champion McCann Technical High School in the Division VI championship game.
BACK n' BLACK FRIDAY NIGHT
BRAVES TO MUCH FOR WILDCATS
October 2, 2015
Taconic defense tough in big win at Lee
Braves force four first-half turnovers in 50-13 victory
Taconic's Anthony Whiteley stretches to make it to the goal line but falls just short in a football game at Lee High School. Friday, October 2, 2015. Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle.
LEE — The already-stout Taconic High School football defense spent extra time watching film ahead of its matchup with Lee and its standout senior quarterback, Cam Abderhalden. It was clear Friday that the increased study time paid off. The Braves forced four first-half turnovers and smothered the Wildcats' offense throughout the night, leading to a 50-13 Taconic win.Taconic (3-1) bent, but didn't break on defense in the first quarter, and the Braves took control in the second quarter, turning two Lee turnovers into 15 points.
"The turnovers are the biggest story in football," Lee coach Keith Thomson said. "You turn the ball over, you don't win the game. Period. Four turnovers in the first half led to points for them. That's the end of the story." A Lukas Loehr 92-yard kickoff return touchdown with 4 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first half appeared to be a sign of life for Lee. But Taconic responded with a nine-play scoring drive, capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake McNeice to Devon Walker on fourth and long, stealing the momentum back late in the half. Lee fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and three plays later, Anthony Whiteley's 27-yard touchdown gave Taconic a 29-6 lead with 48 seconds left in the half. Whiteley finished with 19 carries for 218 yards and three scores.
Taconic's offense kept rolling in the second half, as McNeice hit Zach Gage for a four-yard touchdown pass on the opening possession of the half. After a Lee punt, McNeice hit Gage again for another four-yard touchdown. McNeice was deadly with his arm and feet, passing for 78 yards and adding 87 more on the ground. Taconic's final blow was an 81-yard touchdown run by Whiteley, as he burst through the line and showed his speed for the long score. Whiteley said Friday's performance highlights a new mindset for the team.
"There's a different mentality this year," he said. "The [offensive] line has really matured and they're a lot more aggressive. We just want to get the job done." Whiteley added that after last year's 30-6 loss to Lee, the team had extra motivation heading into the game. He said the big win was "redemption." On Lee's final possession, Abderhalden threw a strike down the right sideline to a streaking Michael Hurley for a 37-yard touchdown. Despite Abderhalden's late score, Taconic coach Jim Ziter said his secondary is the best in the county. After picking off Monument Mountain quarterback Branden Perry three times in Week 2, the Braves notched three more interceptions last week against Wahconah quarterback Will Genaway. Friday's performance brings the total to eight in the last three games. "The kids watched a ton of film on [Abderhalden]," Ziter said. "Cam is a really good quarterback and we were able to contain him. ... Each practice, each week, we teach jamming at the line, and we want to be ballhawks."
T — Anthony Whiteley 4 run (Brandon Peaslee kick), 7:51.
T — Jake McNeice 5 run (Devon Walker from McNeice), 5:11.
Taconic quarterback Jake McNeice lays out to jump over Lee defenders during the Braves' 50-13 victory. McNeice threw for 78 yards in the victory. (Stephanie Zollshan - The Berkshire Eagle)
L — Lukas Loehr 92 kickoff return (kick failed), 4:52.
T — Walker 34 pass from McNeice (Peaslee kick), 1:40.
T — Whiteley 27 run (Peaslee kick), :48.
T — Gage 4 pass from McNeice (Peaslee kick), 7:14.
T — Gage 4 pass from McNeice (Peaslee kick), :23.
T — Whiteley 81 run (Peaslee kick), 7:39.
L — Michael Hurley 37 pass from Cam Abderhalden (Nick Wood kick), 5:06.
Taconic's Zyier Rasheed recovers the fumble of a Zach Gage interception in the second quarter of Taconic's win at Lee on Friday night. (Stephanie Zollshan - The Berkshire
WILDCATS RIDE THE WAVE to 12-6 VICTORY
Lee football holds off host Greenfield, 12-6
Cam Abderhalden throws for 151 yards in Wildcats' victory
By Jason Butynski, Greenfield Recorder
Posted: 09/26/2015 01:14:17 AM EDT
GREENFIELD >> When two defenses are dominating a game such as the case was between Lee and Greenfield on Friday night, the outcome can come down to whichever offense is able to overcome adversity more often.
The Wildcats did exactly that on what turned out to be their game-winning drive.
Lee overcame 55 yards of penalties on its first and only drive of the third quarter to score its second touchdown of the game and then held off a feverish Green Wave comeback attempt in the fourth for a 12-6 victory before a full house at Veterans Memorial Field.
Many felt entering the game that Lee is the team to beat in Western Mass. Division VI, and the Wildcats did nothing to disprove that notion. Instead, the Green Wave were able to make a statement that they belong in the postseason conversation, and Lee coach Keith Thomson admitted that he was impressed with the effort from the hosts.
"It was certainly more of a battle than we thought it was going to be but tip your hat to those guys, they played hard for four quarters. They certainly made us sweat and [Greenfield coach Mike Kuchieski] has done a good job with them and they played hard," said Thomson.
The difference came down to Lee's ability to overcome mistakes, namely the five penalties it was whistled for during a penalty-marred third quarter that saw three incidents of after-the-whistle jawing between the two sides.
The Wildcats took a 6-0 lead into the second half and Green Wave opened by putting together a 10-play drive that brought the ball down to the Lee 27, where the drive stalled with 5 minutes, 7 seconds left in the frame. Lee took over and put together a long drive of its own, which spanned into the fourth quarter. The drive included five penalties for 55 yards, including three near fights on three consecutive plays. Lee running back Nick Castillo was involved in a three-player altercation that cost his team 15 yards. Two plays later, after running back Ryan Ruef caught a 35-yard pass on a second-and-30 play for a first down, Ruef was flagged 15 yards for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Lee was able to get its emotions in check quickly enough to fight through the penalties and Castillo (33 yards on the drive) helped move the ball to the Green Wave 40. Then, on the second play of the fourth quarter, with Lee facing a third-and-7, quarterback Cam Abderhalden made a beautiful throw down the visitors sideline. He hit wideout Matt Reynolds in stride for a 40-yard touchdown pass that put the Wildcats up 12-0 with 9:09 left.
"We talked about it at halftime and asked the guys, 'How bad do you want it?' " Thomson said. "These are the games you remember, the tight ones, and no matter what, you have to find a way to overcome, a way to win, and this is a big win against a Division VI opponent."
Greenfield struggled to move the ball all night. The Green Wave netted just 26 yards in the first half and twice, and while it did move the ball better in the second half, it was far from picturesque. Numerous illegal motion penalties cost the Green Wave during the night, including two that nullified big runs by quarterback Max Pirozhkov. The Green Wave did finally get on the board on the ensuring drive following the Reynolds touchdown, and that came on a third-and-13 from the Wave's 34 (Greenfield was backed up due to an illegal motion penalty) when Pirozhkov got time and launched a pass to receiver Tyler Jacques, who had beaten the coverage 30 yards down field, and the former soccer player sprinted into the end zone for a touchdown.
The Green Wave defense, which has been tough all year and has not allowed more than 12 points in a game, stiffened the rest of the way, allowing the Wave's offense two more opportunities to tie the game. But penalties and sacks cost the Wave in the final two drives, and Lee held on for the win.
Lee took a 6-0 lead 3 minutes before halftime when Michael Hurley capped an eight-play, 60-yard drive with a 8-yard touchdown run on a counter.
Abderhalden had a big night in the win, completing 10 of 13 passes for 151 yards. The senior captain was a perfect 4 for 4 in the second half for 91 yards. Castillo led the rushing attack with 67 yards on 14 carries; Abderhalden had 26 yards on 11 runs; and Ruef had 11 yards on 5 carries.
HURRICANES STORM THROUGH LEE
High school football: Hoosac overpowers Lee on ground
Hurricanes rush for 336 yards against Wildcats to improve record to 2-0
Hoosac Valley's Avery Hall scores the Hurricanes' second touchdown against Lee on Friday night. Hall rushed for 148 yards. (Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle)
Hoosac Valley's Avery Hall scores his team's third touchdown in a football game against Lee at Lee High School. Friday, September 18, 2015. Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle.
LEE — The Hoosac Valley offensive line established the tone early, dominating the line of scrimmage and opening up big holes for itsrunning backs against Lee. The physical ground game led the Hurricanes to a 46-7 win over the Wildcats on Friday.Hoosac ran for 336 yards in the game. The Hurricanes first three drives led to touchdowns, and all but 19 of the yards came on the ground."I thought we did well in just getting in to them," Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot said. "We made better calls on the line this week and they know they have a big week coming [against Pittsfield]. They know they have get better every week and be better than we were this week."
The offensive line, led by Jameson Coughlan, fired hard off the ball throughout the game. The ability to set blocks on the Lee linebackers and secondary led to long gains. "When you get beat up front like that, it's hard to play defense," Lee coach Keith Thomson said. "Every game is won and lost up front. ... It didn't really matter what we did. We gave a couple different fronts. We sent some pressures and we had little spots where we were effective, but not nearly enough. They were able to sustain what they got, and when you get blocks on the second and third level, it's a long night."Brenden Ellsworth starting the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the game. After a Lee four-and-out, Avery Hall added a 21-yard touchdown run to put the Hurricanes up 16-0. Hall's second touchdown gave Hoosac a 24-0 lead with 7 minutes and 50 seconds left in the second quarter.Hall had 148 yards rushing on 11 carries. Ellsworth added 57 yards rushing and two touchdowns."It's all the linemen," Hall said. "The linemen were making the holes and I was just getting in there, We good blocking down field from our other running backs and we made it happen tonight."
After a Donald Monsees 28-yard touchdown run with 1:55 left in the first half, Hoosac's rushing attack continued to roll in the second half.Ellworth had a 5-yard touchdown in the third. Maxwell Shafer's 1-yard plunge was the final score of the game.Lee's lone score came off a quarterback keeper from Cam Abderhalden in the third. He faked a handoff to the running back, and took the ball 33 yards down the right sideline and into the endzone.Abderhalden did most of his damage on the ground, running five times for 78 yards. The passing attack struggled, however, as the Hurricanes forced four interceptions.Despite the big win, Hoosac broke the huddle with a "Pittsfield" chant, as the team clearly has its sight sset on Thursday's match-up with the Generals. The game is a rematch of last year's Division V championship. Pittsfield won 13-12."I couldn't even get it out [of my mouth] and they're already talking about it," Poirot said. "They know it's a short week and they got to be ready for PHS."
HV — Brenden Ellsworth 20 run (Donald Monsees run), 8:17.
HV — Hall 13 run (Hall run), 7:50.
HV — Monsees 33 run (Matt Koperniak run), 1:55.
HV — Ellsworth 5 run (pass failed), 7:02.
L — Cam Abderhalden 33 run (Nick Wood kick), 3:55.
HV — Maxwell Shafer 1 run (Nicholas Waterman run), 4:53
RUSHING — Hoosac: Brenden Ellsworth 7-57, Avery Hall 11-148, Matt Koperniak 3-21, Donald Monsees 6-53, David Critelli 7-39, Maxwell Shafer 7-32, Nicholas Waterman 2-(minus 2). Lee: Nick Castillo 6-11, Cam Abderhalden 5-78, Lukas Loehr 3-0, Ryan Ruef 2-1.
Posted: 09/12/2015 09:16:02 PM EDT |Updated: about 23 hours ago
Lee quarterback Cam Abderhalden eludes the grasp of Drury defender Alex Griffis in the first half of the Wildcats' 42-14 win Saturday in North Adams. Abderhalden scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half. (Matthew Sprague - The Berkshire Eagle)
NORTH ADAMS >> It wasn't that Lee High School's offense couldn't throw the football Saturday. The Wildcats just decided to stick with what was working.
The Wildcats, on the road for their season opener, rushed for nearly 300 yards as a team en route to a 42-14 win at Drury. Three Wildcats ran for 60 yards or more, led by quarterback Cam Abderhalden's 92 yards on seven carries and two second-half touchdowns.
Abderhalden, who threw for more than 1,200 yards last season, said Lee came in with a plan of attack through the air, but adjusted that plan when Drury's cover-three front proved to be formidable.
"They had guys flying out to the flats and had the deep routes shut down," he said. "Once we exploited the run [defense], that's what we just kept doing."
All six Lee touchdowns were scored on rushes — two by Abderhalden, two by Nick Castillo, and one each by Ryan Ruef and Lukas Loehr.
"We definitely did focus a lot on the passes this week," Drury coach Seth Shepard said. "[Abderhalden] is a very talented kid. I knew they had very talented guys on the outside. I thought we had a really good idea of what routes they were going to run, but they had very talented backs, and we didn't contain well."
Drury's defense was also hampered by injuries, with two expected starters on the defensive line missing the game due to injuries. A third defender, sophomore Cam Winters, suffered a knee injury at the end of the first quarter and didn't return. Shepard hopes to get Winters back in the lineup next week against Greenfield.
Drury's offense, meanwhile, was held to just five first downs, but showed promise through the air. The Blue Devils, after Lee finished its game-opening, 17-play drive with a Castillo 1-yard TD plunge, needed just two plays to answer and tie the game.
On second down, quarterback Kody Crosier rolled out on a play-action bootleg and found Hayden Bird in stride down the home sideline for a 75-yard touchdown pass. The play was the longest from scrimmage on the day and was the first of two Crosier-Bird TD connections.
"Once I came back [after a first-down audible out of the play] and looked at where the safeties were, I said 'We can get that pass off,' " Shepard said.
The score, though, served as a wake-up call for the Wildcats. They scored on their next two possessions in the first half, taking a 21-7 lead at halftime and never looking back.
Abderhalden did the majority of his running in the second half, scoring on runs of 15 and 48 yards. He also threw for 95 yards, and got 89 yards rushing from Ruef and 67 more from Castillo.
Lee coach Keith Thomson said his team was trying to "find out who we are right now," and added that the Wildcats must show better tackling form on defense in next week's tough county test against 1-0 Hoosac Valley.
Lee running back Nick Castillo heads into the end zone from eight yards out late in the first half Saturday at Drury. Castillo scored two touchdowns in Lee's 42-14 win. (Matthew Sprague - The Berkshire Eagle)
"You saw a lot of different sets from us, different personnel groupings in the game to kind of see who stepped up when it mattered," Thomson said.
The Wildcats-Hurricanes matchup Friday night will feature two of the better quarterbacks in the county, with Abderhalden leading the Wildcat offense and Matt Koperniak under center for Hoosac. Abderhalden said Lee needs to keep establishing both the run and play-action passing against the 'Canes.
"They're a great defense," he said of Hoosac. "We're going to have to watch a lot of film on them. It's going to be an advantage being able to pass and throw. We've got to keep them on their toes. We've got to make them respect us."
Lee 42, Drury 14
L — Nick Castillo 1 run (Nick Wood kick), 2:51
D — Hayden Bird 75 pass from Kody Crosier (Josh Pachecano kick), 1:46
L — Ryan Ruef 1 run (Wood kick), 10:03
L — Castillo 8 run (Wood kick), 1:31
L — Cam Abderhalden 15 run (Wood kick), 6:05
L — Lukas Loehr 1 run (Wood kick), 10:56
D — Bird 37 pass from Crosier (Pachecano kick), 7:35
L — Abderhalden 48 run (Wood kick), 4:12
RUSHING — Lee: Ryan Ruef 8-89, Cam Abderhalden 7-92, Nick Castillo 11-67, Lukas Loehr 6-25, Randy Pichardo 3-11, Omar Pichardo 1-10, Michael Hurley 1-5, Homer Winston 1-(minus 1). Drury: Sutye Vilayvanh 6-15, Kody Crosier 6-7, Thaylen Harrison 2-0.
Our 2015 Gold Card Fundraiser was a great success. The players did an awesome job and we exceeded our total cards sold from last year. Thank you to everyone who supported Lee Wildcat Football. Cam Abderhalden and Lukas Loehr where our top Gold Card sellers. We also had fourteen players who also exceeded their total cards sold and will be receiving some great prizes and gear. A great job by all the players. Thanks also to all our parent drivers who drove the players around town.
2015 WILDCAT CAPTAINS
#50~Tyler Buratto #10 Cam Abderhalden #56 Matt Heppleston
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ NIGHT
September 4, 2015
Our biggest fundraiser for Lee Football is Friday Night from 6-8 PM. Players will canvas the town selling Gold Cards. We need drivers to take the players around town. Email Brian or Billy if you can drive. We need seven drivers. Meet out back behind the school at 5:45 PM. Thank you.
2015 LEE WILDCATS FOOTBALL ~ BACK in BLACK
Who is our mystery water boy on the left ?
Text Alerts for Schedule & Practice Changes
Any parent or player who would like to receive text alerts from Coach Thomson and the Gridiron concerning practice schedule changes, cancellations, or Lee Football news can go to the bottom lower left corner of the website and sign up for a myleaguelineup account. Once your account is created you can go back to the myleaguelineup box and sign up to receive text alerts and enter in your cell number and carrier. These alerts will also be sent directly to the email address you register with. This is a great way to keep informed as to any changes in the practice times, schedule, cancellations, Gridiron meetings and Lee High Football events. If your player doesn't keep you informed, we can. Sign up now!!! If you have trouble registering send Billy a email and he will walk you through the process.
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Our biggest fundraiser for Lee Football was Friday Night from 6-8 PM. Players canvased the town selling Gold Cards. They did a great job. Thank you to everyone who drove and helped out in any way. Thanks again !!!!