"Football Uniform"

Football Uniform
I remember watching you out upon the field.
In the Seventh grade, you were with a helmet as your shield.
The uniform just hung upon your skinny frame.
The number on the jersey was your only name.

I washed and soaked those football pants time and time again.
I often said a little prayer for our team’s little men.
I hung the jersey out to dry with hopes of victory.
Watching how you were growing now for the entire world to see.

You grew in size physically, as well as character too.
I realized how the time has passed and the years they just flew.
For as I wash your uniform after this game that is your last,
I hope and pray you remember the lessons from seasons past.

Winning is very glorifying and is definitely the most fun.
Sometimes, however, you did everything there was to be done.
Yet the score didn't’t reflect the hard work and preparation the team put in.
And you had to support each other with compassion without the win.

I stand here proudly staring at your number upon this shirt.
I am wishing for more days that it would be filled with dirt.
My mind will hold forever the picture of my son.
Waiting for his name to be called and on the field he’d run.

My little skinny boy has now become a man.
In life he will go now and do the best he can.
Football has taught him, teamwork and unity.


Pittsfield football defeats Mahar on last-minute touchdown pass

By Gary Beauchemin | Follow on Twitter @garybsports
on November 13, 2015 10:06 PM, updated November 13, 2015 11:12 PM
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ORANGE — It sure had the feel of a tournament matchup Friday night as Pittsfield traveled to Mahar and escaped with a 20-18 victory at Woodward Athletics Complex.

Following a Senators touchdown to go ahead by four with 2:08 remaining in the game, the Generals responded with an 8-play, 63-yard drive of their own. That drive was capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kolbe Muzzy to Terrick Boire on 4th-and-7, with 38-seconds remaining in the game.

Mahar's ensuing drive stalled on the 50-yard line as the clock expired, giving Pittsfield the win.

Pittsfield (7-3) got things started on their first possession. Following a Mahar (7-3) punt on their first possession, the Generals drove the ball 65-yards in 10-plays capping it off with a 17-yard touchdown strike from Muzzy to Mason Papirio. Brian Rodriguez ran in the conversion to give Pittsfield the 8-0 lead.

The score stayed 8-0 until the third quarter when Mahar's Riley Gervais found the end zone on a 2-yard dive up the middle. The conversion was unsuccessful cutting the Pittsfield lead to 8-6 with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter. That drive proved costly for the Senators however, as standout running back Clay Richardson went down with an apparent leg injury following a 52-yard scamper that set up the Gervais touchdown run. Richardson was taken out of the facility on a cart and later transported by ambulance.

Pittsfield answered back on its following drive, as Sam Sala powered it in from 3 yards out. Conversion was no good giving Pittsfield a 14-6 lead just seconds into the fourth quarter.

Mahar answered right back with a lengthy 14-play, 64-yard drive capped by a Malik Adams 3-yard plunge into the end zone. The conversion was no good as Mahar closed the deficit to 14-12 with four minutes remaining in the contest.

Mahar forced a 3-and-out on Pittsfield's next possession and ended up with great field position on the Generals' 35-yard line. The Senators drove it 35-yards on three plays, capped by a Gervais 9-yard run off tackle, giving Mahar the lead 18-14 with 2:08 remaining.

Pittsfield answered right back, when momentum seemed to be against them on 4th and 7 on the Mahar 26-yard line, Muzzy completed a beautiful pass to Boire to give Pittsfield the lead, and the win 20-18.

Pittsfield was lead by Sala who had 22 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown. Papirio also contributed with 49 yards on eight carries. Papirio also had three receptions for 27 yards and a TD.

Mahar was lead by their newest 1,000-yard rusher Malik Adams who rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries and a score. Riley Gervais added five carries for 31 yards and two touchdowns. Clay Richardson had nine carries for 82 yards before exiting the game.

Mahar returns to action on Thanksgiving Day, taking on rival Athol at Home at 10 a.m. Pittsfield's season has come to an end as they do not play on Thanksgiving Day.

Pittsfield football wins wild one against Mahar

By George Miller

Special to The Eagle

Posted:   11/13/2015 11:11:22 PM EST0 Comments | Updated:   a day ago



ORANGE >> One team had barely missed the playoffs and the other made an early exit from the postseason last week, but playoff-style intensity prevailed Friday night when Mahar Regional School hosted Pittsfield High School at the Woodward Complex.

Pittsfield threw the last punch, converting fourth-and-7 at the Mahar 26 when Kolbe Muzzy threw a touchdown pass to Terrick Boire with 43.8 seconds left to give the Generals a 20-18 assigned-game victory over the Senators.

Muzzy, playing on a sore right ankle he injured late in the first half, stood in to loft the ball toward Boire on a post pattern. Boire made a terrific leaping catch at the back of the end zone, tightly covered by Mahar's Riley Gervais.

The Generals missed the two-point conversion pass and then weathered Mahar's last chance after the kickoff, as the Senators' Sam Paul completed three passes to get the ball to midfield. On the final play, with 3.3 seconds on the clock, Paul rolled to his right looking downfield, but the Generals' Sam Sala brought him down for the game-ending sack.

"We didn't get the job done last week, but we got the job done tonight, and that's all that matters to us," said Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski. "(Muzzy) made a great throw, Terrick Boire made a tremendous catch — I don't think we called that play but one other time the entire season, and it got picked."

Mahar (7-3) rallied from a 14-6 deficit early in the fourth quarter, getting a 2-yard touchdown by Malik Adams with four minutes left. The Senators then benefited from a short Pittsfield punt to take over at the Generals' 35, and after gains of five and 11 yards by Adams plus a personal-foul call, Gervais took it in from 8 yards away with just 2:08 on the clock, putting Mahar ahead 18-14.

Pittsfield then began its game-winning drive from its own 37, getting a key 19-yard gain by Sala (23 carries, game-high 146 yards) and a 10-yard completion from Muzzy to Mason Papirio just before the deciding score.

"We held them for three downs deep in our own zone, and they were still able to get it done on fourth down," said Senators coach Greg Scotland. "It's disappointing. It was a great catch by him, he was well defended, and it just didn't happen for us."

Adams' 70 yards on 20 carries put him over 1,000 yards for the season, ending the night with 1,008. Mahar needed each and every yard, after Adams' running mate, Clay Richardson, left the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. Richardson was hurt at the end of a 52-yard run and finished with a team-high 81 rushing yards, giving him 1,393.

The Generals broke on top late in the first quarter, finishing a 65-yard drive with a 16-yard TD pass from Muzzy to Papirio. Brian Rodriguez ran in the two-pointer for an 8-0 lead with 3:46 to play in the first. Pittsfield made that one-score edge hold up through the first half, although the Generals enjoyed a 170-43 edge in total offense over the first 20 minutes.

Pittsfield then lost a fumble at the Mahar 24 to start the third quarter, and the Senators flipped the field with a 76-yard drive, including Richardson's big gain. Gervais added a 17-yarder to bring the ball to the 3, and ran it in himself from the 2 a couple of plays later. Mahar tried a swinging-gate formation on the two-point try with a direct snap to Adams, but the Generals stopped him short to keep the game at 8-6 with 3:29 to go in the third.

With Sala carrying eight times for 46 yards, Pittsfield drove 70 yards in just under four minutes to expand its lead. Sala went in from the 3 on the second play of the fourth quarter, boosting the Generals into a 14-6 hold with 9:30 remaining.

"Our guys were disappointed last week, but I thought we dominated the game tonight," said Jezewski, who earned a postgame Gatorade-bucket dousing as his team wrapped its 7-3 campaign. "It's been the story of our season — we let them sneak back in. But we worked really hard, and I can't be prouder of our senior class."

Western Mass Playoff Game

November 6, 2015 – 07:00 PM

PHS vs Taconic

@Wahconah Park

PHS is the home team!!!

Cataldi Leads Way as Wahconah Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive

By Stephen Dravis Sports
12:00AM / Saturday, October 31, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Wahconah Regional High School track and field team needs to take a serious run at Tyler Cataldi.


Early in the third quarter of Friday's football game against Pittsfield, the 5-foot-9 senior took a handoff from quarterback Will Genaway, went over right tackle, made a bee-line for the end zone and hurdled over a would-be tackler on the way to a 19-yard touchdown to give Wahconah a 22-14 lead on the way to a 34-22 win at Wahconah Park.


"I got up there a little," Cataldi said. "I credit myself, but I credit my line, too. They did it all.


"I just remember thinking, 'Man, this kid is going to hit me low, so maybe I should just jump him.' "


It remains to be seen whether Cataldi's hurdle will be enough to vault Wahconah (5-3) into the Western Massachusetts Division 4 playoffs. Coach Gary Campbell and his team will learn that decision on Sunday whether it has a chance to defend its sectional crown and keep alive its dreams of a return trip to Gilette Stadium on the first Saturday in December.


What is known is that on this night, Cataldi was nearly unstoppable.


The play when he jumped over a kid and ran into the end zone? Just one of three huge plays he made to help Wahconah prevail in a back-and-forth battle with the Generals (6-2).


He started the game by going 46 yards on Wahconah's first play from scrimmage to score a touchdown. Then he added the 2-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead with just 1 minute, 32 seconds off the clock.


Early in the fourth quarter, with his team facing a third-and-12, Cataldi took a screen pass to the left side and raced 83 yards to set up his own 1-yard plunge two plays later to break a 22-22 tie and put his team on top for good.


"He had a great performance tonight," Campbell said. "He ran well. Ran behind a great line, got some openings. The screen was set up nice, and certainly that got us out of a big hole down.


"Tyler can run the ball well. He's a good running back. He certainly is capable. And he had a good night."


Campbell takes no credit for teaching Cataldi the move that most fans will remember most from Friday's game.


"How about it?" Campbell said. "I don't know what goes through the heads of kids. But that's just an athlete being an athlete making an athletic move.


"I actually didn't see it. The kids were all yelling about it. I was blocked out. Plus me not being one of the taller people around, I don't see a lot of things."


On Friday, Campbell saw a short-handed Pittsfield team slug it out with its rival for three quarters.


Missing running back Sam Sala, who is battling an ankle injury, the Generals got 89 yards rushing from Mason Papirio and 114 yards passing from Kolbe Muzzy.


They also took advantage of 99 yards in penalties against Wahconah -- 64 in the first quarter alone, when Campbell's team was flagged three times for personal fouls.


"I told the kids, they just have to settle down," he said. "There are underlying currents here between these two teams. There are underlying issues. And we did have to settle down. And we did that, I think, OK. But sometimes dealing with high school kids, emotions get to them.


"I'm really happy with the kids and how they handled it at the end."


After Cataldi's 46-yard burst to open the game, Pittsfield answered with an 64-yard rive that came up short when Max McIlquham made an interception at the 1-yard line.


A short punt gave Pittsfield possesion at the plus-12, and four plays laer, Muzzy scord from the 1. He hit Brian Rodriguez for the 2-pointer to tie the score 8-8.


The teams again traded touchdowns in the second quarter. First Papirio had the big play, a 59-yard run to give the Generals a 14-14 lead. Then Wahconah's Matt Salvatore scored from 8 yards out late in the quarter to send the teams to half-time tied, 14-14.


Salvatore's 22-yard kick return to open the third gave Wahconah the ball at midfield, and seven plays later Cataldi went Edwin Moses on the Generals to break the tie.


Again, Pittsfield responded, going 65-yards, mostly on the ground, before Muzzy hit Giovanni Figueroa for a 16-yard score. The two hooked up on the PAT, and it was all even.


Pittsfield got the ball back on a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and it got all the way to the 7 before Wahconah's defense made a stop it needed to make to get the ball back.


That set the stage for the screen pass to get Wahconah in scoring position, and Cataldi finished the drive to make it 28-22.


Wahconah's Kevin O'Brien, who repeatedly made big plays on the defensive side of the ball, had a sack and forced fumble on Pittsfield's next possession to get Genaway the ball on the plus-24. Three plays later the junior QB ran it in from the 11 to get Wahconah some insurance with 4:47 left in regulation.


Another O'Brien sack and another Pittsfield fumble stalled the Generals' last possession, and Pittsfield lost for the first time since Sept. 24.


"That's a good football team," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said. "I'll give them credit. Our guys went toe-to-toe with them for the most part. We're a good football team as well.


"We knew this was going to be a battle coming in."


Both Wahconah (Division 4) and Pittsfield (Division 5) await the final decision of Sunday morning's Western Mass seeding meeting to find out for sure that they made the four-team tournament and who their next opponent will be.


Pittsfield football defeats Amherst, 50-18

Rodriguez runs for 167 yards, 4 TDs

By Dick Lindsay @BE_DLindsay on Twitter

Posted:   10/23/2015 11:11:26 PM EDT0 Comments | Updated:   a day ago



PITTSFIELD >> Pittsfield's ground attack, led by Edwin Rodriguez's 167 yards rushing and four touchdowns, powered the Generals past the Amherst Hurricanes, 50-18.

The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game was for almost three quarters, as the visitors gave the hometown team all it could handle, trailing only 22-12 at halftime.

The turning point came on the opening drive of the second half when Amherst appeared to have cut the lead to four as Joseph Tavares busted up the middle for a 34-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the drive. An illegal procedure penalty against the Hurricanes negated the run, the Generals defense tightened up forcing Amherst to turn the ball over on downs.

Pittsfield immediately capitalized on their opponent's missed opportunity, going on an 8-play, 63 yard drive — all on the ground — capped by Rodriguez's 18-yard score.

"That was a momentum swing that hurt us," said Amherst coach David Thompson. "But we had some big plays and I'm proud of how the team stepped up."

Rodriguez's final touchdown early in fourth quarter put the game out of reach, as the Generals improved to 6-1. The Hurricanes remained winless at 0-7.

Despite the impressive victory, Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski wasn't pleased his squad let Amherst stay close.

"We had a little letdown in the second quarter and we stress you have to play tough for all 44 minutes," he said. "We knew going into the game from seeing film they have some very good athletes."

The most talented wearing the maroon and white jersey was quarterback Will Budington, who threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

Constantly pressured by the Pittsfield defensive line, Budington was often in scramble mode, finding receivers open for big gains.

Nevertheless, the Generals defense held the junior signal caller to 8 of 15 and an interception to end the Hurricanes' last drive.

Gio Figueroa had two sacks, with Shane Cronin, Sam Fick and Austin Houghtaling stuffing Amherst's running game that netted only 20 yards.

Tyrell Boire at cornerback had a big night, breaking up several pass plays and picking off Budington in the end zone with seconds to play.

Pittsfield wraps up its regular season next Friday night at Wahconah Park, hosting the Wahconah Warriors.


Amherst 0 12 0 6 — 18

Pittsfield 16 6 8 20 — 50

First Quarter

P — Kolbe Muzzy 22 run (Edwin Rodriguez run).

P — E. Rodiguez 3 run (Brian Rodriguez run).

Second Quarter

A — J.J. Sylla 13 pass from Will Budington (pass failed).

P — E. Rodriguez 3 run (run failed).

A — Tajhon Joyner 30 pass from Budington (pass failed).

Third Quarter

P — E. Rodriguez 18 run (Mason Papirio pass from Muzzy).

Fourth Quarter

P — E. Rodriguez 47 run (B. Rodriguez pass from Muzzy).

A — Sylla 75 pass from Budington (run failed).

P — Papirio 46 run (run failed).

P — Gio Figueroa 17 run (pass failed).



First downs 10 13

Rush-yards 32-20 41-353

Comp-Att.-Int 8-15-1 2-5-0

Pass yards 217 31

Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1

Penalties-yds 8-70 5-55

Papirio Propels Pittsfield Past Spartans

By Stephen Dravis
iBerkshires Sports - Print

08:58PM / Saturday, October 17, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Not much happened in the last 22 minutes on Saturday afternoon at Monument Mountain.
The first 22 was more than enough.
Mason Papirio ran for 204 first-half yards, and the Pittsfield High defense returned two first-half fumbles for touchdowns en route to a 44-6 win over the Spartans (1-4).
"We really wanted to stay disciplined all week in what we do," PHS coach Brian Jezewski said after his team improved to 5-1. "We don't worry about other things. We have different things we do depending on what defensive front we see.
"I think defensively we played a great game. I don't think we gave much of anything up.
"Offensively, when our first group was in for the first half, we really did a fine job of executing. I believe we turned the ball over once early on, but the guys did a good job of staying together as a group and playing together and executing the game plan."
All of the scoring for both teams came in the first two quarters.
Papirio scored three times, and Kolbe Muzzy ran in once from the 2.
The other two scores came on Giovanni Figueroa fumble recoveries.
The first time, a Monument ball-carrier was tied up at about the Spartans' 14, and Figueroa ripped the ball out of his hands and went the other way to make it 22-0.
The second time, Figueroa picked up a loose ball in the Monument backfield at about the 15 and went most of the way to the end zone, but rather than be tackled short of the line, he gave up the ball to teammate Tyrell Boire, who finished the return to make it 34-0. Brian Rodriguez added one of his three 2-point conversions (Muzzy threw for the other one), and it was 36-0 midway through the second quarter.
On the day, Pittsfield recovered four fumbles and got an interception from Griffin Manns.
"That's something we definitely teach," Jezewski said. "We really want to start creating more turnovers and getting more aggressive. ... We're constantly talking about creating turnovers and really just 11 hats to the ball and finding the ball."
After Boire's score, Monument's Cayvon Truden returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for the Spartans' only score.
Three plays into Pittsfield's ensuing possession, Papirio busted a 56-yard run to get that score back and finish the scoring for the day.
In the second half, the teams combined for three first downs. The most significant play came late in the third when Monument QB Brandon Perry was knocked out after throwing in incompletion. He did not return; freshman Caleb Carlson completed two of four attempts for 16 yard in relief.
Monument travels north to face Drury next Saturday. Pittsfield has an independent game on Friday before wrapping up the season at home against Wahconah ... not that Jezewski will let anyone wearing purple think about that game.
"We've got important games coming up, Jezewski said. "This was an important game this week. We're 1-0 after today; we're going to be 0-0 again on Monday."

Four different Generals score as No. 10 Pittsfield football tops No. 16 Lee

By Stephen Romano
on October 09, 2015 9:21 PM, updated October 09, 2015 9:59 PM

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PITTSFIELD — The No. 10 Pittsfield football team’s defense capitalized on all of No. 16 Lee’s mistakes, scooping up fumbles, securing interceptions and recovering botched punts.

 Four different Generals scored as Pittsfield defeated the Wildcats, 36-12 on Friday night. Pittsfield improves to 4-0, and Lee falls to 2-3.

With 7:48 left in the game, Edwin Rodriguez jolted up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown, unleashing the final blow to Lee, and securing the Generals’ victory. It was Rodriquez’s second score of the night — the first coming on 45-yard run in the third quarter, which extended Pittsfield’s lead to 22-6. Rodriguez rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries.

Pittsfield’s backfield attack was on display early, as the Generals only needed nine plays — all on the ground — to pick up their first score on a Mason Papirio 2-yard run, at 6:09 in the first. The Generals handed it off to Sam Sala up the middle, and Papirio to the outside bolting to 56 yards on their first possession — something they continued to do successfully the entire game.

With just under a minute left in the half, Cam Abderhalden dropped back to pass, scrambled right, broke two tackles and fired it to Edwin Hernandez for a 41-yard pass, setting the Wildcats up on 12-yardline. Two plays later, Abderhalden connected with Patrick Finnegan for a 12-yard touchdown, getting the Wildcats on the board and cutting the Generals’ lead to 16-6 going into halftime.

Abderhalden passed for 61 yards on the scoring drive — getting the Wildcats the score with seven plays.

Looking to score again, Abderhalden faced a long 2-and-13, but used his legs to scramble out of the pocket, broke three defenders and hurled a pass down the middle, which was tipped by a Generals’ defender, but landed in the hands of Michael Hurley for an 18-yard score. Hurley’s catch cut Pittsfield’s lead to 30-12 with 1:21 left in the third.

Abderhalden finished 6-for-14 with 108 yards, finding receivers in the endzone twice. On the ground, he rushed for 60 yards on eight carries. Hurley carried the ball six times for 19 yards and had two receptions for 35.

 Sala carried the ball 16 times for the Generals, rushing for 71 yards, while using his strength to break through the defensive schemes.

Pittsfield Football Improves to 4-1

iBerkshires Sports - Print

11:03PM / Friday, October 09, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield High football team bounced back from a letdown late in the first half and rolled to a 36-12 victory over Lee on Friday night at Wahconah Park.
The Generals (4-1) were up, 16-0, with less than a minute left when Lee quarterback Cam Abderhalden "made a Cam Abderhalden play," according to PHS coach Brian Jezewski.
The Lee senior scrambled out of trouble and threw a strike 25-yards downfield to set up Lee's first score of the game.
"But the thing that I liked was the kids bounced back and stopped the 2-point coversion, and then we scored right away to start the second half. That was the turning point of the game," Jezewski said.
Edwin Rodriguez rushed for more than 100 yards, taking some of the load from Sam Sala, who turned an ankle in the first half.
"We ran the ball," Jezewski said. "We ran it a lot. Our offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage."
The Generals played without seniors Shane Cronin and Parker Blessing, who were injured.
Jezewski had nothing but praise for the Wildcats (2-3).
"Keith [Thompson] does a great job preparing his kids," Jezewski said. "[Randy Pichardo], the defensive lineman is a very physical player."
Pittsfield on Friday travels to face Monument Mountain. Lee crosses the county to face Mount Greylock on Friday.

Team picture 2015

IMPORTANT!! JV game will be held Saturday October  10 not Monday. ..

PHS vs Lee @Lee


9:15 am bus departure 

The boys will need to be at PHS @8:30am

Pittsfield football throttles Drury, 50-

By Akeem Glaspie, @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter

Posted:   10/03/2015 08:38:34 PM EDT0 Comments | Updated:   about 12 hours ago
NORTH ADAMS >> Coming off a lopsided loss to Hoosac Valley last Thursday, the Pittsfield football team had two extra days to focus on fixing mistakes ahead of its matchup with Drury.

Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said he wanted to cut down on turnovers, and despite losing a fumble on the second play of the game, the Generals did just that, forcing six Drury turnovers instead in a 50-6 win over the Blue Devils on Saturday.

Sam Sala, Kolbe Muzzy and Edwin Rodriguez all scored twice in the first half, giving Pittsfield a 44-0 halftime lead.

Sala led the way with 148 yards on 14 carries. Muzzy rushed four times for 42 yards. Rodriguez had 90 yards on eight carries.

"We forgot about the Hoosac game, and we just wanted to work on our turnovers and make a statement this week," Muzzy said.

Drury had a hard time containing Pittsfield's hurry-up offense. With five underclassmen playing both ways, in addition to missing senior running back Sutye Vilayvanh with a hand injury, the young Blue Devils could not keep up with the Generals' tempo.

"We had an idea that they would [run a hurry-up] against us," Drury coach Seth Shepard said. "We're trying to substitute and get a lot of kids in there to get experience quick."

After punting on its opening possession, Drury lost fumbles on three straight drives and threw an interception on the fourth.

The turnovers helped Pittsfield score on seven consecutive possessions.

The Blue Devils' youth showed the most at the line of scrimmage, with the Drury defense allowing almost 10 yards per carry.

"We started running parts of our offense that we weren't able to run at the beginning of the year," Jezewski said. "Kolbe is starting to get a real feel for what we're doing offensively. I'm real proud of the guys' efforts today and defensively, I thought our guys played fantastic."

Pittsfield's front seven had Drury quarterback Kody Crosier constantly under pressure. He threw three interceptions and rarely had a clean pocket to work from.

In the fourth quarter, Crosier hit sophomore Jamal Beda on a short throw to the right sideline. Beda shook a defender and went 49 yards for the score. The play was one of the few bright spots for the hosts.

Crosier went 6 of 16 for 97 yards through the air. Hayden Bird was his favorite target, catching three balls for 40 yards. Crosier led in rushing as well, gaining 47 yards on 11 carries.

"When you give up three turnovers in the first quarter, nothing is ever going to be positive for you," Shepard said. "The young team that we have, I thought we won the game in the second half. I challenged them to play their game and have fun in the second half and they did that. That's the positive."


  Pittsfield 30 14 6 0 50
  Drury 0 0 0 6 0

First Quarter

P — Edwin Rodriguez 1 run (Brian Rodriguez run), 6:03.

P — Kolbe Muzzy 36 run (Mason Papirio run), 5:46.

P — Muzzy 5 run (run failed), 4:21.

P — Sam Sala 5 run (Papirio pass from Muzzy), 1:31.

Second Quarter

P — Sala 2 run (Muzzy run), 9:03.

P — Rodriguez 10 run (run failed), 5:25.

Third Quarter

P — Sala 9 run (kick failed), 7:57.

Fourth Quarter

D — Jamal Beda 49 pass from Kody Crosier (pass failed), 2:33.

  P D
First Downs 12 9
Rushes-yards 42-387 29-69
Comp-att-int 0-0-0 6-16-3
Passing yards 0 97
Penalties-yards 3-25 3-20
Fumbles-lost 4-1 3-3



RUSHING — Pittsfield: Sam Sala 14-148, Edwin Rodriguez 8-90, Brian Rodriguez 3-28, Mason Papirio 2-46, Kolbe Muzzy 4-42, Tyrell Boire 1-3, Connor Graham 4-2, Sebastian Guelce 1-19, Ian Benoit 2-(minus 10, Joe Traversa 2-17, Alejandro Arevaio 1-2, Drury: Thaylen Harrison 12-19, Kody Crosier 11-47, Jamal Beda 3-(minus 1), Nate Hilliard 3-4.

PASSING — Pittsfield: N/A. Drury: Crosier 6-16 97.

RECEIVING — Pittsfield: N/A. Drury: Hayden Bird 3-40, Harrison 2-8, Beda 1-49.


Powerful rushing attack leads No. 10 Pittsfield football to win over Drury

October 3, 2015

Powerful rushing attack leads No. 10 Pittsfield football to win over Drury

Powerful rushing attack leads No. 10 Pittsfield football to win over Drury
No. 10 Pittsfield football coach Brian Jezewski addresses his team following the Generals 50-6 win at Drury on Saturday. (TIM CULVERHOUSE / MASSLIVE)
By Tim Culverhouse |
on October 03, 2015 5:30 PM, updated October 03, 2015 5:40 PM
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NORTH ADAMS – The game didn’t start the way No. 10 Pittsfield football head coach Brian Jezewski wanted. Two plays into the Generals' first offensive possession, running back Sam Sala fumbled into the waiting arms of Drury’s David Kelly. After the Blue Devils stalled offensively in their own territory, though, the Generals took control of Saturday afternoon’s contest.

Pittsfield (3-1, 3-1) scored on six straight possessions after the early mishap, and pushed the lead to 44-0 en route to a dominant 50-6 win over the Blue Devils. The Generals did not attempt a pass in the game, sticking to the potent rushing attack that generated 390 yards on 41 attempts and seven touchdowns.

"We've been turning the ball over way too much, we've been focusing on that all week," said Jezewski. "For that to happen on the second play of the game was disappointing. But our guys bounced back. We were able to start running parts of our offense that we hadn't been able to early in the year. Kolbe (Muzzy) is starting to get a feel for what we're doing offensively. I'm real proud of out effort today."

Sala made up for his early fumble, finding the end zone three times. The senior ran 14 times for 158 yards as part of a non-stop barrage of Pittsfield offense. Muzzy and Edwin Rodriguez each scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half as the injury-riddled Drury defense could not slow down the attack.

Sala eclipsed the century mark in the win, with Rodriguez finishing just under 100-yards with 91 on seven carries.

Pittsfield rebounded from a tough loss in Week 3 at No. 5 Hoosac Valley in a big way Saturday, but Jezewski stressed the importance of viewing each game with both teams at 0-0.

"The message after the Hoosac game was that it was just one lost," Jezewski said. "It was unfortunate that we lost but it was just one game in the season. We're 0-0 every week. We are who we are right now, but we're 0-0 again on Monday. Our goal is to win the most important game of the season, and that's now next Friday night."

After the Pittsfield offense was held in check against the Hurricanes, the Generals' offensive line generated a positive push on each rushing play, resulting in only six negative plays in the game. Defensively, Austin Houghtaling and Deshane Johnson each recovered a fumble that turned into points for the visitors on their next drive. Brian Rodriguez, Tyrell Boire and Mason Papirio recorded interceptions in the win for the Generals.

Drury (0-4, 0-3) struggled offensively, picking up only 176 yards of total offense in the contest. With a shutout looming, Kody Crosier connected with Jamal Beda on a 48-yard score to put the Blue Devils on the board. Crosier added 47 yards on the ground, and Thaylen Harrison chipped in 20 rushing yards on 12 rushes.

The Generals host No. 18 Lee in a Week 5 battle of Berkshire powers, looking to continue an offensive system that performed at its peak Saturday.

"Every win is a great win," Jezewski added. "Our guys will enjoy this tonight and we'll take a look at it again tomorrow and get back at it on Monday."

Game of the Week: Thursday Rematch for Hoosac-Pittsfield

By Stephen Dravis
iBerkshires Sports - Print

11:00PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. -- Local high school football fans do not have to wait until Friday to get their weekly fix this week.
But one of the teams involved in Thursday's Week 3 opener has been waiting a very long time for this kickoff.
"We circled that in the winter - in the off-season, we want that one bad," Hoosac Valley senior Jameson Coughlan said last Friday of this Thursday's rematch with Pittsfield High.
Last fall, Pittsfield won the Western Massachusetts Divison 5 title with a 13-12 victory at Hoosac Valley High School.
The Hurricanes get their next shot at the Generals on Thursday at Renfrew Field in a 6 p.m. contest.
The one-point, season-ending loss -- which turned on a disputed non-fumble call on Pittsfield's fourth-quarter game-winning drive -- was a motivating factor for Hoosac Valley throughout the off-season and it was the first thing on the Hurricanes' minds after improving to 2-0 on Friday at Lee.
"I didn't even get to get it out, and they were talking about it," Poirot said. "They know it's a short week, and they've got to be ready for PHS. They know it's a big game for us."
Down in the Shire City, they also can't wait for Thursday night, but the buildup does not have quite the same feel.
"This is the most important game of Week 3 for us," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said after practice on Tuesday. "I tell my guys to stay where their feet are and focus on the moment. We just want to get better. Today being Tuesday, we want to get better on Wednesday, and things will take care of themselves on Thursday night."
The Generals (2-0) were better defensively last week than they were in Week 1's overtime win over Taconic. Pittsfield went from allowing 20 points in its opener (14 in regulation) to pitching a shutout last Friday against Mount Greylock.
Jezewski credited the return from injury of seniors Giovanni Figueroa and Mason Papiro as well as the natural progression of the team from week to week.
Thursday could be the toughest test yet for the PHS defense. Hoosac Valley comes in with county's most prolific ground attack in the early going. The three-headed monster of Brendan Ellsworth, Avery Hall and Matt Koperniak has rushed for 619 yards and eight touchdowns in two games.
For PHS, Sam Sala and Figueroa combined for 169 yards in last week's defensive slugfest against Mount Greylock.

High school football: Pittsfield's defense shuts down Greylock

High school football: Pittsfield's defense shuts down Greylock

By Howard Herman @howardherman on Twitter

Posted:   09/18/2015 11:56:03 PM EDT0 Comments | Updated:   97 min. ago



PITTSFIELD — Twice in the fourth quarter Mount Greylock got into Pittsfield's red zone and twice the Mounties came up empty on Friday night.

"I just didn't want them to score. I wanted to keep the shutout," said Pittsfield's Shane Cronin. "We just wanted to stay in it and not let anything up."

The Pittsfield defense stopped a Greylock drive on its 1-yard line and then stopped another potential scoring drive on the PHS 22 to hold on and beat the Mounties 14-0 at Wahconah Park. The win kept the Generals unbeaten at 2-0 and the Mounties winless at 0-2.

"Berkshire County football is 44 minutes of hell. I don't care who you're playing," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said. "It's Friday night in Berkshire County. It's going to be a tough game."


Pittsfield outgained Greylock 202-75 in the first half (313 yards to 201 in the game), but the Generals didn't get on the scoreboard until the final 1:38 of the half. A 31-yard punt return by Edwin Rodriguez set PHS up on the Greylock 21. Three plays later, quarterback Kolbe Muzzy faked a handoff to Sam Sala and scampered around the right end on a 10-yard touchdown run. The half ended 6-0.

Greylock took the second half kickoff but went three-and-out quickly. Pittsfield took over at the Mounties' 45. On the third play of a drive that was aided by a Mount Greylock personal foul, Gio Figueroa went 26 yards for the score. The two-point conversion made it 14-0.

The Greylock offense really got untracked in the fourth quarter. Brandon Condon picked off a Muzzy pass at the Mountie 38, and first-year coach Andrew Agostini's crew marched 10 plays to the PHS 2. The big play was a 25-yard pass from Brodie Altiere to Condon. But on the second play of the drive, Pittsfield's Mason Papirio recovered a Greylock fumbled handoff.

Then, with 1:45 left, the Mounties stopped another drive and took it from their 31 into Pittsfield territory. The drive stalled on the Generals' 22-yard line.

"We have a lot of younger guys on the field. To see them come out and play like this against one of the best teams in the league, we have to be proud," said Agostini. "They played tough. They didn't quit. We saw a lot of good things and there's a lot to build off of."

The same could be said for the Generals.

"We made some improvement [from the first week] on 'D' definitely. The shutout, nothing better than that," said Muzzy. "On offense, we're just going to get better for Hoosac on Thursday."


Greylock 0 0 0 0 — 0

Pittsfield 0 6 8 0 — 14

Second Quarter

P—Kolbe Muzzy 10 run (Run failed), 1:48.

Third Quarter

P—Gio Figueroa 26 run (Sam Sala pass from Muzzy), 7:17.



First Downs 14 9

Rushes-Yards 42-233 27-72

Passing yards 80 129

Comp-Att-Int 4-14-3 10-26-0

Punts-Avg 2-28.0 5-28.8

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 4-2

Penalties-Yards 12-110 3-35



RUSHING—PHS: Sam Sala 14-70, Kolbe Muzzy 8-15, Gio Figueroa 9-84, Edwin Rodriguez 6-41, Mason Papirio 5-23. MG: Pat Storie 12-41, Reilly Parker 4-14, Austan Quagliano 6-11, Brodie Altiere 2-(minus-13), Sean McCormack 3-17.

PASSING—PHS: Muzzy 4-14-3 80. MG: Altiere 10-26-0 129.

RECEIVING—PHS: Papirio 2-19, Tyrell Boire 1-44, Figueroa 1-17. MG: Brandon Condon 5-75, Parker 1-22, Cal Messina 2-22, Sean McCormack 2-10.

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Sam Sala carries No. 14 Pittsfield football over Taconic in overtime, 22-20

Sam Sala carries No. 14 Pittsfield football over Taconic in overtime, 22-20
No. 14 Pittsfield defeated Taconic in overtime on Sept. 12. (Submitted photo)
By Stephen Romano
on September 12, 2015 3:02 PM, updated September 12, 2015 4:39 PM
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PITTSFIELD – Sam Sala may have had a tight cramp in his leg from the heat, but when he returned, he capitalized on Taconic’s loose defense. Sala punched in two touchdowns to lead the Pittsfield Generals over the Taconic Braves, 22-20, in an overtime contest between the two rival schools.

The Generals open their season with a 1-0 record, while the Braves fall to 0-1.

"We really learned to never quit from this game," said Sala. "It gives us a lot of confidence and I think we can do pretty good."

Pittsfield used all four plays to score in overtime, finishing the drive with a 2-yard rush from Sala. Once it completed the two-point conversion, Taconic took over from 10 yards out and passed left. After hitting his receiver, Jake McNeice and the Generals were called back for a false start. With the ball sitting on the 15-yard line, McNeice caught the snap, rolled right and hit David McIntosh in the corner, who was called out of bounds by inches. Not fazed by the call, McNeice ran the same play and scored.

Constantly coming up with big plays, the Pittsfield defense stormed the line again and stopped the Braves from tying the game up—securing the victory.

Following a two-yard score from Edwin Rodriguez, Sala – who rushed for 136 yards on 28 carries – was sidelined with a cramp again in the fourth quarter. Rodriguez furiously manned the running back slot, picking up 29 yards on three plays in the drive. Sala returned, corralled five handoffs and gave Pittsfield a 14-8 lead with 3:32 remaining.

"I just wanted to come in and try and work hard." said Rodriguez. "My team was just there for me." 

Taconic opened the scoring early, finding the endzone with 6:41 left in the first quarter. From the 13-yard line, Jake Galliher caught a low pitch and took off to the right – breaking tackles and crossing the goal line.

"It was a huge win," said Rodriguez. "It was a city game, and I just knew we'd come in and win."

Sala picked up 10 yards on two carries, following a 19-yard connection from Kolbe Muzzy to Brian Rodriguez to open the second half. On his second run, Sala stayed down and exited the game, being replaced by Rodriguez, who capped the drive off with a two-yard run – tying the game at eight apiece, after the two-point conversion.

"The offensive line was great and I couldn't have done it without them," said Sala. 

Struggling to hold onto the ball in the first half, Taconic elected to air the ball out more in the second half. McNeice was 8-for-14, passing for 172 yards and found his receivers twice for scores.

With eight second remaining in regulation, McNeice marched his offense up field 70 yards. Anthony Whiteley, who also struggled with injuries, carried the ball three times on the drive, forcing the defense to collapse and opening the outside for McNeice to work. He found Devon Walker three times down the sideline, first for 39 yards, then for 30, and finally for two yards and a score that tied the game at 14, with eight seconds left in regulation.

Taconic decided to go for two, however, McNeice couldn’t connect with his receivers. Walker had six receptions for 156 yards, and David McIntosh gained 10 yards on one catch.

 Muzzy was 4-for-11 passing for the Generals, throwing for 36 yards.

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Pittsfield Wins City Championship in OT

By Stephen Dravis
iBerkshires Sports - Print

05:26PM / Saturday, September 12, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- In the first three quarters of play on Saturday at Taconic High School, the Pittsfield and Taconic football teams combined for just one score.
Then, all hell broke lose.
Pittsfield rallied to take a 14-8 lead, Taconic scored with eight seconds on the clock to force overtime, Pittsfield scored eight on the first OT possession, and Taconic got a 9-yard TD pass only to miss the conversion as the Generals held on for a 22-20 win and the city championship.
The rest of the high school football season has a tough act to follow.
"I take my hat off to [Taconic] Coach [Jim] Ziter," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said. "That's a great football team there. These games are always interesting, these city games. You play your 'A' game, and you're not necessarily going to win. Today, we played our 'D' game, and we were fortunate to come out with a win. I told the guys, I never met a pretty loss or an ugly win. That's the most important thing.
"We work our asses off, every single day. I wouldn't trade this locker room with anyone in the country."
Sam Sala ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Edwin Rodriguez added 39 and a score to help Pittsfield open the season with a win over its cross-town rivals.
Taconic (0-1) started the day strong, stopping a fourth-down try in Pittsfield's end on the Generals' first possesion. Five plays after taking over at the plus-32, Taconic's Jake Galliher took a pitch and went right for 13 yards to give his team a 6-0 lead. Jake McNeice then hooked up with Tyrell Council to give the home team an eight-point advantage.
And that is where it stayed for the next 27 minutes, 41 seconds of game time.
Pittsfield saw its next three drives stall in Taconic's end of the field -- once on another failed fourth-down conversion and twice on fumbles -- and trailed, 8-0, at half-time.
"We started off really slow," Pittsfield captain Shane Cronin said. "Those fumbles were killing us. We were getting into the red zone, and we just couldn't finish it off. Going into half-time without a score, we never want to do that. We hate doing that.
"But we really picked it up at half-time. We got some spirit into our players, an we came out hard."
Cronin made a big play just before half-time to keep it a one-score game, hauling down Taconic's McNeice on a fourth-and-goal at the 3 to keep Taconic out of the end zone after a 74-yard drive.
Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the third quarter, although Taconic came close, taking the second half kickoff and marching to the visitors' 18 before missing on a fourth-down try.
The third quarter ended with Pittsfield on the Taconic 35 after Tyrell Boire pounced on a Taconic fumble.
The fourth quarter started with Kolbe Muzzy completing a 19-yard pass to Brian Rodriguez to convert a third-and-10 and get the ball to the 16. Three running plays later, Edwin Rodriguez was in the end zone with Pittsfield's first points. He then ran in the 2-point conversion to tie the game.
The Generals forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession. And after the punt put the ball at midfield, Edwin Rodriguez and Sala combined to run eight times for 56 yards, the last 2 coming on a play that ended with a Pittsfield fumble recovery at the goal line to make it 14-8.
Taconic got the ball back on its 30 with 3:26 on the clock, and instead of licking its wounds, it went 70 yards to tie the game. The two big plays were a 38-yard pass by McNeice on fourth-and-6 and a 32-yarder on third-and-19.
"They didn't give up," Ziter said. "We passed the ball when they knew we were going to pass the ball. This team showed everything."
The game-tying drive was helped by an interference call on third-and-goal from the 10 that gave Taconic first-and-goal at the 1. Another interference call -- on second-and-goal at the 5 -- gave Taconic its third first-and-goal of the possession. And it finally converted when McNeice hit Devon Walker (four catches, 118 yards) for a 2-yard TD.
Taconic could not convert the 2-pointer to take a lead, and it kicked the ball back to Pittsfield with 8 seconds on the clock. The Generals tried one pass from their 37 before time expired, sending the game to OT.
Sala scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on Pittsfield's first OT possession. Then Muzzy connected with Edwin Rodriguez for the conversion to make it a 22-14 game.
Taconic faced a third-and-goal from the 9 on its ensuing possession, but McNeice found David McIntosh in the end zone to get his team within two points. Pittsfield's defense broke up Taconic's 2-point try, setting off a wild celebration.
"It was a helluva game," Ziter said. "This is the real deal. These kids are the real deal."
Ziter was proud not only of his players but of how far the Taconic program has come. Saturday's large crowd -- much of which repeatedly pressed up against the back of the end zone in OT -- was testament to that progress.
"The year before I took the job, I came to a game, and there was nobody here," Ziter said after starting his third year at the helm. "This was awesome. And this game is only going to bring them back. We have five more home games here. This was awesome.
"Pittsfield High, [Western Mass] Division 5 champs, and we went to overtime and lost by two? This is what it's all about. ... It's a win for the program."

First Game

Taconic football forces overtime, but Pittsfield prevails 22-20

Sam Sala's touchdown, Edwin Rodriguez's two-point conversion catch lift Generals in city rivalry game

By Akeem Glaspie, @THEAkeemGlaspie on Twitter

Posted:   09/12/2015 09:25:25 PM EDT0 Comments | Updated:   30 min. ago



Photo Gallery | Pittsfield-Taconic high school football

PITTSFIELD >> Taconic High School's football team came up one reception short Saturday afternoon.

The Braves mounted a late comeback at home to force overtime against city rival Pittsfield, but the Generals got a Sam Sala touchdown and a two-point conversion in the extra period, while the Braves couldn't connect on their own two-point try in a 22-20 loss to PHS.

Quarterback Jake McNeice and receiver Devon Walker connected for chunk yardage throughout the game, but McNeice and Jake Galliher couldn't connect for the potential game-tying conversion pass, setting off a General celebration in the end zone.

The Pittsfield defense actually struggled in pass coverage throughout the game. David MacIntosh's 10-yard touchdown catch kept Taconic alive in the first overtime period, but the Generals rotated linebacker Shane Cronin and safety Kolbe Muzzy in man coverage with Walker, jamming him at the line with help over the top, helping to set up the stop on the two-point conversion.

"We started off really slow and those fumbles were killing us," Cronin said. "We trust in our secondary. We have a lot of work to do back there, but we trust those guys to do their job.

"Devon has a lot of speed and great hands, but we were putting him in double coverage and I was knocking him off the line."

Trailing 14-6 late in the fourth, the Braves mounted a late comeback to force overtime. McNeice and Walker connected for gains of 37 and 32, taking the ball to the opposing five-yard line. A fumble lost five yards, but a pass interference call on the next play brought the ball to the 2. A short run and a false start moved the ball back to the 6, but another pass interference call again moved the ball to the 2. This time, McNeice found Zach Gage for a two-yard touchdown with eight seconds left in regulation.

The potential winning two-point pass in regulation failed, setting up overtime and a Sam Sala two-yard touchdown run on Pittsfield's opening drive of the extra period. Muzzy hit Edwin Rodriguez in the flat for the game-winning two-point conversion.

"They didn't give up," Taconic coach Jim Ziter said. "We passed when they knew we were going to pass the ball and this team showed everything. ... "I said they've got to finish, but we finished in regulation. [Without] one mishap in the end, we'd be going to a second overtime."

Taconic takeaways kept the Generals off the board for three quarters, but Sala and Edwin Rodriguez — players filling in for Mason Papirio and Gio Figueroa — found their rhythm in the fourth.

A Pittsfield fumble recovery on the opposing 32-yard line set up a momentum-swinging drive. After an incompletion and a short run from Sala, Muzzy found Brian Rodriguez along the right sideline for a critical third-down conversion. Sala ran for six- and 10-yard gains, setting up Edwin Rodriguez's one-yard touchdown plunge. He ran in the extra point as well, tying the game at 8.

After a Taconic three-and-out, Sala and Rodriguez continued moving the chains on the ground. Sala's two-yard touchdown capped off an eight-play drive, putting Pittsfield up 14-6 with 3:32 left.

"I'm so proud of our guys," Jezewski said, "We did nothing offensively in the first quarter. We put up a zero for the first time in a couple years. ... We won this game because of the offensive and defensive line. We made an adjustment defensively and we shut them down for the rest of the game."


  Pittsfield 0 0 14 0 8 22
  Taconic 8 0 0 6 6 20

First Quarter

T — Jake Galliher 7 run (Tyrell Council pass from Jake McNeice), 6:41.

Third Quarter

P — Edwin Rodriguez 1 run (Rodriguez run), 9:38.

P — Sam Sala 2 run (run failed), 3:32.

Fourth Quarter

T — Zach Gage 2 pass from McNeice (pass failed), :08.


P — Sala 2 run (Rodriguez pass from Kolbe Muzzy).

T — David MacIntosh 10 pass from McNeice (pass failed).

  P T
First Downs 12 10
Rushes-yards 44-166 37-100
Passing yards 36 176
Comp-att-int 4-12-1 7-14-0
Penalties-yards 2-12 5-50
Fumbles-lost 3-2 4-3


Individual Statistics

Rushing — Pittsfield: Sam Sala 25-130, Kolbe Muzzy 5-(-13), Edwin Rodriguez 13-43, Tyrell Boire 1-6. Taconic: Anthony Whiteley 18-71, Jake Galliher 7-14, Zach Gage 2-11, McNeice 8-3, Cedric Rose 2-1.

Passing — Pittsfield: Muzzy 4-12-36-0-1. Taconic: McNeice 7-14-176-2-0.

Receiving — Pittsfield: Tyrell Boire 3-17, Brian Rodriguez 1-19. Taconic: Devon Walker 5-164, Gage 1-2, David MacIntosh 1-10


Football kicks off...

High school football: Berkshire County teams set to kick off season

By Akeem Glaspie, @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter

Posted:   09/10/2015 11:35:36 PM EDT0 Comments | Updated:   about 13 hours ago


Taconic coach Jim Ziter wants his players to harness the excitement of this rare season-opening city rivalry game. Facing Pittsfield in Week 1 has created an entire offseason of anticipation for the game.

"I want them to have fun," Ziter said. "It's different because Pittsfield is usually our last game. I'm not controlling their emotion, I want them to be up. I want them to play fast, physical and enjoy it."

Jake McNeice will start at quarterback for the Braves, while Kolbe Muzzy will be under center for the Generals.

Muzzy is tasked with running Pittsfield's option attack. Generals coach Brian Jezewski said that Muzzy has the mobility needed to run it well.

The chess game between Pittsfield's linebackers, led by Shane Cronin, and Taconic running back Anthony Whiteley will be an exciting matchup to watch.

Pittsfield High School Football puts a premium on speed

Pittsfield High School football puts a premium on speed

Defending Western Mass. Division V champs lost a lot on defense, but a strong linebacker corps returns

By Akeem Glaspie, @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter

Posted:   09/02/2015 10:50:23 PM EDT0 Comments | Updated:   about 8 hours ago


Brian Jezewski’s Pittsfield High School football team is keeping its focus on speed in the defense this season. Pittsfield is the defending Western
Brian Jezewski's Pittsfield High School football team is keeping its focus on speed in the defense this season. Pittsfield is the defending Western Mass. Division V champion. (Matthew Sprague - The Berkshire Eagle)

PITTSFIELD >> Last football season, the Pittsfield High School defense had the speed to cause havoc up front and erase big plays on the back end.

Despite some graduation losses from last year's Western Massachusetts Division V championship team, the Generals are still putting an emphasis on speed in 2015.

"We want to fly around to the ball defensively and get 11 hats on the ball every opportunity we can," Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said. "We're about 22 deep on defense, so guys can rotate in and we're really happy about that."

Ball-hawking defensive backs Chad Shade and Devon Tucker are gone, as are All-Berkshire selection Josh Bonny and run stuffer Anthony Jones, but all three starting linebackers return. Leading tackler Shane Cronin, also an All-Berkshire selection in 2014, patrols the weak side at linebacker. Austin Houghtaling is in the middle and Parker Blessing will play the strong side.

Cronin uses his speed to make plays in space and in the flat. He said the experience at the second level creates strong chemistry between his fellow linebackers.

"We've been getting a lot of reps since sophomore year," Cronin said. "We have a lot of experience and we know how the game goes and the tempo. It helps having three returning linebackers, because we don't have rely on one guy. We're all there to fill in for each other."

Etienne Brou, Gio Figueroa, Sam Sala and Sam Fick will be the defensive linemen.

Kolbe Muzzy and Tyrell Boire will take on more prominent roles in the secondary. Muzzy enters his fourth year as a varsity player, while Boire saw spot duty last season.

Cronin said the trust between the secondary and the linebackers is growing. He trusts the safeties to help the linebackers with their alignment before the snap, and the linebackers also have confidence knowing they have help patrolling the deepest part of the field.

Jezewski said his secondary may not be able to take as many chances on the ball this season, but putting players in a position to succeed schematically will lead to turnovers.

"Last year, somebody could throw the ball up and the odds are Devon or Chad would pick it off," the coach said. "This year, we've changed some coverage schemes and done some things differently to emphasize our front seven."

Contact Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252.

Back to work, boys Berkshire Eagle Article

Practice Change

August 27, 2015

A Note from Coach J....

The boys are doing great, tomorrow we are going Double Sessions with time changes.

(the boys need to be on the field at 8:50 am)

PRACTICE # 2 3:00PM-5:00 UPPER PADS (the boys need to be on the field at 2:50) 

This is a time change from 3:30 as originally planned

Thank you,

Coach J

Practice Schedule for the week of August 24th- 29th

Practice is as follow for the following week ....

Monday August 24th & Tuesday August 25th & Wenesday August 26th 3pm-5:30pm

 Thursday 27th, & Friday 28th Double sessions  

First session 9am-11:25am

Second session 3:30pm-5:25pm

Saturday August 29th Scrimmage bus leaves PHS at 7:15am sharp



First Scrimmage

August 29, 2015

PHS Scrimmage

Where: Minnechaug Regional High School - 621 Main Street Wilbraham, Ma 01095

Time: Bus leaves PHS @ 7:15am for all players


First Game!!!!

September 12, 2015 – 12:00 PM

First Game!!!

PHS vs Taconic

Where: Taconic High School

Come support our Team and bring your best school spirit!!!



2014 Team Award Winners

Offensive MVP: Devon Tucker

Defensive MVP: Anthony Jones

Team MVP: Chad Shade

General of the Year: Jake Coles

Congratulations to the Award Winners.


Thank You and Best Wishes to Our Graduating Seniors:

L to R: Evan Bossio, Josh Bonney, Anthony Jones, Nick Carnevale, Bridget Lacy, Jake Coles, Basil Billow, Devon Tucker, Chad Shade, Jameson Davis


All Western Mass Division 5 Football Selections

WMass Champion Pittsfield With 6 First Team Selections

Congratulations to the 2014 PHS Generals who were named to the All Western Mass Division 5 Team by MassLive:

First Team Offense:

Chad Shade (QB)

Devon Tucker (RB)

First Team Defense:

Josh Bonney (DE)

Evan Bossio (DB)

Shane Cronin (LB)

Anthony Jones (DE)

Second Team:

Austin Houghtaling (LB)

Jan. 18, 2015 - All Western Mass Division 5 (


2014 PHS Generals Football Banquet

Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 6pm

Italian American Club, 203 Newell Street, Pittsfield


Buffet Dinner Followed by Player Recognition and Individual Awards.

Cost is $15 per person. No charge for Senior players.

Please RSVP to Coach J with guest count and payment by Wednesday January 21, 2015.

Lets Get Together One Last Time and Celebrate the 2014 Season of the Western Mass Division 5 Champions!



Berkshire Eagle Best of Berkshire County Football 2014

Coach Of The Year: Brian Jezewski, PHS

Game Of The Year: PHS vs Hoosac, November 15, WMass Div 5 Championship

Performance Of The Year: Chad Shade, PHS, October 2 vs Lee

Dec. 30, 2014 - Best of the Berkshires 2014 (



Berkshire Courier Central Berkshire Football All-Stars

Congratulations to the 2014 PHS Generals who were named to the Central Berkshire Football All Star Team by the Berkshire Courier:

First Team

Chad Shade (QB/CB - Most Valuable Player)

Devon Tucker (RB/CB)

Anthony Jones (OL/DE)

Shane Cronin (OL/LB)

Second Team

Josh Bonney (DE)

Evan Bossio (WR/S/K)



All Berkshire County Football Selections

Congratulations to the 2014 PHS Generals who were named to the All Berkshire County Team by the coaches of Berkshire County:

Chad Shade (Offensive MVP)

Devon Tucker (Running Back)

Anthony Jones (Offensive Line)

Josh Bonney (Defensive Line)

Shane Cronin (Linebacker)

Dec. 17, 2014 - All Berkshire County Team (




Chad Shade Named to Mass Live WMass Starting Defense

 Dec. 9, 2014 - Western Mass Football Starting 24 (



*** WMass Div 5 Championship Game on TV ***

The Pittsfield vs Hoosac Div 5 Championship Game from November 15, 2014 will be rebroadcast on Pittsfield Community Television (Time Warner Cable channel 17) at the following times:

Sunday, Nov. 23rd at 1:30pm

Monday, Nov. 24th at 7pm

Tuesday, Nov. 25th at 2am & 8am



Pittsfield's Season Ends in Westfield

Northbridge Offense Too Much, Beat Generals 58 - 35 in State Semi Final

Chad Shade (3), Sam Sala and Devon Tucker Score TDs for PHS

Generals Finish Historic 2014 Campaign with 8 - 3 Record 

Media Coverage:

Nov. 22, 2014 - Northbridge Over Pittsfield in State Division 5 Semi Final (

Nov. 22, 2014 - Rams Roll Over Generals (

Nov. 22, 2014 - Proud Pittsfield Fights to the End (

Nov. 22, 2014 - Pittsfield Strives for Sustained Winning (


Game #11 - Massachusetts State Semi Final!

Western Mass Division 5 Champion PHS Generals


Central Mass Division 5 Champion Northbridge Rams

Saturday, November 22nd, 11am at Westfield State University

Winner Advances to Massachusetts State Final at Gillette Stadium 


Nov. 21, 2014 - WMass Division 5 Semi Final Preview (

Nov. 16, 2014 - State Semi Finals Playoff Schedule (



C H A M P I O N S ! ! ! !

Generals Defeat Hoosac 13 - 12 to Win Western Mass Division 5 Title

Pittsfield Drives the Field In Last 2 Minutes to Score Go Ahead TD on Chad Shade's QB Sneak with 15 Seconds Left

Evan Bossio with 52 yard catch and run for Generals First TD

 Media Coverage:

Nov 15, 2014 - Pittsfield Wins WMass Division 5 Title (

Nov 15, 2014 - 5 Things We Learned From Pittsfield's Dramatic Win Over Hoosac (

Nov 15, 2014 - Pittsfield Two Minute Drill Wins WMass Div 5 Title (

Nov 15, 2014 - Last Minute Drive Lifts Pittsfield Over Hoosac (

                  Game Winner !!!!

         PHS Generals 2014 Western Mass Division 5 Champions


Game #10 - Western Mass Division 5 Championship!

PHS Generals vs Hoosac Valley Hurricanes

Saturday, November 15th, 12pm at Hoosac Valley Regional High School in Cheshire

Winner Advances to Massachusetts State Semi Final

Nov 14, 2014 - Pittsfield Football Has Run Its Way To Success (

Nov 13, 2014 - Pittsfield Stands in the Way of Hoosac (

Nov 9, 2014 - Western Mass Football Playoff Schedule Round 2 (



*** JV Game Today ***

Monday November 10, 2014 at 3pm vs McCann at McCann Technical High School in North Adams.

JV players will be dismissed from school at 1:50pm




Generals Defeat Easthampton 28 - 12 in WMass Div 5 Semi Final!

Will Play Hoosac for Western Mass Division 5 Title

Defense Solid - Forces 4 Turnovers (3 Fumbles and 1 Interception)

Sam Sala (2), Devon Tucker and Gio Figueroa Score Rushing TDs

Media Coverage:

Nov. 8, 2014 - Three Things We Learned in Pittsfield's Win Over Easthampton (

Nov. 7, 2014 - Pittsfield Beats Easthampton, Moves onto WMass Division 5 Final (

Nov. 7, 2014 - Pittsfield Downs Easthampton, Sets Up All Berkshire Final (

Nov. 7, 2014 - Pittsfield Advances to WMass Division 5 Final (


Game #9 - Western Mass Division 5 Semi Final!

PHS Generals vs Easthampton Eagles

Friday, November 7th, 7pm at Wahconah Park

Winner Advances to Western Mass Division 5 Title Game

Nov 6, 2014 - Berkshires Host Both Division 5 Round 1 Playoff Games (

Nov 2, 2014 - Western Mass Football Playoff Schedule Round 1 (



*** No JV Game Today ***

There will not be a JV game today - Wednesday November 5, 2014

All JV players should report to practice as normal.



Generals End Regular Season with Dramatic 24 - 21 Win at Amherst!

22 Yard Field Goal by Evan Bossio with 7 Seconds Left Completes Come From Behind Victory

Sam Sala Unstoppable in the Second Half and Leads Generals Back from 14 Point Deficit

4th Quarter Fumble Recoveries by Kolbe Muzzy and Parker Blessing Key Rally

PHS Finishes Regular Season 6 - 2 and will be #2 Seed in Division 5 Playoffs

Media Coverage:

Oct. 31, 2014 - Pittsfield Comes From Behind to Beat Amherst (

Oct. 31, 2014 - Sala Running, Bossio FG Lifts Pittsfield Past Amherst (

Oct. 31, 2014 - Pittsfield Rallies to Beat Amherst (



Congratulations to Devon Tucker for being named the iBerkshires Male High School Athlete of the Week!

Oct. 29, 2014 - High School Athletes of the Week (



Game #8 - Trick or Treat!

PHS Generals at Amherst Hurricanes

Friday, October 31st, 7pm at Amherst Regional High School

#1 Seed in the Division 5 Playoffs To Be Decided

Pittsfield 1st in MIAA Power Rankings with 1 regular season game remaining (click here to see all Western Mass MIAA Power Rankings) 




Generals Back in the Win Column with 39 - 23 Victory Over Taconic!

City Championship Trophy Stays at Pittsfield High

QB Chad Shade Leaves Game in 1st Quarter...Sophomore Tyrell Boire Directs Offense to Victory

Devon Tucker has HUGE Game - 350+ Yards Rushing and 5 Touch Downs

Interception by Evan Bossio Blunts Early Taconic Momentum

Generals Now 5 - 2 and Clinch Playoff Spot For First Time This Century!

Media Coverage:

Oct. 24, 2014 - Pittsfield Takes Down Taconic (

Oct. 24, 2014 - Pittsfield Senior Runs for 5 TDs in PHS Win (

Oct. 25, 2014 - Tucker Carries Pittsfield To Win Over Taconic (


JV Generals Complete City Sweep With 22 - 8  Win at Taconic


            Congratulations Seniors!


                                 PHS Generals Class of 2015


Game #7 - Senior Night!

PHS Generals vs Taconic Braves

Friday, October 24th, 8pm at Wahconah Park

City Championship Trophy On The Line.

Pre-Game Ceremony Honoring the Members of the Class of 2015 to Begin at 715pm

JV Game on Monday, October 27th, 4pm at Taconic High School in Pittsfield.


Generals Fight Hard But Lose to Hoosac in OT, 33 - 27.

Can't Hold 27 - 19 Lead in the 4th Quarter.

Hoosac Scores Late TD Plus 2 Point Conversion to Force Overtime.

Chad Shade and Devon Tucker Each Score Twice for Generals

PHS Falls to 4 - 2 on the Season. Now #2 in Division 5.

Media Coverage:

Oct. 18, 2014 - TD in OT Gives Hoosac Win Over Pittsfield (

Oct. 18, 2014 - QB Leads Hoosac to OT Win Against Pittsfield (

Oct. 18, 2014 - Hoosac Beats Pittsfield in Overtime ( 


JV Generals play Tight Game With Hoosac JVs, Ends in 12 - 12 Tie. 


Game #6

PHS Generals vs Hoosac Valley Hurricanes

Friday, October 17th, 7pm at Wahconah Park

WMass Division 5 Top Seed Up For Grabs.

JV Game on Monday, October 20th, 4pm at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire.

Media Coverage:

Oct. 16, 2014 - Pittsfield, Hoosac Clash in Division 5  Battle (


Generals Lose First Game, 27 - 13 to Wahconah.

Behind 19 - 0 at the Half, Generals Fight Back in the 3rd Quarter to Close Gap to 6 Points at 19 - 13.

Chad Shade and Devon Tucker Each Score Rushing TDs.

4th and Goal Attempt to Tie the Game in 4th Quarter Unsuccessful.

PHS Record Now 4 - 1 on the Season.

Media Coverage:

Oct. 11, 2014 - Wahconah Beats Pittsfield (

Oct. 11, 2014 - Wahconah Hands Pittsfield Its First Loss (

Oct. 11, 2014 - Warriors Remain Unbeaten (

JV Generals fall to Wahconah JVs 26 - 18 in Columbus Day Matinee.


Game #5

PHS Generals at Wahconah Warriors

Friday, October 10th, 7pm at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton

JV Game on Monday, October 13th, 11am at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield.


Total Team Effort as Generals Beat Lee 38 - 16 on Thursday Night at Wahconah Park.

Chad Shade Runs for 2 and Throws for 2 TDs.

Devon Tucker Scores Twice Including 81 Yard Kick Off Return.

Jack Cooney and Mason Papirio Catch TD Passes.

Defense Strong Once Again.

Generals Start Season 4 - 0 For First Time This Century.

 Media Coverage:

Oct. 3, 2014 - Shade, Tucker Too Much For Lee (

Oct. 3, 2014 - Pittsfield Takes Care of Business in Win Over Lee (

Oct. 2, 2014 - Shade, Tucker Provide the Heroics in Pittsfield Win (


JV Generals on Short End at Lee, 16 - 12



Thursday Night Football !!

Game #4: PHS Generals vs Lee Wildcats

Thursday, October 2nd, 7pm at Wahconah Park.

Come support the team and bring your family and friends!!!

JV Game on Monday, October 6th, 4pm at Lee High School. 


*** JV Game Cancelled ***

The JV game vs Greylock on Monday September 29th, 2014 has been cancelled. Greylock does not have enough players.


Defense Dominant as PHS Blanks Greylock 30 - 0.

Chad Shade, Devon Tucker (2) and Jack Cooney Find the End Zone.

Generals Record Now 3 - 0.

 Media Coverage:

Sep. 27, 2014 - Pittsfield Shuts Out Mount Greylock (

Sep. 27, 2014 - Pittsfield Defeats Mount Greylock (

Sep. 28, 2014 - Pittsfield Football Wins Big at Mount Greylock (


Game #3

PHS Generals at Mount Greylock Mounties

SATURDAY, September 27th, 7pm at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown

JV Game on Monday, September 29th, 4pm at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield.


PHS Improves to 2 - 0 After Wild 43 - 42 Win at Chicopee Comp.

Chad Shade has HUGE game with 4 TDs and 2 INTs.

Devon Tucker scores 2 TDs and has INT.

Generals Score late in 4th to take the lead and then stop Comp's 2 point conversion attempt with 1 minute left.

Media Coverage:

Sep. 19, 2014 - Shade Leads Pittsfield over Chicopee Comp (

Sep. 19, 2014 - Pittsfield Earns Wild Win (


JV Generals fall short, lose  34 - 28 to Comp JVs at Reid


*** Time Change ***

The JV game on Saturday will start at 12 noon at Reid Middle School.


9/15/2014 - JV Generals Win Big at Lee!


Game #2

PHS Generals at Chicopee Comp Colts

Friday, September 19th, 7pm at Chicopee Comp High School.

Take 90 East to Exit 5.

JV Game on Saturday, September 20th, 1:30pm at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield.


No Game this Friday, September 12, 2014 (it's our BYE week)

but there is a Scrimmage vs. Drury/STJ at PHS.

The Drury team is expected to arrive around 4pm and the scrimmage will begin by 4:30pm.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Generals Win Season Opener 18 - 14 Over Monument in Hard Fought Game.

Chad Shade Pic 6 makes the difference.

Gio Figueroa and Mason Papirio catch TD passes.

Kolbe Muzzy late fumble recovery seals the deal.

Media Coverage:

Sep. 6, 2014 - QB Shade Leads Pittsfield Past Monument (

Sep. 6, 2014 - Generals Hold On for Win (

Sep. 6, 2014 - Pittsfield Holds On to Beat Monument (


JV Generals win first game 24 - 14 at Monument.


The 2014 PHS Generals Football Program is Now Available !

The book is 56 full color high quality pages containing over 30 pictures of the team, players by class, coaches, captains, and game action. Also included is the 2014 roster, Varsity and JV schedules, a message from Coach J, Western Mass High School Football Division Alignments and more. And of course many ads from our team’s generous sponsors.

The cost is only $5 and the book can be purchased at our home games or contact Bob Bossio.

Supply is limited so don’t wait!


R U Ready For Some Football?!

Season Opener: PHS Generals vs Monument Mountain Spartans

Friday, September 5th, 7pm at Wahconah Park.

Come support the team and bring your family and friends.

JV Game on Monday, September 8th, 4:30pm at Monument Mountain Regional High School.




 2014 Pittsfield High School Generals Football Team (August 2014)


2014 Season Kickoff:

Welcome Letter from Coach J  (click to view letter)  

July Activity Calendar  (click to view July)

August Activity Calendar  (click to view August)  


National Anthem on October 26, 2013 - Pittsfield vs. Taconic