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.