Belchertown vs Pathfinder Thanksgiving Day Showdown (Plus preview!)

18 05 2014

This is the Thanksgiving Day game story between the rivals Belchertown and Pathfinder.  The game preview I did is linked with the story after!


PALMER- The Pathfinder Pioneers rode the legs of Mike Krzynowek and a stout pass defense that shut down the Orioles offense in the Pioneers’ 30-6 win on Thanksgiving.

The win is Pathfinder’s (6-5, 4-4) second in a row against the Orioles in the annual rivalry game, thanks in a large put to their defense.

“I like the way we won it,” said Pathfinder Coach Chris Pope. “The key to the game was putting pressure on Leduc and the coverage did well.”

Mike Krzynowek earned MVP honors for Pathfinder after putting up 141 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He also had an interception.

Belchertown took an early 6-0 lead on a 20 yard run by quarterback Nick Leduc with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, but the Pioneer’s didn’t let their confidence falter.

“We will win this game,” Krzynowek said of the Pathfinder mindset after the Orioles touchdown. “We took that motivation and ran with it.”

Krzynowek had touchdown runs of 2 and 9 yards while teammates Shane Neto and Adam Nevue added touchdown runs of 7 and 22 yards respectively.

Pathfinder held Belchertown (3-8, 2-5) scoreless for the rest of the game, including a goal line stand on fourth and goal from the one in the fourth quarter, which ended the Oriole’s comeback hopes.

Belchertown struggled to get into a rhythm. The passing game only accumulated 56 yards as Leduc struggled to find completions against a smothering pioneer pass rush and a gusty wind. He finished 5 of 18 with two interceptions.

Belchertown’s Jake Bradway, the leading receiver in Western Mass., was held to just 20 yards on 3 catches and was constantly double or triple teamed on deep routes.

Junior center James Kusnierz Jr. was awarded MVP honors for Belchertown after playing the entire second half on a clearly injured leg.

“Jim is our leader upfront,” said Belchertown Coach Chris Bourget. “He’s been our MVP all season. He’s had a great season and a great game [today].”

Despite the loss, Coach Bourget is looking forward to the Orioles’ future.

“It was a good season. We had a young team, got better each week, won two of the last four games, and there were big steps taken by the young players.”




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