Putnam vs Chicopee Comp

18 05 2014

SPRINGFIELD- The Putnam Beavers (3-6, 1-6) defeated the Chicopee Comp Colts (1-8, 1-4) 34-6 after scoring the first 26 points of the game, but the victory was marred by an injury that brought the game to a standstill.

With 2:45 to play in the first quarter and Putnam holding a 6-0 lead, Chicopee Comp’s Zachary Faye took a big hit while trying to cover a punt. Faye remained motionless on the field for several minutes an ambulance had to be called. Before paramedics immobilized him and transported off the field on a stretcher, Faye did show movement in his extremities and both teams gathered around him as he was slowly wheeled off to the ambulance with what appeared to a neck injury.

Faye was not the only player injured. Putnam’s Milton Crawford, who had 91 rushing yards on eight carries, limped off with under 7 minutes to go in the second quarter and did not return. Comp also had multiple players get shaken up over the course of the night as the cold weather and hard ground amplified hard hits.

After the injury to Faye, Putnam took control of a Colts team and imposed their will on the ground. They rushed for 209 yards and pushed Chicopee around all night. Jaleel Kyles led the effort with 100 yards on 20 carries and also caught 4 passes for 45 yards.

The Beavers’ also received a great game from quarterback Josh Ortiz. Ortiz completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Putnam also was fueled by four forced turnovers, including three interceptions off of Chicopee Comp quarterback Sean Buxton, who was 7-22 for 85 yards with the three picks.

The Colts’ lone touchdown came on the defensive side of the ball. Jaden Roballosa took the ball out of the hands of Ortiz, as he was trying to escape a sack, and scampered 33 yards to the end zone.

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