Putnam vs East Longmeadow

18 05 2014

SPRINGFIELD- East Longmeadow overcame an early deficit to secure their 4th win of the season on the road on the legs of sophomore running back Michael Maggipinto as they beat the Putnam Beavers 40-34.

East Longmeadow (4-1, 2-0) received 259 yards and 5 touchdowns from Maggipinto as he carried the ball 20 times.

Quarterback Devon Kennedy chipped in with key completions to move the chains. Kennedy finished 13-18 for 108 yards and an interception.

Putnam (1-4, 0-4) held a 26-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter after Wesley Humphries hauled in his second touchdown pass of the game from 33 yards out.

East Longmeadow responded on the next drive. After converting a fourth down conversion on a 12 yard run by Maggipinto, he scored on an 8 yard touchdown run two plays later to give the Spartans their first lead 27-26 with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter. East Longmeadow added two more Maggipinto touchdowns and had 20 unanswered points in the second half.

Putnam got a strong performance from running back Jaleel Kyles. He had 159 yards rushing on 26 carries and had a touchdown.

Quarterback Joshua Ortiz finished 8-16 for 168 yards and four touchdowns on the night. He also had 18 rushing yards on three carries.

Putnam jumped out to a 20-7 lead during the first 20 minutes of the first half. Ortiz hit long touchdowns of 56 yards to Kym Domino and 37 yards to Wesley Humphries.

Kyles also added in a 12 yard touchdown scamper and had 101 yards rushing in the first half. He had 101 yards rushing in the first half.

However, Putnam only completed one of the three two-point conversions and East Longmeadow was able to make it a one possession game before halftime. With 0:49 seconds left in the second quarter, senior captain Tanner Fazzino got around the left side of the Beaver defense on 4th and 5 for a 26 yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-14.

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