South Hadley vs Holyoke

18 05 2014

The South Hadley Tigers (4-4, 3-2) improved to .500 after knocking off Holyoke (2-8, 1-6) 46-28 by outscoring the Purple Knights 19-6 in the second half.

T.J. Fitzell led the way for the Tigers.  He churned up 155 yards on 15 carries and had 4 rushing touchdowns.  He also had two catches for 13 yards and another score.

The game was close at halftime 27-22, but South Hadley’s defense locked down Holyoke’s offense and Fitzell led a rushing attack that gained 312 yards, 22 first downs, and ate up the clock.

With 6:48 left in the third quarter, Fitzell scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game from five yards out to give South Hadley a 33-22 lead.  Fitzell also caught a fourth quarter six yard touchdown pass from quarterback P.J. Sears to make it 39-22 with 5:24 to go.

Holyoke’s comeback attempts were dashed with 3:17 left in the game, when Andrew Peltier’s pass was picked off by Ryan Kleszczynski, who returned the pick 6 yards to pay dirt.

Peltier had a rough night against a Tiger defense that sacked him three times and held him to 15-42 passing.  His receivers didn’t help, dropping multiple passes that were routine catches.  Peltier finished with 166 yards, one touchdown pass to Isaac Badillo, and the one pick.  He also rushed for 28 yards on three carries.

Kristian Arturet was the standout for Holyoke in this game.  He racked up 122 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 10 carries and also had one five yard catch.

Holyoke scored first when Arturet found the end zone from six yards out.  He added a 67 yard scamper later in the half.

South Hadley secured the half time lead on a three yard run by Sears and by riding Fitzell touchdown runs of 45 and 14 yards, with a 1 yard run added in with just five seconds left before halftime.





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