Drury football team blanked by Belchertown
Belchertown (1-4, 1-3 Intercounty South) has just one senior on its team, tight end Ryan French, and he missed last year with a knee injury. The Blue Devils (0-5, 0-3) have five seniors, but they have nearly double that amount in eighth and ninth graders. The Orioles are young, but it's clear they're a couple steps ahead of Drury in rebuilding their program.
Both teams stared slowly. Drury had three-and-outs on its first two drives. A personal foul doomed Belchertown's first drive. When the visitors got the ball back the second time, they seemed to find their rhythm and were off to the races.
Callaghan Daskam started the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run off a counter play. After another Drury three-and-out, Daskam found the end zone again, this time off a 50-yard pass from John Flink, putting Belchertown up 14-0 with 3 minutes and 35 seconds left in the first quarter.
Drury had more success on its next drive, getting a first-down pass from Obilio Rodriguez to Payton Barnes and a first-down run from Dante Woodson. The positive plays moved the ball to the Belchertown 42, but the drive stalled, forcing a punt. One play later, Flink hit French for a 60-yard touchdown.
"We're rebuilding," Belchertown coach Edward Wyzik said. "These kids never saw the field last year. For us to get the win and actually come together — they're getting better and better every week. This was a tough for both of us. We're both kind of down, we're both 0-4, but they picked it up and had a good game today."
Wyzik added that the long passes came from working hard on routes during practice. For Drury, Rodriguez could not get any long completions, because he rarely had time to throw. The junior couldn't take a straight dropback without feeling pressure, and when they moved the pocket on rollouts, the rush would still get home, forcing errant throws or big hits from defenders. Barnes served as a valuable safety blanket when Rodriguez got time. He made three catches for 16 yards. Woodson also ran tough when given space. He had 14 yards on 49 carries, including a 29-yard run in the second quarter.
Belchertown kept firing away in the second half. Flink capped a six-play drive (all runs) with a three-yard score to start the third. After a Drury turnover, Bradley Lovett added another touchdown with a 25-yard run with 6:05 left in the quarter.
Drury got into Belchertown territory just once in its last four possessions.
For first-year coach Al Marceau, he wants his team to forgot about the numbers on the scoreboard and use this season as a life lesson.
"The losing doesn't bother me," he said. "I think it wears on them, but they're starting to accept that they're not good at everything. Just because we're losing football games doesn't mean we're crap. It's bigger than that."
Belchertown 14 7 14 7 — 42
Drury 0 0 0 0 — 0
B — Callaghan Daskam 48 run (Hunter Klingensmith kick), 5:41.
B — Daskam 48 pass from John Flink (Klingensmith kick), 3:35.
B — Ryan French 60 pass from Flink (Klingensmith kick), 9:24.
B — Flink 3 run (Klingensmith kick), 8:03.
B — Bradley Lovett 25 run (Klingensmith kick), 6:05.
B — Brady Chaban 3 run (Klingensmith kick), 4:07.
Rushes-yards 28-225 29-55
Att-comp-int 7-11-0 6-12-0
Passing yards 219 34
Penalties-yards 9-100 5-40
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
RUSHING — Belchertown: Joey Douillard 2-8, Bradley Lovett 9-58, Callaghan Daskam 2-53, Dennis Denehy 7-64, John Flink 5-23, Brady Chaban 2-18, Chris Merullo 1-1. Drury: Dante Woodson 14-49, Obilio Rodriguez 7-(minus 20), Frankie Cooper 8-26.
PASSING — Belchertown: Cameron Otto 1-3-0 27, Flink 7-11-0 192. Drury: Rodriguez 6-12-0 34.
RECEIVING — Belchertown: Daskam 1-50, Ryan French 2-88, Hunter Klingensmith 1-10, Lovett 2-57, Dillon Sousa 1-14.
Reach sports writer Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252 or @TheAkeemGlaspie.
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