It was a night of thrilling finishes, upsets, and record-setting performances in Week 5 of Friday Football Fever. It was an important week in the AA Conference, highlighted by a match-up between the two teams on top of the standings, Central and Minnechaug.
The Golden Eagles came out hot in front of a packed crowd at Falcon Field, building a 21-0 halftime lead. But, the Falcons came out determined in the second half. Sam Christman started things off with an interception of Central quarterback Tank Walker. That set up a solid drive, capped off by a rushing touchdown from Falcons quarterback Kyle Trombley. Although Central answered with a long touchdown pass from Walker to wide receiver Coreese Everett, Trombley would go on to rush for two more touchdowns, putting the Falcons within 5 with just two minutes to play.
Central tried to burn the clock on the ensuing drive, but then came a game-changing play from Minnechaug's defense. Walker fumbled a shotgun snap in the backfield, forcing him to scoop it up. But when he was hit by Falcon defenders, the ball came loose again, was scooped up by Dan Naumec, who brought it all the way for the score. After a missed two-point conversion, the Minnechaug comeback had put them up by one point. But Central wasn't done.
A strong kick-off return by running back Tyreque Estrada-Crapps set up a drive that put Central in the red zone with less than 30 seconds to play. Forced to make a play on third down, Walker decided to take it himself and weaved through the Falcons defense, and took it in for the game-winning score. Central survives, 34-29.
Meanwhile in Longmeadow, the Lancers were trying to keep pace while taking on the West Springfield Terriers. Max Stukalin started things off for Longmeadow with a touchdown run, but that's when West Springfield quarterback Anthony Costa took over. He ran for three scores and threw for two more to lead the Terriers to an upset win, 34-29.
In Holyoke, quarterback Andrew Peltier crossed the 5,000-yard career passing mark, a school record, during a dominant performance in a convincing 42-13 win. Watch all the highlights and recaps in the video above, where you can also find scores from across the region.