Week 6 was a pivotal one for many teams in Western Mass., some trying to hold on to first place, while several others hoping to keep pace. As we head into the home stretch of the regular season, it was do or die for several teams.
In the AA Conference, Holyoke and West Springfield were hoping to break their third-place tie amid the crowded standings. The Terriers coming off an impressive win over Longmeadow, while Holyoke and quarterback Andrew Peltier were building off the momentum of his record-setting performance last week. Peltier helped the Purple Knights stay hot, accounting for five total touchdowns, including one on a pivotal two-minute drill to end the first half. In the end, he fueled a 42-22 win, taking sole possession of third place.
Minnechaug, meanwhile, fought off the East Longmeadow Spartans in a messy game full of turnovers and blunders. But the Falcons defense was the difference-maker in the end, containing running back Mike Maggipinto, who failed to score a touchdown in Minnechaug's 42-20 victory. They're right on Central's heels, after the Golden Eagles staved off Putnam with a narrow 7-6 win in an early start in Springfield.
And that left Longmeadow, which was able to ride the back of Max Rye to a win over still-winless Westfield.
In the Suburban Conference, Agawam proved they're a tough team to stop, as they rolled over South Hadley 35-0. The Brownies used the ground attack to control the game, most notably Nick Scuderi, who rushed 13 times for 131 yards and two scores.
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