Late score pushes Chargers past Bulldogs, 14-8UpdatedSaturday May 30, 2020 byKristopher Ireland.
Pittsfield, MA – The game was tied 8-8 late in the game when Cooper Bunce threw a perfect receiver screen to Michael Paris who took it 40 yards for the go ahead score. Johnny Ireland landed a key block to spring Paris for the score.
Southern Berkshire’s defense was outstanding all day and only blemish was a long TD on a halfback pass on the Bulldogs 8th play. However, on the ensuing drive, the Chargers scored on a 25-yard TD run by Matteo Buffoni. Vallone was able to convert on the 2-point conversation to tie the game at 8. Buffoni’s score was set up by a Matthew Vallone 25-yard rumble. Kieran Bryant, Mikey Ireland, Harry Morey, and Chase Peyre had key blocks on the drive.
On offense, Bunce ended the day 1-4, 40 yards and a TD while adding 23 yards on 3 carriers. Paris had 1 catch for 40 yards and a TD while adding 20 yards on the ground. Vallone had 32 yards on 4 carries. Buffoni finished the day with 60 yards on 4 carries and Luca Bertini had a nifty 14-yard scamper on his lone carry.
Defensively, Southern Berkshire was led by Vallone who recorded 5 tackles, forced 1 fumble and recovered 4 fumbles. Ireland, Paris, and Bunce had 3 tackles a piece, Ennis Walsh had a big tackle, a forced fumble and a recovery. Logan Burdick had a nice tackle for a loss and Jaheem Dumpsen put pressure on the Bulldogs Quarterback all day.
The Chargers won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, Russell Hyde, Mason Reiners, Julian Swanson, and Noah Inthirath were key contributors on the offensive and defensive lines.
Southern Berkshire will have its home opener on Sunday @ 11:30 against North Adams.