Week 7 Football: High-powered West Springfield takes down Northampton, 45-6

Northampton’s Sincere Martinez (9) returns a punt against Amherst in the first quarter earlier this season. Martinez scored a touchdown for the Blue Devils in Friday’s loss to West Side.

Northampton’s Sincere Martinez (9) returns a punt against Amherst in the first quarter earlier this season. Martinez scored a touchdown for the Blue Devils in Friday’s loss to West Side. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

By MIKE MORAN

For the Gazette

Published: 10-20-2023 11:09 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Undefeated West Springfield and Mother Nature were too much for the Northampton football team.

Quarterback Nathan Stone was almost perfect in one half of action, completing 14-of-17 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns as the Terriers beat the Blue Devils, 45-6, at a wet and rainy David Wright Field, Friday night.

West Springfield (6-0, 4-0 Suburban South) moved into sole possession of first place in the league following Amherst’s loss to Agawam. The Terriers and Hurricanes (6-1, 3-1) play next week.

Northampton (0-6, 0-4) plays at Wahconah (4-3, 2-2).

“At Wahconah is a different atmosphere,” Northampton coach Joe Kocot said.

The Blue Devils were without starting senior quarterback Marty Maslowski, who missed the game with an injury. Sophomore Jasias Cesar Flores started his first career game.

The wet conditions made the center-quarterback exchange a challenge for Flores. Northampton had seven fumbled snaps, one of which came inside Northampton’s 5-yard line. Flores prevented a West Springfield touchdown in the second quarter when he fell on the bad snap for a safety.

“He saved the touchdown by diving on the free ball, so you have to school him up a little bit,” Kocot said. “That’s a negative play, but it wasn’t your negative play.”

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Flores directed his first scoring drive in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils recovered a fumble at West Side’s 45 and returned it to the 25. Six plays later, Flores was under pressure from three lineman when he found Sincere Martinez over the middle on a screen for a 15-yard touchdown with less than 8 minutes remaining in the game.

“Good call,” Kocot said of offensive coordinator Rick Rogalski’s play. “They’re down 45-0 and they are still firing shots. Good for them.”

Flores finished 7-of-11 for 43 yards and one interception. Flores was one of many underclassmen who saw the field for the Blue Devils.

“When they are that young and haven’t experienced this type of hitting, or level of being in shape when you’re playing a varsity game, and some of them are going both ways, there’s a lot of factors,” Kocot said of the inexperience. “There’s a very good old saying, ‘Winning is easy.’”

Stone was the difference. He opened the game with a 27-yard dart to Jonathan Gingeruha, the first of five passes of 25 yards or more. Stone had three passes over 33-yards or more. He had touchdown strikes of 5, 39, 5, 33 and 5 yards.