SPRINGFIELD – For the Pittsfield High football team, it was mission accomplished.
“After being off last week, with things out of our control, we really preached getting back to basics and fundamentals,” Pittsfield coach Brian Jezewski said after the Generals sent Putnam 58- 8 at Berti Field Friday night. The Generals saw their game last Friday with Westfield postponed due to COVID-19 issues within Pittsfield. “I think our guys up front did a hell of a job.”
“Last week we only trained on Monday,” Pittsfield quarterback and safety Patrick Rindfuss said. “The rest of the week we couldn’t practice which was unfortunate. We returned last Monday, and it was really good to go back.
The Generals led 52-0 at halftime and scored once in the second half with a stopwatch. Rindfuss, who only played in the first half, totaled 343 of Pittsfield’s 426 yards on total offense in the first half. The slim quarterback carried the ball 12 times for 216 yards and completed 3 of 6 passes for 127 yards. He scored four rushing touchdowns, on carries of 1, 5, 60 and 54 yards. He threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Lou Rhodes. And for good measure, Rindfuss intercepted a pass from Putnam quarterback Jaylon Devane, one of two QBs used by the Beavers in the game.
No coach thinks their team is playing a perfect game. Jezewski said the defense didn’t attack as well as they could. Putnam sophomore Jaddan Williams, who ran for 37 yards in seven carries, had a few big winners, including a 16-yard one where he broke several tackles.
“Defensively it really showed that we haven’t played in about a week,” said the Pittsfield coach. “Our fundamentals were bad. We did not approach well. We’re going to clean this up and get back to basics on Monday.
Pittsfield had six possessions in the first half, and each of them was capped with a touchdown.
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Putnam won the toss and chose to receive, picking up a fire cracker kick from Pittsfield on the Generals 48-yard line. The Beavers went quickly to three and away, repelling the ball. The Generals started the No. 1 drive on their 24-yard line.
On the first try, Rindfuss took the shotgun and climbed in the middle for 17 yards and a first try. Not even a detention penalty against Pittsfield could slow the generals down. The big play of the practice was a 31-yard pass from Rindfuss to Brayden Bunnell that saw the Generals score the first and the goal on Putnam 9. Rindfuss had plenty of time in the world and threw a high pass that Bunnell performed under. Two games later, Rindfuss scored in a one-yard run. Damario Powell made the conversion, and it was 8-0.
“It’s always nice to go through a hole the size of a truck,” said Rindfuss. “Our line, they work really hard every day in training and in the offseason in the weight room. They open huge holes. They repel defenders and make my job easier.
Another firecracker kick gave the ball to Putnam on the Beaver 40. On the first try, Williams broke the middle and then cut out for a gain of 23 yards. All of a sudden the Beavers were in business.
Not so fast, because while Putnam got another first down on the record, the Beavers were stopped fourth at Pittsfield 31, when Adrean Martinez’s pass to Isaac Anaya was incomplete.
Pittsfield’s next scoring practice took exactly 13 seconds, which is the time it took Lou Rhodes to catch a pass from Rindfuss, beat defensive back Dwight Payton and win 69 yards to the House. Powell’s second run for PAT gave the Generals a 16-0 lead.
As Pittsfield dominated the lines of scrimmage and pushed the Beavers at will, the second big moment of the first half came in defense.
Putnam faced the third and 10 of his 48. Martinez threw a pair of incompleteness. The third pass was intended for Anaya, but it was thrown inside the receiver, where Keanu Arce-Jackson caught the ball. The Pittsfield defensive back, who went on to play as a quarterback in the third quarter, ran 50 yards for his first-ever defensive touchdown and first varsity touchdown.
“I just read the game and attacked him,” said Arce-Jackson, adding that his eyes widened when the ball came towards him.
“That was the best man,” he said, when asked what he thought of the 50 yards of grass wide open in front of him. “I took it and ran as fast as I could in the end zone.”
Pittsfield 22 30 6 0 – 58
Putnam 0 0 0 8 – 8
PHS – Patrick Rindfuss 1 race (Damario Powell race), 7:23.
PHS – Lou Rhodes 69 pass from Rindfuss (Powell race), 4:51.
PHS – Rindfuss 5 run, 1:10.
PHS – Rindfuss 60 run, 9:16 a.m.
PHS – Rindfuss 54 run (Jonathan Mestre run), 5:43.
PHS – Interception return from Keanu Arce-Jackson 50 (Mestre race), 5:22.
PHS – Mestre 6 run (Powell run), 2:42.
PHS – Georgios Zamakis 6 run, 2:10.
Put – Jerome Jackson 17 run (Jaylon Devane run), 6:41.
First stockings 15 7
Strokes / yards 30-340 14-58
Passing yards 127 55
Comp-Att-Int 3-6-0 7-21-2
Punts / Avg. 0-0 2-32.0
Penalties / yards 7-70 3-25
Fumbles / Lost 1-0 3-1
RUSHING – Putnam: Adrean Martinez 2-5, Jaddan Williams 7-37, Jaylon Devane 2-0, Dakoda Bradshaw 1- (under-11), Jerome Jackson 2-27. Pittsfield: Patrick Rindfuss 12-216, Damario Powell 1-10, Jonathan Mestre 7-47, Georgios Zamakis 6-50, Keanu Arce-Jackson 1-14, Elliot Trainor 2- (minus-8), Kiernan Conway 1-3.
PASSAGES – Putnam: Martinez 4-16-1 28, Devane 3-5-1 27. Pittsfield: Rindfuss 3-6-0 127.
RECEPTION – Putnam: Isaac Anaya 2-15, Alex Oyola 1-5, Williams 3-21, Jesus Diaz 1-14. Pittsfield: Brayden Bunnell 1-31, Lou Rhodes 1-69, Aidan Kennedy-Mutz 1-27.