Athol Dominates Second Half, Tops Mahar 26-16 in Week 7 Football

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Athol Dominates Second Half, Tops Mahar 26-16 in Week 7 Football

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The Athol football team had eagerly anticipated their showdown with Mahar for nearly a year. After two losses to their rivals last fall, Athol was determined to avenge those defeats. The Bears led 14-10 at halftime, but Aidan Melanson’s two touchdown passes in the second half secured a 26-16 Intercounty League North victory for Athol on a rainy night at the Woodward Complex.

Bears coach Josh Talbot commented on the significance of the win, considering their losses to Mahar the previous year. They made crucial adjustments at halftime to turn the game around. Despite a late push from the Senators, Athol managed to maintain their lead, recovering an onside kick to secure the victory.

Mahar coach Percy Eady acknowledged the positives for his young team despite the loss, emphasizing the strong run game and their ability to respond to adversity. The game started with Athol taking an early lead due to a turnover, while Mahar answered with a field goal after a strong offensive drive. Another turnover allowed Mahar to take the lead, but Athol quickly responded with a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Both teams had their chances in the third quarter, but the game’s turning point came in the fourth when Melanson connected with Raydin Sousa for a long touchdown, extending Athol’s lead. Sawyer Lefsyk’s impressive rushing performance set up another Athol touchdown.

The game ended with Athol securing the victory, setting the stage for a rematch on Thanksgiving Day. Both teams showed promise, and the upcoming rematch promises an exciting and historic matchup.

Before the rematch, Athol will face Greenfield, while Franklin Tech will play against Mahar to conclude their regular seasons next Friday.

Reference

https://www.atholdailynews.com/Week-7-Football-Athol-takes-over-in-the-second-half-to-defeat-Mahar-26-16-52735934

https://www.espn.in/nfl/story/_/id/38697789/nfl-week-7-picks-schedule-fantasy-football-odds-injuries-stats-2023

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