Turners Falls-Mohawk Regional Combined Football Team (EXTENDED) | Connecting Point | Sept. 17, 2019


IN MASSACHUSETTS FOOTBALL IS THE MOST POPULAR
HIGH SCHOOL SPORT WITH JUST LESS THAN 19,000 STUDENTS PLAYING IN 2018. BUT IN TURNERS FALLS THE HIGH SCHOOL HAS TO
SUSPEND ITS FOOTBALL PROGRAM THIS SEASON DUE TO A LACK OF NUMBERS. MOHAWK TRAIL REGIONAL SCHOOL WAS DAYS AWAY
FROM MAKING THE SAME DECISION WHEN THE TWO SCHOOLS WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME
TOGETHER AND FORM ONE TEAM FOR THE SEASON. CONNECTING POINT’S ROSS LIPPMAN BRINGS US
THIS STORY. RIGHT OVER LEFT, ARE YOU READY? READY! COME ON FILL IN THE LINES NOW LET’S GO.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 *CLAP* “ARE YOU READY TO PLAY FRIDAY?” “YES SIR. STARTING NEXT MONDAY I HAVE DRIVER’S ED.” “OKAY”
“AND THAT’S FROM 2:30-5:30” THIS IS THE FIRST DAY WE’RE ACTUALLY ALL
OFFICIAL. UP UNTILF RIDAY WE DIDN’T KNOW IF WE WERE
GOING TO HAVE A TEAM OR NOT. WE DIDN’T KNOW IF TURNERS WAS GOING TO HAVE
A TEAM OR NOT. IT WAS A GOOD DAY, KIDS WENT NUTS IT WAS A
GOOD DAY “PETE,WHAT WAS THAT? GO TRY TO BLOCK THE KICK. THIS IS LIVE. GO HARD, PETE DO IT NOW SO THAT IN A GAME
YOU WILL DO IT.” SET! GO! “FOOTBALL MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME, I LOVE
GETTING UP IN THE MORNING AND KNOWING THAT AFTER I GET TO GO TO PRACTICE WITH A BUNCH
OF GUYS. I LOVED PLAYING FOR TURNERS BECAUSE FOR THAT
TOWN OVER THERE IT BLEEDS BLUE.” “YEAH WE HAD SOME GREAT SEASONS THERE. YEAH, FRESHMEN YEAR WE WONT WESTERN MASS. JUNIOR YEAR WE WON THE INTER COUNTY-LEAGUE. LOST IN THE FIRST ROUND. KIDS DIDN’T WANT TO COME OUT ANYMORE. WE WERE BEGGING KIDS. LITERALLY BEGGING THEM. AND THEY WERE LIKE, NO.” “I THINK IT STARTED LAST YEAR. WE SAW THAT WE HAD 21 KIDS BETWEEN TWO TEAMS
AS IT WAS AND WE HAD 12 OR 13 SENIORS ON THAT TEAM. WE SORT OF COULD SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL
LAST YEAR THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE LOW IN NUMBERS.” “HI HOW’S IT GOING?” “THE KIDS WERE GREAT. THEY WERE LOOKING TO GO OUT AND RECRUIT THEIR
FRIENDS AND THAT SORT OF THING. WE BASICALLY SAID LISTEN WE CAN GO FORWARD
WITH THIS COOP WITH MOHAWK. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME AS PLAYING
HERE AT TURNERS, IT’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT BUT IT’S GOING TO GIVE YOU THE
OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY.” “SO I WAKE UP AT 6:30 EVERY MORNING. GO TO SCHOOL UNTIL 2:25, RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL
WE GET ON A BUS AND WE DRIVE 30, 40 MINUTES TO AN HOUR TO MOHAWK. WE GET THERE AROUND 3:15-3:30 AND WE RUNT
TO THE LOCKER ROOM. EVERYONE FROM MOHAWK IS ALREADY DOWN HERE
ON THE FIELD PRACTICING.” “WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES ON WHAT? ON THAT PASS? ATTACK. ATTACK.” “AND THEN WE START PRACTICE FROM THERE. “WOO! I JUST PANCAKED YA.”
“AND WE PRACTICE UNTIL ABOUT 5:15, 5:20.” “READY, SET, GO”
“WE RUN BACK UP, GET CHANGED, HOP BACK ON THE BUS, WE DRIVE ALL THE WAY BACK TO TURNERS
FALLS HIGH SCHOOL. AND I GET HOME WITH MY BROTHER AROUND 7:40.” “I AM GOING TO MISS THIS FIELD THOUGH. THIS FIELD WAS AWESOME. THERE WAS A LOT OF MEMORIES ON THIS FIELD. BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN PLAYING ON THIS FIELD
SINCE 6TH GRADE. SO IT STARTED AT BULLDOGS, ME AND JADEN PLAYED
HERE, WHAT WAS IT, 9 YEARS AGO?” “YEAH.” “IF WE HAD A TEAM BACK HERE AT TURNERS,
IT WOULD BE- IT WOULD FILL UP A HOLE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THERE IS A HOLE IN THE TOWN. BECAUSE THERE’S NO FOOTBALL.” “SO IT’S TEAM RULES, SO I’LL BE SITTING
OUT ON FRIDAY FOR TEAM RULES. BUT I’LL BE BACK FOR WEEK 2. IT’S SAD BECAUSE YOU CAN’T REP WITH THE
FIRST TEAM. SO WHAT I DO IS I PUSH THESE GUYS SO THEY
CAN BE BETTER FOR THE GAME.” “WE’RE ALSO PLAYING TECH WHICH IS A BIG
RIVAL.” “YEAH IT’S GOING TO BE WEIRD SEEING EVERYONE
OUT THERE AND THAT’S MY LAST TIME I’M EVER GOING TO PLAY TECH AND I CAN’T BE A
PART OF THAT BUT CHEERING THEM ON IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING FOR US.” “LADIES AND GENTLEMAN WELCOME TO POLLARD
FIELD HERE AT MOHAWK TRAIL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR THIS AFTERNOON’S GAME BETWEEN THE FRANKLIN
COUNTY TECH EAGLES AND YOUR VERY OWN MOHAWK TRAIL WARRIORS.” “BOYS WE WORKED SO HARD TO GET HERE, UNLUCKY
FOR US WE GOT A GUY OUT TODAY, BUT I SAY WE DO THIS FOR HIM. OKAY? NOW WE’RE NOT TURNERS AND MOHAWK, ALRIGHT? WE’RE UNDER THE MOHAWK NAME BUT WE’RE
ALL ONE. SO LETS GET THIS ALRIGHT? FAMILY ON 3”
“1-2-3 FAMILY!” “HEY KNOCK THE BALL DOWN IF IT’S DEEP. KNOCK IT DOWN!” “WE GOT THIS, WE GOT THIS! WE’RE GOOD. HEY, WE’RE GOOD!” “HEY, WIN ON 3. 1-2-3 WIN!”
“IS THAT THEIR LAST TIMEOUT? HEY LETS GO GUYS HOLD IT! HOLD IT! 33 SECONDS!” “LEARN HOW TO WIN RIGHT NOW, OKAY? WE’RE GOING TO TAKE 2 KNEES AND WIN THIS
GAME. LEARN HOW TO WIN OKAY?” “I GOT ONE WORD, HEY!” “HEY!!!!” “LISTEN I AM SO FREAKIN PROUD OF YOU GUYS,
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. WARRIORS ON 3. 1-2-3 WARRIORS!” “YO THAT WAS A GOOD GAME!”

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