Canton offense breaks through, downs Enfield

ENFIELD — The Canton Warriors are technically still alive for a playoff spot, currently sitting No. 10 in Class S, two spots out of the eight team field. But the team would need nothing short of a miracle to get them in the post season.

However, when the team took the field against Enfield Thursday night, it didn’t appear to matter. Not one bit, as the Warriors offense lifted the team to win No. 7 in a 36-7 victory.

“I’ll be honest, I think our opportunity passed,” Canton head coach Paul Phillippon said. “They are great kids they want to play. They love the game and they wanted to play, every game is big in football.”

This game was exceptionally big. Not only was the defense immaculate for the Warriors, but the offense also tallied some palpable totals, with Dan Delos leading the way on the ground with 111 yards on 13 carries, including the Warriors fourth touchdown early in the third quarter.

Quarterback Eric Scott also posted impressive numbers, and although he didn’t throw many passes, he powered the offense by distributing the ball, as well as notching 139 yards passing on a 5-for-8 day passing.

“I thought they did a great job against our run game and forced us to get out of what we had planned on,” Phillippon said. “Our hats off to how they played up front, they gave us some fits I was just glad we were able to find out passing game and get some chunks out of that.”

There were two other key contributors on the ground, Terrence Brophy, who compiled 55 yards on 14 carries, and Sebastian Gumbs, who not only ran for 45 yards but alsoc aught four passes for 117 yards.

” They have good weapons,” Enfield head coach Jay Gaucher said. “The quarterback does a good job distributing the ball.”

Canton drew first blood on a long, 10-play drive that ended in a Mike Amoroso touchdown run midway through the first. They added six more on a 33-yard pass to Keith Wilson early in the second, and ten after that when a big 45-yard touchdown pass followed a safety on a Enfield botched snap.

“They are easy kids to coach,” Phillippon said of his potent offense. “Not because they’re great but because they work hard, they stay late, they do everything we ask them to.”

Enfield was able to piece together some offense late in the second, with a nine play drive that reached a climax when Jason Davis scampered for three yards. The Raiders trailed 22-7 at the half.

“They are physical, they execute well,” Gaucher said of Canton, “and they play assignment football. Our defensive line the early part of the game played well, but our secondary couldn’t cover our shadow today.”

Canton scored two more times in the second half, Delos’ touchdown run at the 9:37 mark, and Gumbs on a 1-yard run that followed a big 28-yard run by Delos.

More impressive than the Canton offensive prowess was its defense, which played perhaps its best game of the year against a typically potent Raiders attack.

“We’ve played well in spurts and we haven’t given up a lot of points,” Phillippon said, “but we have not played disciplined. That was our challenge. This could be our complete defensive game. I am thrilled with how hard they played.”

Enfield did collect a few good offensive stats though, with Davis and backup quarterback Chris Lapointe combining for 177 yards on 39 pass attempts.

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