Lions football eliminated from play-offs


Ben Taylor, Staff Writer

With only two games left and a 2-5 record, the Ludlow Lions football team has been eliminated from this year’s play-offs.

“I am disappointed with how we played this year. I had higher expectations for this team, and we’re going to take it one step at a time,” said Coach Gary Casey.

Their first game of the season they played Cathedral and the Lions came out with a win, beating Cathedral 8 to 6.

One of Ludlow’s biggest defeats was when they lost Oct. 11 to Greenfield high school 42 to 0.

“We did not play good during the Greenfield game, but we don’t make excuses. We had both bad defense and offense,” said Casey.

The Lions lost against Mahar Regional high school 34 to 20 on Saturday, Oct. 5.  During the game Ludlow had an early lead 8 to 6.

Well into the game, the score was 26 to 20 then the Senators took over by scoring another touchdown, and getting the two-point conversion which made it the winning score 34 to 20.

On Sep. 27, Ludlow lost to the Athol Red Raiders 22 to 6. The only touchdown for the Lions was scored by number 23 Brian Pacheco.

They lost to Frontier Regional high school 12 to 6. They also lost to Turners Falls 36 to 20.

Losing the last five games the team is not happy with how they have been playing.

“Our execution needs to get better,”  said Casey. “It’s a group effort between the team and the coaches.”

The Lions mauled rival Belchertown 46 to 6 on senior night.

“It was the best game we played all year,”  said senior Terrance Beusee.  “In the game we were unstoppable. Nobody, not even us, thought that we would win by that much.”

They only have two more games left in their season against Easthampton and Palmer.

The Lions will travel to Easthampton on Saturday Nov. 2 for a 1:30 game.