Taylor Hanson rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns while Nic Wojnar was named the Defensive MVP with a game-high 16 tackles and a sack to lead the Beavers past the Warriors in the fourth edition of the Battle of Pleasant Street. The Beavers (10-1) clinched the top seed in the Central Mass. Division 6 playoffs on Tuesday, took advantage of a Hanson fumble recovery in the first quarter and only needed to go 21 yards for their first score. After quarterback Dan Avery completed a 20-yard pass to 6-foot-3, 180 pound receiver Shawn Wilkins, Avery took it in from a yard out on a keeper with 2:17 left in the first quarter. Bailey Leacy kicked his first of three extra points to make it 7-0. Hanson, the Offensive Player of the Game for Valley Tech, scored his first touchdown with 5:06 to go in the first half to cap an impressive 11 play, 84-yard drive. Nipmuc (5-6) cut it to 14-6 in the third quarter when Warriors Offensive Player of the Game Derek Moore (9 catches, 96 yards) caught a 22-yard pass from Zach Giardini on an option pass with 2:00 left in. Hanson, however, squelched any hopes of a Nipmuc comeback, when he scored on a nine yard jaunt on a counter draw with 6:27 left in the game. The Warriors drove to the Valley Tech 27 on their next possession, but Wilkins deflected the ball away from Moore on fourth down. Nipmuc quickly got the ball back when Joseph Cortese intercepted Avery (7 of 11, 78 yards) at the Beavers 36, but Warriors quarterback John Jango (13 of 31, 148 yards) was picked off by Bailey at the Valley Tech 16 to seal it.
Blackstone Valley 21, Nipmuc 6
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Upton
|Blackstone Valley||TD||Dan Avery 1-yard run (Bailey Leacy kick)|
|Blackstone Valley||TD||Taylor Hanson 4-yard run (Bailey Leacy kick)|
|Nipmuc||TD||Derek Moore 22-yard pass from Zach Girardini (rush failed)|
|Blackstone Valley||TD||Taylor Hanson 9-yard run (Bailey Leacy kick)|
Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 6:35 p.m.