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Devon Molway and "GN" ready to battle Housy with playoff berth on the line.

POSTED November 22, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Gilbert/Northwestern running back Devon Molway looks for room on a sweep during his team's 7-0 win over Avon on the road Saturday afternoon. The win keeps the Yellowjackets alive for a Class M State playoff berth. They are currently ranked seventh with the top eight making the postseason.

Avon Falcon running back Colin Moore looks for the handle during his team's 7-0 loss to visiting Gilbert/Northwestern. The loss drops the Falcons to the 11th spot in the Class L playoff race with only the top eight making the postseason.

FALLS VILLAGE- In two days, two teams that have both a mutual respect and disdain for each other will match up in the 26th annual Berkshire Bowl between the Gilbert/Northwestern Yellow jackets (7-2) and the Housatonic Mountaineers (5-4).

The road team owns a 13-12 edge in the record department and a two-year winning streak, while the home team would like nothing better than to knock them off and ruin their chance at a State Playoff spot.

After their 7-0 upset win over Avon on the road Saturday, “GN” is riding a defense that completely shut down the Falcons high-powered offensive machine.

A second quarter 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Kyle Jones, another player who was with the ‘Jackets during their lean times, was the games only points but more than enough for an inspired “D”.

The Yellowjackets defense has given up just 119 points in nine games, two more, ironically, than Avon.

A win puts them in the Class M playoffs as the likely 6th seed, it’s as simple as that, but “GN” will have to get past a Mountaineer team that had but one win a year ago but sits with five, itching for six.

Gilbert is led by two players on offense and a slew of athletes on the defensive side of the ball who just love to get at it.

Senior quarterback, Bobby Lippincott, who called Saturday’s win over the Falcons, “amazing”, hopes to have play better than he did against Avon when he failed to complete a pass in four attempts.

Senior running back Devon Molway, who has now rushed for 1155 yards in 2010, fights hard for every yard and pounded out 113 on the ground against a tough Avon defensive line.

This game will be played in Falls Village on Thursday morning where the weather will be whatever it is. Doesn’t matter one bit to either of these programs.

Mountaineer head coach Deron Bayer and his single win offense didn’t need anymore motivation for this game then the fact that he wants the Bowl back after a two-year absence.

It’s easy to understand what the Mountaineers will do on 75 percent of their plays; they will line up, punch you in the mouth and dare you to beat them.

Senior back Tanner Brisset, who has passed the 1,200-yard mark in nine games this season, has not won this game yet as the team's main offensive threat.

A win in his last game would erase the bad taste of any past Berkshire Bowl game.

Brisset, who has thrown the ball more this year than in past years, is far from a one-man show.

Junior back Donyell Williams has pitched in with over 300 yards rushing and six touchdowns while sophomore Jake Sutterland has passed the 200-yard rushing mark while finding the end zone five times.

These games don’t always unfold the way one would think they would.

Turnovers or a key, field-position changing punt can sometimes have a snowball effect on a game.

Momentum swings will happen often, and sometimes it comes down to who has the ball last.

Two stubborn, lunch box mentality teams will meet on the gridiron with the Housatonic Hills as a back round in what promises to be one memorable Thanksgiving football game.

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