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Wildcats upset Hurricanes in semis

Elliot Winston (57) and Garrett Hopkins (48) stop Hoosac’s Liam Feeley on fourth down to clinch Lee’s win. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

ADAMS — Having played defense for most of the second half, the Lee football team knew it needed to make just one more play to end Friday night’s Division VIII West semifinal. Facing fourth down and one near midfield, the Hoosac Valley Hurricanes did what they do best: give the ball to Liam Feeley.

Lee stiffened and stopped the back at the line of scrimmage, clinching a 12-7 win over previously undefeated Hoosac, sending the Wildcats to the sectional final for the second season in a row.

Coming off of back-to-back losses to the Hurricanes in last season’s Division VIII West championship game, as well as this regular season, the Wildcats knew they would have to score early in order to change their fortune.

They did so early in the second quarter, as Jimmy Purcell connected with Tag Roosa for an eight-yard touchdown pass to give his team an early lead, something coach Keith Thomson said was imperative to Lee’s success Friday night.

“It was huge,” Thomson said. “We talked about drawing first blood and we were able to do that tonight. We thought it kind of put them on their heels and they knew right away that we were here to play.”

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