PITTSFIELD – Friday. Night. Lights.
The three words that are synonymous with high school football.
“I feel like Friday nights it gives you a little bit of extra energy you know you go out there under the lights everyone is watching you,” MCI Huskies running back Adam Bertrand said.
But what happens when the lights turn off and the playing field is naturally lit.
“And then you play on a Saturday and it’s hotter than it would be at the night and but its a playoff atmosphere so you gotta treat it like it’s the biggest game of your life,” Bertrand said.
That semifinal game between No. 6 MCI and No. 2 Winslow will be played on Saturday, in Winslow’s backyard.
Which is something the Huskies aren’t used to as the defending Class D champs made the move up to Class C this season.
“Yea it’s humbling and it’s definitely different because we’ve never really had to be in someone’s home for playoffs we’ve always had our own atmosphere you know what I mean our own home crowd,” Bertrand said.
Bertrand, the ‘earth’ and ‘fire’ of the Huskies run game has bulldozed his way to another tremendous season, but it has been the addition of the final element that has culminated in a dominant backfield.
“Yea no Pedro’s a great athlete and he just learned football three years ago,” head coach Tom Bertrand said.
“He adds an element of speed that you know I don’t have,” Adam Bertrand said.
Pedro Matos, the ‘wind’ of the backfield has combined with Bertrand to form one of the more dynamic backfields in Class C.
“I really appreciate the opportunity that I get to start varsity and be a leader for these kids,” Matos said.
Entering hostile territory and under the sun, the Huskies have the cards stacked against them.
But with ‘earth’ ‘wind’ and ‘fire,’ they have a chance pull off the upset.