CHESHIRE -- The last time the St. Joseph's and Hoosac Valley football teams got together, things didn't go that great for the Hurricanes.
When the teams get back together Saturday for their Berkshire County plus-1 match up, Hoosac Valley has no choice but to win. The Hurricanes finish the regular season as the No. 4 team in Berkshire County, while St. Joseph's finshed third. St. Joseph's is the host, but due to unsafe conditions at Wahconah Park -- the Crusaders home field -- the game will be played at Taconic High School.
A loss has the potentiol to eliminate Hoosac from the Western Massachusetts Division II playoff picture.
In the week 2 loss, St. Joseph's beat the Hurricanes 28-0 behind 165 yards on the ground from Lavante Wiggins.
"That's actually one of the motivaters for us," junior Ian Hill said. "We watched the film, they beat us on that day but we made so many mistakes. We just looked like a terrible football team, we had so many missed tackles and errors -- that's not us."
In the loss, the Hurricanes were held to just 185 yards of total offense. They had difficulty establishing control of the ball. The Crusaders opening drive took up eight minutes and put the Hurricanes on edge. St. Joseph's had 253 yards on the ground and an additional 35 through the air.
"We watched that game and we looked at it and we saw that we had a big game, at home, against what was supposed to be a another good team," coach Dayne Poirot said. "They definitely took it to us. So yes, the kids definitely have that in their heads going in."
The Hurricanes had an extra week to prepare for St. Joseph's after defeating Drury 14-0, two weeks ago.
"We were just so focused and had such a good week of practice for the Drury game," senior Andrew Milesi said. "We just have to work hard like we did that week. The extra week has really helped us."
The Hurricanes have put together a two-game winning streak entering the plus-one game.
A loss won't completely eliminate the Hurricanes from the playoffs, but will make their chances slim. At 6-3, Hoosac sits in fourth place in the division II Western Massachusetts standings.
"We have to win to move on as far as we're concerned," Poirot said. "We're here [in this situation] and we're going to win to move on. We want to get this win and then move on."
The Hurricanes have 11.33 points, just .3 points behind third-place Commerce. Amherst is in fifth place with a 5-3 record and 9.75 points.
A Hoosac win and a Commerce loss would set up a meeting against Wahconah in the first round of the postseason. The Warriors are the No. 2 seed.
"It's my senior year and this is the one that really counts, it's our last game," Milesi said. "In your senior year, you don't want to go out losing and we want to play another game. A win will do that."