HARWICH ─ It was a huge homecoming and a lucky Friday the 13th for the Monomoy football team on Oct. 13 when the Sharks held on to defeat the Sacred Heart Saints 14-8, giving the program its first tournament berth in school history.
“It feels good, extremely exciting, and it was a great team win,” said head coach Brandon Perry. “I think that was the first time this season that we've played four quarters, and we were really in a good fight. Sacred Heart's a great team.”
Though the victory was certainly earned by each of the Sharks, there could be no mistaking that quarterback Isaac Hart and wide receiver/defensive back Connor Santoni played a huge part in the win. Thanks to an impressive block by Santoni in the second quarter, Hart was able to dodge the Saints' defense en route to a thrilling 85-yard touchdown that not only set fans cheering but also became the game winner.
“If that block didn't happen then [Hart] wouldn't have scored there,” said Perry, who dubbed the play selfless. “That was the biggest block and probably the best play I've seen him make all year.”
Monomoy opened their scoring in the first when Hart handed the ball off to Gavin Viera, who raced it down the field for a first down before Hart launched a pass to Jake Wisniewski, with Wisniewski's 30-yard run resulting in a Shark touchdown. Hart capped off the score with a successful 2-point conversion to put Monomoy ahead 8-0.
The Saints responded with a TD of their own to even the score, but the aforementioned combination of Santoni and Hart gave Monomoy an edge heading into the break.
“We really challenged them at halftime to say it was a 0-0 game and...to come out and shut them out,” said Perry of his defense, which proved powerful in the second half, thwarting each scoring attempt by the Saints to keep Monomoy on top.
“That first possession of the third quarter I think was a make or break the game type of thing,” he said. “Our defense really responded and then played great [with] a lot of great tackling, a lot of people flying to the ball. I'd say the defensive effort from everybody was great tonight.”
Key on defense were Cam Coomber, Ben Hall, and Kyle Charlot.
“Kyle was all over the place on defense and on offense,” Perry said. “He really stepped up and showed a lot of guts. The kid he was playing against was probably All-League and he really did a great job there.”
Perry also had high praise for Hart.
“He can throw the ball, and he's such a dangerous person running the ball too,” Perry said. “I think teams are starting to see that. Every week he's surprising me and doing something that wows me.”
Monomoy's overall record now stands at 4-2 and secures the team a spot at second in the Mayflower Comprehensive League. Next up for the Sharks is a Senior Night home game against Atlantis Charter, with a start time of 6:30 p.m. Senior recognition for players and cheerleaders will start at roughly 5:50 p.m.