Sharks Show Grit In First-ever Post-season Game

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Football

Monomoy defenders, including Riley Demanche (4), Eli Nickerson (9), and Connor Santoni (3), work to take down a Nantucket foe during game play in the Div. 7 quarterfinals Oct. 27.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

NANTUCKET ─ When the Monomoy football team headed across the waters to face Nantucket in the Sharks' first-ever post-season game, they knew it would be a tough one, and it was. But even as the Whalers ran up the score en route to another lopsided victory (61-12) Monomoy did its best to stay in the game, earning a pair of late-game touchdowns before leaving with heads held high.

The Div. 7 quarterfinals marked Monomoy football's first foray into post-season play, and though the Whalers dominated, Monomoy put forth a solid effort.

Early on the Sharks suffered the loss of halfback Gavin Viera after a knock-down hit prompted officials to sideline him for fear of a concussion. Though disappointed, Viera turned his energies toward cheering on his teammates as they soldiered through the match.

While Nantucket carried on its familiar pattern of piling on the touchdowns, Monomoy did its best to thwart as many scoring efforts as possible, with strong defensive play from Cam Jones, Ben Hall, Eli Nickerson, Riley Demanche, Connor Santoni, and Cam Coomber.

Quarterback Isaac Hart helped the Sharks get a bite in the second half when Hart found Santoni open to receive a 30-yard pass for a touchdown, with the second score coming when Jake Wisniewski burst through the Whalers' line into the end zone for another six points.

“I was very proud and still am of the boys efforts that night,” said Monomoy head coach Brandon Perry. “We went into the game with a mindset to fight for four quarters and I believe we did that. The whole team showed great effort overall, which was good to see.”

Perry gave kudos to Hart, who threw for 180 yards with a touchdown, Santoni with five catches for 135 yards and a touchdown, and Jake Wisniewski with a rushing touchdown and a solid performance at defensive end.

“Nantucket is a good team and has some great players,” said Perry. “We have already moved on though and are focused on our upcoming match with Old Colony.”

Monomoy will now play Old Colony on Friday in a non-playoff consolation game that starts at 6 p.m. The team is also preparing for a second non-playoff match to be determined, as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day game, this year at Sacred Heart in Kingston.