HARWICH ─ The Monomoy football team knew their Sept. 30 battle against Nantucket would be a tough one, and it was, ending with a lopsided score of 55-6 in favor of the visitors.
“They're a good team. They've got size, great speed, and No. 22 is a heck of an athlete. Anytime you get him the ball you can see he just takes it to the house,” said Monomoy head coach Brandon Perry.
Indeed, Nantucket's Alex Small was behind a trio of touchdowns for the dominating Whalers, who scored 20 points in the first quarter before tacking on another 22 in the second, 7 in the third, and a final TD in the closing quarter.
The Sharks made it onto the scoreboard in the second when Isaac Hart, in the play of the game for Monomoy, somehow evaded the Whaler defense to race with the ball 61 yards to the end zone.
“That run by Isaac was an extremely great run,” said Perry. “It showed that we can compete with them. We just need to do it a little more consistently.”
Posing slight problems for the team was the loss of starting linemen due to injuries sustained in practices.
“We were shuffling people around a lot,” said Perry. “But I wouldn't use that as an excuse at all. We had good quality practices and our backups did well.”
While the outing was tough on those on Monomoy's varsity squad longing for more evenly balanced matches, it did offer Perry the chance to give his junior varsity players some field time.
“I think our JV team really showed up and showed a lot of guts,” said Perry. “Pretty much all of our subs coming in really weren't intimidated at all, and looked to put up a fight even when they still had some of their varsity in against some of our Jvs.”
Monomoy travels to West Bridgewater tomorrow night (Oct. 6) before returning home Oct. 13 to host off-Cape rival Sacred Heart, the team's traditional Thanksgiving Day competitor.
“We're looking forward to [West Bridgewater],” said Perry. “It's another tough league game. We're going to go out there and practice good all week and be ready to go on Friday night.”