EASTHAM – When the Monomoy Sharks traveled to Eastham last Friday night to face the Nauset Warriors there was a swirl of chatter about the potential outcome, but not many predicted the 45-8 drubbing the Div. 7 Sharks would suffer at the hands of their Div. 4 black-and-gold hosts.
Bobby Joy scored three touchdowns in the outing, the first two seemingly in quick succession as Nauset finished the first quarter with a crushing 28-0 edge, with Mac LaBarge and Tate Seidewand also scoring in the frame.
It took the Warriors until the end of the third period to sub out most of their starters in spite of a commanding lead. Meanwhile, Monomoy struggled to find its footing, unable to reach the end zone until the fourth quarter when Elijah Beasley embarked on a 50-yard run, narrowly escaping a diving grab by Robby Wright.
But other than that short-lived shining moment, the game belonged to Nauset, which also saw Wright kick six successful field goals, while Miles Perry added a touchdown in the third quarter.
“Our kids came out to play,” said Nauset head coach Bruce Strunk. “This is a very emotional game for our kids, and for Monomoy. Kind of a backyard brawl. A lot of these kids grew up playing with each other and our kids were excited to play this game.”
Much of the buzz on social media was about Monomoy serving as a good warm-up for Nauset in preparation for facing the D-Y Dolphins this week.
“We're just trying to get better week to week,” said Strunk. “I said after the Thanksgiving game, we're trying to be like D-Y. We've got a young team and we're trying to change the culture here. We're definitely taking steps in the right direction.”
Strunk gave kudos to a handful of players after the game.
“Our offense is really coming around,” he said. “Bobby Joy had a great game as always. He's a great leader. Mac LaBarge had some great runs, but then we saw some great things on offense from Miles Perry, and the offensive line, they're getting better. Defensively our defense is flying around. They're swarming, led by Bobby Joy and Mac LaBarge, but Ethan Still is a big part of it, and Bobby Freeman, Cyris DeVries and sophomore Aiden Handville. We've got a lot of guys contributing this year. We're going in the right direction.”
Monomoy head coach Larry Souza was disappointed that the game wasn't more competitive where his players were concerned.
“I just don't think we were ready,” he said. “I don't think we got it done. We didn't execute on anything that we do. Any of the things we do well we didn't even do, let alone do well. We came out flat. I think we underestimated them a little bit. The kids weren't able to turn it around, and as coaches we weren't able to find something to turn it around, so on the whole it's a team loss.”
Next up for the Sharks is a trip to Canton to face Blue Hills tomorrow (Sept. 21) in their first league game.
“Going forward we're just going to have to get out there and work a lot harder,” Souza said. “We've got to put a lot more time in, and really put a lot of effort in.”