HARWICH – What do you do when your team has already gained an impressive lead and it's only halftime? If you're Monomoy football head coach Larry Souza, you give as many non-starters a chance to get in the game as possible, which is what he did in the Sharks' big 50-12 victory on Sept. 28 against Avon/Holbrook.
The game offered the opportunity for a number of Sharks to shine, beginning with Tyler Potter, who kicked things off with a 44-yard run prior to Monomoy's first touchdown of the game, trotted in by Mark Pawlina.
From then on the game belonged to Monomoy as Potter, Zach Parker, Elijah Beasley and Isaac Hart combined forces offensively for the Sharks to become a sharp thorn in the side of the Bulldogs. In the first half alone, Hart embarked on a 50-yard run, with Potter scoring on a 10-yard rush to put Monomoy ahead 14-0. Before the end of the half, two scores from Beasley on well-thrown passes from Pawlina boosted the Sharks' lead to 30-0 as the Bulldogs struggled to contain their hosts.
Parker tore up the second half, coming away with 152 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, while Hart finished the outing with 135 yards rushing. Potter had 105, and Beasley 32, along with 18 yards receiving. He was also stellar defensively, as were Kyle Charlot with four tackles, Potter and Jason Ready each with three, and Hart, Miles Boyle and Bradley Alexis with two. Justin Sneed, Rob Sieger and Cam Coomber each added a tackle to the mix, with Charlot nabbing a key interception.
“I think we played really, really well,” said Souza. “We got out early, and we got to get a look at a lot of kids that haven't had a lot of time in game. We got some great play out of these kids. Zach Parker had a big game for us this week, and Isaac Hart again.”
He also gave shoutouts to Charlot, Pawlina and Potter, but dubbed the win a whole-team victory.
“All the kids did what they needed to do,” he said. “I told them that in order to win the game they needed to go 100 percent 100 percent of the time and I think that's what they gave us.”
Souza said the game allowed him to rest some of his starters in preparation for Nantucket, which Monomoy faces on Saturday on the island.
“We're going to need to work really hard,” Souza said about the impending battle, but added that the A/H victory was a boost. “We got a lot of kids involved and saw some really great things.”
Monomoy's next home game will be Oct. 12 against West Bridgewater, and will be the team's homecoming celebration with a start time of 6 p.m.