Monomoy Football Falls To Carver In Season Opener

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: School Sports , Monomoy Regional School District , Monomoy Regional High School , Sports , Football

Monomoy's Elijah Beasley (22) takes off with the ball on his way to a touchdown in the Sharks Sept. 6 game against Carver. Kat Szmit Photo

HARWICH – Monomoy senior captain Elijah Beasley scored the lone touchdown for the Sharks in a tough, rain-soaked 25-6 home-opening loss to Carver on Sept. 6.

Before being taken out of the game with a minor injury, Beasley returned a kickoff 98 yards for an exciting touchdown in the first quarter, but it was the Crusaders that prevailed in Monomoy's first game of the 2019 season.

Beasley's score came after the visiting Crusaders had their first touchdown of the game, and, while Monomoy's defense improved markedly throughout the competition, the Sharks' efforts weren't enough to hold back Carver.

In spite of the lopsided loss, head coach Larry Souza was pleased with his team's performance overall.

“I think the boys did a great job,” he said. “It's a shame that we lost, but we lose Beasley, our best running back, and Rory Carpenter steps right up and jumps right in like nothing ever happened. We were able to control the ball, we moved the ball an awful lot, and I was pretty impressed with them.”

Souza acknowledged the team's defensive struggles in the first quarter but was glad to see them strengthen as the game progressed, with Tyler Potter and Justin Sneed getting in some key tackles.

“Our defense had a little trouble in the first quarter, but we shined after that,” Souza said. “I think we did a pretty good job. Our offense was able to move the ball, but we saw how important Elijah is to us.”

Souza said he wasn't taking chances by putting Beasley back in the game and was pleased with the way the Sharks responded in Beasley's absence.

“We didn't give up, something that I think is a new thing for us,” he said. “We've had a habit of maybe giving up a little. We didn't give up. They fought hard today.”

The head coach also gave shoutouts to Jack Archibald, Graham Papenfuhs, and David Malone.

“Big, big props to Jack Archibald, he played a hell of a game tonight,” Souza said. “And Graham Papenfuhs and David Malone, who both came over from soccer a couple of weeks ago, had big impacts on the game today.”

Next up for the Sharks is a trip across town to Cape Tech on Saturday to face the Crusaders in a 1 p.m. game.