HARWICH – When the Nauset Warriors faced the Monomoy Sharks in football action on Sept. 20, some might have called their 42-0 victory the Bobby Joy show. They wouldn't necessarily have been wrong, as Joy was in top form throughout the contest, but he had a more little help in the win.
After the Sharks failed to move the ball into scoring position during the opening possession, Joy scored the first touchdown of the game on a 50-yard run that was capped off by a solid kick from teammate Kai Pearson to put Nauset ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.
By the end of the first, the Warriors had boosted their tally to 14-0 courtesy of a second touchdown from Miles Perry, again with a kick through the uprights courtesy of Pearson. As Monomoy's defense worked to contain their opponents, the visiting Nauset squad went on to score again on a 55-yard pass from Joy to teammate Henry Blanchard, with Riley Bent embarking on an 18-yard run, and Wylder Hart hopping one in from the two-yard line to put the Warriors ahead 35-0 at halftime.
As the third quarter got under way, Joy had one more sprint in him, converting the kickoff return into an 80-yard touchdown, once again punctuated by a Pearson kick.
“In these neighborhood games, kids are all fired up and ready to play and our kids came ready tonight,” said Nauset head coach Bruce Strunk. “Our offensive line, they've really improved week after week after week and I think they kind of controlled the game. I'm very proud of them.”
Strunk gave a nod to “a couple of very good athletes in our back field,” Joy, Blanchard, and Perry, but said the OL was to be commended for the victory.
“This week I think it was all about the offensive line,” he said. “They executed very well. And our defense had an outstanding game. Not only a shutout, but not many total yards for the game either. We're pretty young so plugging in guys and getting a performance like that is great.”
Monomoy head coach Larry Souza was disappointed in the loss.
“It's a tough loss,” he said. “We didn't play well enough. We had a lot of kids hurt, but that's not an excuse. We've got to play tougher and we didn't play tough enough.”
Souza said his team is comprised of a number of younger players, many of whom that haven't played football before, but added that there are issues that need to be addressed going forward. That said, he was pleased with the performances of Tyler Potter, David Malone, and Marcus Lefeged.
“Tyler ran hard. We just couldn't open the holes for him,” Souza said. “And David again. He ended up getting hurt in the end, but he just came out here and was a trooper. He was hurt when we went in at the half, and before he went down again he made every tackle. This is a kid who didn't play football last year. He played soccer. He just has incredible instincts and is doing a great job.”
While Nauset travels to Fall River to face Durfee tomorrow night (Sept. 27), Monomoy has a bye week, which Souza said will hopefully give injured players time to recover and the entire team the opportunity to regroup. The Sharks are back in action on Oct. 4 at Bristol Plymouth.