NANTUCKET – When it comes to Monomoy's Oct. 12 football game against Nantucket, it's debatable on which was worse—the choppy, stomach-churning boat ride over or the game itself, which saw the Sharks fall 41-0 in Cape and Islands League Lighthouse action on a damp, blustery Saturday evening.
While the Whalers celebrated a homecoming victory, their second win of the season, Monomoy was thwarted at every turn thanks to a quick and wily Whaler offense and a formidable Nantucket defense.
The game opened with Nantucket's Torane Burton scoring on a 61-yard run, and by the time the first quarter was over the home team Whalers had scored 27 points courtesy of Darrian Nangle, Burton (again), and Malique Bodden, who made good on a pass from Makai Bodden.
Nangle scored Nantucket's second quarter touchdown on a 16-yard run and then completed the extra-point kick, with Kenard Liburd embarking on a 32-yard run in the third before the Sharks were able to put a stop to further scoring efforts. Tyler Potter, Rory Carpenter, Marcus Harrington, Marcus Lefeged, and Ryan Walsh were instrumental on defense for the Sharks.
Meanwhile, on the Monomoy side, the only real forward progress happened when eighth grader Jake Vagenas stepped in as quarterback, lobbing the ball to junior captain Potter, with Potter pushing through for a few Shark first downs, though a touchdown remained elusive.
Monomoy returns home tomorrow night (Oct. 18) to host Martha's Vineyard, with the game marking both Homecoming and Senior Night for the Sharks. Seniors will be celebrated at 5 p.m., with kickoff set for 6 p.m. The following week the Sharks travel to Sandwich, with their final game of the regular season set for Nov. 27 against St. John Paul II at Mass Maritime Academy.