HARWICH – It wasn't the way Monomoy wanted their homecoming game to go, but when all was said and done, one touchdown was all the Sharks could muster against Martha's Vineyard, as the Vineyarders claimed a 36-8 win on Oct. 18.
The visiting Vineyarders kicked off the scoring in the first quarter when Hunter Meader hopped the ball in from four yards out after the team marched the ball downfield, though Monomoy was able to block the kick.
Martha's Vineyard scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter, the first on a 10-yard run from Ty Mathew that was followed by a successful two-point conversion, and the second when Meader scored from two yards out, with Antone Moreis putting the ball through the uprights.
Then, finally and for the first time in weeks, it was Monomoy's turn.
Slowly but with determination, the Sharks moved the ball into scoring position, setting up quarterback Noah Concordia for a solid pass to Elijah Beasley. With few options open and Beasley unwilling to give up the ball, he dodged left, then right, zig-zagging enough to throw the Vineyarders off his trail and allow him to sprint into the end zone, much to the delight of the homecoming crowd in the stands.
Tyler Potter then received the two-point conversion pass from Concordia, and the Sharks were on the scoreboard.
Though fired up after the score, Monomoy wasn't able to stop Martha's Vineyard in its quest for more touchdowns, with the Vineyarders adding two more to their tally. Another TD for the Sharks didn't happen, the game ending with a Martha's Vineyard possession, during which the visitors let the clock run out.
“I think we got a little better in the passing game tonight,” said Monomoy head coach Larry Souza. “But we just couldn't get it done defensively. I think we played great in the second half, but in the first half we just couldn't stop them and that's when most of their points were scored. We just couldn't come back from it.”
Souza gave kudos to Potter for his consistent efforts on offense and defense, and Marcus Lefeged, who lasted the entire game on defense for the Sharks. Souza also gave shoutouts to Beasley, Concordia, and Rory Carpenter, each of whom played their final home game with the Sharks.
“Elijah Beasley played his heart out,” said. “We got some good work out of Noah, and Rory Carpenter with a great block that actually got Elijah in the end zone. But we've got to get better. We've just got to get better.”
Monomoy travels to Sandwich tomorrow night (Oct. 25) to face the Blue Knights in a 7 p.m. contest.