Sunday, November 05
SPRINGFIELD— Mount Greylock linebacker Dylan Schultz said he got head coach Shawn Flaherty's message loud and clear.

"There's still football to be played," recalled Schultz after Springfield Putnam ended Mount Greylock's undefeated season with a 14-0 win yesterday at Plumb Field. "We're going to look to the future, get our (game plan) lined up and come out to play on Saturday."

The Mounties, who entered yesterday's game with the defending Western/Central Division 3 Super Bowl champion Beavers a perfect 8-0, will host St. Bernard's of Central Mass Saturday night at John T. Allen Field.

The good news for the Mounties is that this game doesn't impact the upcoming Berkshire County playoffs. Greylock will still host either Drury or Wahconah Regional on Thanksgiving morning, with the winner advancing to the Division 2 Super Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Worcester State College.

And while nobody likes to lose a game, especially this late in what had been an undefeated season, Schultz said the Mounties need to take a lot out of the game.

"They're not the biggest team we've seen," he said of the Beavers, "but they were the fastest."

Putnam got on the board first when quarterback Jon Budynkiewicz connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Andre Lester in the first quarter. Kenny Cullins caught the two-point conversion, making it 8-0.

The Mounties kept Putnam off the scoreboard until the third quarter when Justin Reid scored on a six-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, and that accounted for the 14-0 final.

Greylock had its hands full defensively with Putnam running back Jose Melendez, who gained 135 yards.

"He hits harder than any back I played against," said Schultz, quickly adding that "all the kids on this team can stick it to you."

The Mounties did have a couple of scoring opportunities, but costly mistakes caused those opportunities to come up empty.

Greylock is now 8-1, while Putnam of the Intercounty League is 5-3.