ORANGE -- Belchertown football coach John Mayo and his Orioles will step out of the frying pan and into the fire in the Division III Super Bowl on Saturday.
Mount Greylock running back Ethan Ryan ran for 223 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, finishing up with a career-best in yards rushing (286) and touchdowns (six) as the second-seeded Mounties routed Greenfield 62-0 Tuesday night at Mahar Regional High School.
"We're going to be watching a lot of film" on Greylock, said Mayo. "They're like they have been for the last three years. They don't make mistakes. They're very quick, very fast and a great fundamental team. Their running back is as good as anybody. He's got to be the best running back we've seen all year."
Ryan had touchdown runs of 48, 42, 2, 25, 8 and 63 yards in the win. He was able to hit pretty much every hole his line opened for him. Daivon Clement also had big runs on the night, breaking a 45-yarder for a touchdown. Michael McCormack finished up the scoring with a 54-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
While Ryan added to his already impressive yardage total -- he now has 1,839 this season -- the defense prevented Greenfield's 1,000-yard rusher and passer from getting anything going on the ground.
Zach Bartak ran for just 55 yards and added just another 79 through the air. The Mounties changed their defensive approach for this semifinal matchup and it seemed to work. Greylock switched to a 4-2-5 defensive scheme and recorded three interceptions.