AMHERST >> Monument Mountain learned the hard way that football games are not won or lost during the first quarter.
The Spartans used long touchdown runs by Shamaal Schoonmaker to put up 12 points during the first 11 minutes of action against Amherst.
Amherst was able to overcome the early deficit, and the Hurricanes rallied for a 32-12 triumph over Monument on Friday night at Community Field.
The Spartans fell to 0-4, but coach Chris D'Aniello sees better days ahead.
"We need to rise above everything we have going on right now," he said. "They made some adjustments and we seem to be a first-half team. We need to change that and it all comes down to mental toughness."
Amherst may have shot itself in the foot with the mistakes, and it was Schoonmaker who made them pay.
"He's a great player," D'Aniello said. "We put together some good runs and then we just broke down and failed to capitalize on their mistakes."
The Spartan running back had touchdown runs of 85 and 21 yards
Amherst quarterback Foerster scored on a quarterback keeper with 1:20 remaining in the first half to break a tie. Following the conversion run by Alexsander Fernandes , the Hurricanes led, 20-12.
Fernandes scored on a 29-yard run that saw him break several tackles en route to the end zone to knot the score at 12-12.
Monument Mountain broke a 6-6 tie by answering Amherst's first score. Schoonmaker ran into the end zone again, this time from 21 yards.
The drive covered 59 yards in only three plays and provided the Spartans with a 12-6 edge with 3:52 left in the opening quarter.
Foerster quickly atoned for his earlier miscue when he ran 38 yards for the tying touchdown with 4:53 left in the first quarter. His ramble into the end zone capped a quick, 5-play, 47-yard drive.
Amherst drove to the shadow of the goal line during its first possession. But Foerster fumbled at the 3 and Monument recovered.
It didn't take the Spartans long to make the Hurricanes pay.
Schoomaker broke loose for an 85-yard touchdown run to provide the Spartans with a 6-0 lead with 7:16 remaining in the first quarter.
A key fumble recovery by set up the score.
"We had some good blocking on that long run," Schoonmaker said. "We had the momentum early, but then we lost it."
MM - Schoomaker 85 run (run failed)
A - Miles Foerster 38 run (run failed)
MM - Schoomaker 21 run (pass failed)
A - Foerster 44 run (Fernandes run)
A - Alexsander Fernandes 29 run (run failed)
A - Will Budington 23 run (run failed)
A - Budington 6 pass from Foerster (run failed)
Rushing - Shamaal Schoomaker 12-144, John Field 2-8, Nolan Dupont 11-72, Tyrell Beverly 3-2, Caleb Carlson 1-1,
Passing - Carlson 0-1-0.
Rushing - Will Budington 11-143, Miles Foerster 12-83, Alexsander Fernandes 12-88, Chris Almeda 1-19, Tayjohn Joyner 2-27.
Passing - Foerster 2-5-65
Receiving - Budington 2-65.