PITTSFIELD -- St. Joseph coach Ben Kline went to a classic defensive formation to stop the Mount Greylock running game Saturday night. The Crusaders put seven men on the line of scrimmage, daring Greylock to throw the ball.
The formation worked for one scoreless quarter, but the Greylock ground game could not be contained much longer. The Mounties rushed for 184 yards and won 34-0 at Wahconah Park for their fifth win of the season.
Daivon Clement rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Mounties. Colby Masse added 51 yards rushing on seven carries.
On defense, the Mounties swarmed to the ball, intercepting three passes -- two for touchdowns -- and holding the Crusaders to 76 total yards. A 37-yard interception return by Austan Quagliano was the final blow.
Greylock sits at 5-1 with two games remaining in the regular season, with a huge matchup against Wahconah looming in the regular-season finale. Coach Shawn Flaherty said he wants his team to remain focused on next week’s opponent, Lee.
"Lee has always played us tough, and they’re coming up to Williamstown next week. We know they’re going to bring it. Then obviously we have Wahconah [after Lee]," Flaherty said. "We’re looking at it like we have some good teams coming up and that’s how we’re approaching these last games."
Despite the final score, Kline said he was happy with the performance of his under-manned team.
"Sam Thomason had a great game. [He] did more than what we asked him to [and] made plays from the back side. Pat Latini did everything we wanted him to and more -- he made all the tackles. So I was very happy with the effort that everyone had," Kline said.
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Greylock 34, St. Joseph 0
St. Joe 0 0 0 0--0
Greylock 0 20 8 6--28
MG -- Daivon Clement 6 run (pass failed), 7:02.
MG -- Clement 24 interception return, (pass failed), 6:00.
MG -- Clement 3 run (Clement run), 1:12.
MG -- Clement 30 run (Delaney Pudvar pass from Brodie Altiere), 6:50.
MG -- Austin Quagliano 39 interception return (run failed), 0:51.
First Downs 3 8
Rushes-yards 24-76 31-184
Passing-yards 31 0
Comp-att-int 5-15-3 0-1
Fumbles-lost 4-3 1-0
Penalties-yards 1-15 3-20
RUSHING -- St. Joe: Brendan Faas 8-6, Nate Stump 8-24, Marquise Hamilton 4-3, David Lewis 1-5. Greylock: Daivon Clement 16-122, Colby Masse 7-51, Devin Pelletier 6-3, Brodie Altiere 1-8, Ian Greenhalgh 1-0.
PASSING -- St. Joe: Nate Stump 5-15-31. Greylock: Brodie Altiere 0-1.
RECEIVING -- Faas 2-21, Matt Tobin 2-13, David Lewis 1-(minus 3).