WILLIAMSTOWN -- Eight wins. Zero losses. That was the Wahconah football team's goal heading into the season.
With a 20-14 win at Mount Greylock on Friday night, the Warriors secured just that and the right to host the county championship game. Inside that 8-0 record are wins over two of the other top three teams in the county, with Hoosac Valley being the other.
"We definitely wanted to get these two. It felt great to beat Hoosac, tough game there," Ethan Wells said. "Coming up here, always tough to play here, especially against these guys. They're one of the best teams to play against, a lot of respect for them. It felt great to get the win."
It took a pair of individual efforts to secure the unbeaten regular season.
Wahconah's defense made a pair of great plays on Greylock's final drive. The first came from defensive end Cole Morrison when he batted down Brodie Altiere's pass attempt on the Mounties' first play after the Warriors' go-ahead touchdown.
After the Mounties' picked up a first down, the Warriors stacked up Daivon Clement for a 1-yard loss. Darrow Brown followed that with a highlight-reel interception near Wahconah's sideline. Altiere rolled to his left and Mike McCormack ran an out route. The ball was on target, but Brown went horizontal on a full-extension dive in front of McCormack and come away with the game's only interception.
That gave Wahconah the ball back and it never let go.
"All week in practice, coach told me that I was matched up on McCormack," Brown said. "So he told me that he liked to go out, and he was doing that all game. [He] made a couple good catches, and then I adjusted in the second half. I started shading a little bit to his right, to the outside. I saw quarterback role out, saw him cut to the outside and just jumped it, snagged it."
Wahconah jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a 13-yard pitch and catch from Wells to Brown and a 4-yard run from Wells. The Mounties stormed back and erased it shortly after halftime.
Altiere found McCormack down the sideline for a 31-yard gain with 4 seconds left before hitting tight end Robby Buffis from four yards out. Daivon Clement tied it in the third quarter when he scored from 22 yards out. That was about all Wahconah gave him.
The Warriors limited Clement to only 51 yards on 16 carries, by far his lowest output of the season.
"We were told by Coach [Matt] Morrison, our line's going to win the game for us," defensive end Mike Loehr said. "Our D-line was told, we're going to have matchups, and you line up across from somebody, you have to gain the yard. You gain a yard, and you let your linebackers come from behind and pick it up for you, let them clean it up."
Wahconah's offense sputtered through the third quarter, but regained some of its swagger in the fourth, and used it for the go-ahead score.
The Warriors drove the ball straight ahead for 53 yards on 16 plays -- all on the ground -- with Eli Pease punching it in from 1 yard out. The largest run on the drive was a 9-yard gain from Wells on third-and-4 from the Greylock 14-yard line. Three plays later, Pease punched it in.
But the story was Wahconah's defense, which held Greylock out of the end zone in the first quarter after the offense gave the Mounties great field position.
"Defense played tonight," coach Gary Campbell Jr. said. "... The kids are resilient. They fight and they made a play when they had to. [The INT] was a big defensive play there, and they made a four-and-out at the end.
"It was good stuff."
Wahconah 20, Mount Greylock 14
Wahconah 0 14 0 6 -- 20
Greylock 0 6 8 0 -- 14
W -- Darrow Brown 13 pass from Ethan Wells (Pass failed), 6:52.
W -- Wells 4 run (Eli Pease run good), 3:55.
MG -- Robby Buffis pass from Brodie Altiere (Daivon Clement run failed), 0:00.
MG -- Clement 22 run (Mike McCormack run good), 4:06.
W -- Pease 1 run (Wells run failed), 7:40.
Rushes-yards 54-246 20-50
Comp-att-int 6-9-0 5-16-1
Passing yards 80 70
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties 4-20 1-5
RUSHING -- W: Eli Pease 20-67, Ethan Wells 33-174, Darrow Brown 1-5; MG: Daivon Clement 16-51; Brodie Altiere 3-(-3), Colby Masse 1-2.
PASSING -- W: Ethan Wells 6-8-80-0, Nick Clayton 0-1-0-0; MG: Brodie Altiere 5-16-70-1.
RECEIVING -- W: Codi Arthur 1-14, Darrow Brown 1-24, Ryan Washburn 1-39, Eli Pease 1-3; MG: Mike McCormack 3-67, Robby Buffis 1-4, Daivon Clement 1-(-1).