Sunday September 23, 2012

CHESHIRE -- With a young team facing veterans, hitting the ground running may be the best recipe for success.

Hoosac Valley's running back triumvirate of Tyler Mach, Colby Gage, and Ian Hill combined for 207 yards on 37 carries Saturday afternoon, as the Hurricanes spun past Monument Mountain 19-6.

The Hurricanes would give the Spartans no time to try to exploit their inexperience. On the first play from scrimmage, Mach broke a tackle to his left and rushed 64 yards into the end zone.

Hoosac Valley added to its lead in the second quarter, with Mach punching home a 5-yard score, capping a 41 2-minute drive for the Hurricanes and putting them up 13-0.

Short a few players -- four starters were missing and did not dress, according to Hurricanes coach Dayne Poirot -- the coach was impressed with the performances of his young players.

"A lot of the juniors and sophomores really stepped up to win this game today," he said. "We had some new guys in the mix, so we had to try to simplify it a little bit, and they did well. I'm proud of these kids, because they really stepped up when they needed to."

Though down by two scores, the Spartans led off the third quarter with a nine-play drive, capped off by Ryle O'Brian finding a diving Hezekiah Adams for a 33-yard score, bringing the Spartans within a touchdown.

Monument got the ball back late in the third quarter down 13-6, but a promising drive was stalled by a clipping penalty, pinning the Spartans deeper in their own territory.

Getting the ball back in Spartans territory with 9 minutes remaining, quarterback Matt Braman orchestrated an eight play, 40-yard drive, capped off with a 4-yard run by Hill to put the game out of reach.

Monument had yet another chance to score late in the quarter, as a 49-yard run by Jesse Dupont gave the Spartans a first-and-goal situation. But the Hurricanes defense stiffened and kept the Spartans off the board as the clock dwindled down.

"They had a chance to score, and it was about pride at that point, because they had a real good chance to win that football game," Poirot said.

For Monument, Malik Wilbon had 66 yards on eight carries, and Dupont had 53 yards on seven rushes.