Beverley runs wild as Monument Mountain football blanks Pathfinder

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PALMER — The Monument Mountain Spartans started the 2017 season right where they left the 2016 season — with a win.

After going 4-7 last season the Spartans kicked off the 2017 season on the right foot with a resounding 38-0 win over Pathfinder on Friday night.

The Spartans were led by junior running back Tyrell Beverley, who rushed for 258 yards on 11 carries with four touchdowns.

"Tyrell is a special player and runner," said Spartans head coach Chris D'Aniello. "He sort of just glides out there when he runs and turns the corners real quick."

The Spartans got on the board not even a minute into the game when Beverley busted out a 65 yard touchdown run down the left sideline on just the second play from scrimmage to give Monument an early 6-0 lead.

Monument Mountain got the ball right back after recovering a Pathfinder fumble and scored two plays later on another long touchdown run from Beverley, this time for 52 yards as the Spartans jumped out to a 14-0 lead with just over eight and a half minutes left in the first quarter.

Despite the Pioneers controlling the football for much of the second quarter — including an 18 play drive that started with 4:30 left in the first quarter — Pathfinder could not punch the ball into the end zone. That was in large part thanks to a stellar defensive performance by the Spartans that played the bend-but-don't-break defense to perfection as they forced three turnover on downs — including the 18 play drive that stalled at the Monument 13 yard line.

"You know getting that defensive stop in the second quarter was huge," said D'Aniello. "That was important for them [the kids] to understand, `Hey we can do this' and they start to believe in themselves, so next time that happens they have been there before and they know that they can get those big defensive stops and we need those types of experiences to build off of as we move forward."

After a scoreless second quarter for the Spartans, Monument got back on the board again with yet another long Beverley TD run, this one a 43 -ard scamper that extended the Monument lead to 22-0 with 4:53 left in the third quarter.

After a 21 yard run from senior Max Buffoni set up a first-and-goal for the Spartans inside the Pioneers 10 yard line to close out the third quarter, quarterback Caleb Carlson scored a rushing touchdown of his own, running in from eight yards out on the read option on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The score put the game well out of reach as the Spartans led 30-0 at that point.

Beverley then put the icing on the cake with a 53-yard touchdown run a little over five minutes later to make it 38-0 Spartans with 6:23 left to play in regulation.

All four of Beverley's touchdown runs were for more than 40 yards.

"It's good to get that first win under your belt and if the offensive line can continue blocking the way that they did tonight it should be a fun season," D'Aniello concluded

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Monument     14     0     8     16          38

Pathfinder     0     0     0     0          0

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