Lee football team romps to win over Monument Mountain to clinch share of Intercounty South league title
And with both teams in the running for playoff berths, there was plenty at stake as Lee defeated Monument, 41-0.
Homer Winston threw four touchdown passes — all in the first half — as the Wildcats built a 28-0 advantage at the intermission. The Lee defense didn't allow a point in the second half, either, as the Wildcats closed the month of October without allowing a single point in four games.
"Defense is playing well," Lee coach Keith Thomson said. "We get a lot of hats around the football and we've got a lot of guys with speed who can cover the field."
Coupled with Mount Greylock's loss to Amherst on Friday, Lee (7-1, 5-1) clinched a share of the Intercounty South championship with the Mounties and Hurricanes, while also potentially leapfrogging Greylock in the Western Massachusetts Division VIII Walker ratings.
"That's a great feeling," Thomson said of the co-league title. "It's just another feather in our cap. But right now, it's all about the Western Mass. playoffs."
Meanwhile, Monument (4-3, 3-3) will have to play the waiting game until the rankings are released on Sunday. Five squads in Western Mass. D-VII finished the regular season with a record of at least .500, meaning one of those teams will miss out on the postseason.
"I'd love to get in the playoffs, that'd be great," Monument coach Chris D'Aniello said. "It'd be a good thing for us, but I don't know if it's going to work out like we want it to with the point system."
In the game on Friday, Winston hit Jake Corcoran for a 16-yard touchdown pass and then connected with Ben Harding from 7 yards out on fourth-and-goal to make it 14-0.
Monument — led by a 42-yard run by Tyrell Beverly — got the ball all the way to the Lee 4-yard line trying to cut the deficit, but the Wildcats turned the Spartans over on downs.
Winston stayed hot in the second frame, hitting Corcoran for an 80-yard touchdown before connecting again with Harding — this time from a yard out — with eight seconds remaining before halftime.
"We connected tonight," Winston said of his rhythm with the receivers. "They ran great routes, they're phenomenal. And like always, the line — both offensively and defensively — dominated."
Lukas Loehr made it 35-0 with a 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Omar Pichardo's scamper from 2 yards out closed the scoring with 3 minutes, 47 seconds remaining.
Winston was 6 for 12 for 144 yards and the four touchdowns to go with zero interceptions. Corcoran had 118 yards receiving and two scores, while Harding added 26 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Loehr led the Wildcats with 78 yards rushing while Andrew Reuf added 62, Pichardo registered 46 and JJ Jimenez recorded 30.
For Monument, Beverly rushed for 39 yards while Caleb Carlson rushed for 32 and threw for 23. Taron Reiners led the Spartans with 20 yards receiving.
Both teams await their next opponents. Lee is playoff-bound, with a possible home game after Greylock's loss to Amherst.
Meanwhile, Monument will be on the road should it sneak into the playoffs. Otherwise, two consolation games await the Spartans as they try and close out their first winning season since 2014.
Lee 14 14 7 6 — 41
Monument 0 0 0 0 — 0
L — Jake Corcoran 16 pass from Homer Winston (Will Consolati kick), 7:41.
L — Ben Harding 7 pass from Winston (Consolati kick), 3:14.
L — Corcoran 80 pass from Winston (kick blocked), 8:58.
L — Harding 1 pass from Winston (Harding run), 0:08.
L — Lukas Loehr 7 run (Consolati kick), 0:44.
L — Omar Pichardo 2 run (kick failed), 3:47.
First Downs 13 4
Rushes-Yards 31-216 26-101
Com-Att-Int 6-12-0 2-9-1
Passing Yards 144 23
Total Yards 360 124
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-0
Penalties-Yards 6-56 7-75
RUSHING - L: Lukas Loehr 11-78, Andrew Reuf 7-62, Omar Pichardo 5-46, JJ Jiminez 7-30, Homer Winston 1-0. M: Tyrell Beverly 10-39, Caleb Carlson 7-32, John Field 7-14, Kadin Shafiroff 1-15, Dorian Page 1-1.
PASSING - L: Winston 6-12-0 144. M: Carlson 2-9-1 23.
RECEIVING - L: Jake Corcoran 3-118, Ben Harding 3-26. M: Taron Reiners 1-20, Beverly 1-3.
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