Mount Greylock football scores 52, defeats Drury
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NORTH ADAMS >> The Mount Greylock football team's bid for an undefeated regular season and an Intercounty West championship got off to rocky start on Saturday against Drury.
Drury's Thaylen Harrison intercepted Greylock quarterback Michael Wellspeak on the Mounties' first play of the game. Four plays later, on fourth and long, Obilio Rodriguez connected with Hayden Bird on a streak down the right sideline for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
The Blue Devils took a six-point lead, but No. 7 Greylock was never fazed. The Mounties responded with 52 unanswered points, leading to a 52-12 victory. The win completes the 8-0 season and gives the Mounties (8-0, 4-0) their first Intercounty West title.
"It was a stupid play call on my part. Bad play to start the game," Greylock coach Andrew Agostini said of the play that led to an interception. "We weren't worried. We know we can move the ball, we know we can play good defense and it was one score. To beat us you're going to have to score multiple times."
After the early miscue, Agostini chose to keep the ball on the ground. The Mounties marched on a 17-play drive that featured only one pass attempt. Wellspeak capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. It was all Greylock from then on.
The Blue Devils (3-5, 2-2) needed the win to become postseason eligible. Instead, they finished the regular season just under .500. They could not build on their fast start Saturday, but the team's shown improvement after winning only two games last season.
"Its [about] experience for us," Drury coach Seth Shepard said. "Our biggest thing is football experience, football IQ — the kids are starting to get it — but [Greylock's] a hell of a football team."
When given time, Rodriguez did a nice job of finding the open receiver, but he got little help from his running game. The Blue Devils managed just four yards on the ground. Conversely, Greylock leaned on its ground game early, only to go to the air to put the game away.
After Wellspeak's rushing touchdown, he threw four passing touchdowns, with a Devin Pelletier rushing score in between. He threw two scores to Brandon Condon for nine yards and 18 yards, respectively. The latter two scores went to Sean McCormack for 43 yards and 27 yards, respectively. Wellspeak finished with 176 yards on 9 of 12 passing. Condon finished with 80 yards on six catches. McCormack finished with 70 yards on two catches.
Greylock's win puts it in good position for a No. 2 seed in the Western Mass. Division IV-A tournament. Ware, whom Greylock defeated 34-27 in Week 3, is the likely opponent.
D — Hayden Bird 15 pass from Obilio Rodriguez (run failed), 9:13.
M — Michael Wellspeak 6 run (Devin Pelletier run), :40.7.
M — Brandon Condon 9 pass from Wellspeak (pass failed), 6:40.
M — Condon 18 pass from Wellspeak (Cal Messina run), 5:13.
M — Pelletier 2 run (Wellspeak run), :39.
M — Sean McCormack 43 pass from Wellspeak (Messina run), 7:29.
M — McCormack 27 pass from Wellspeak (Pelletier run), 4:37.
M — Tyler Carnevale 7 run (run failed), 7:13.
D — Zach Yeaton 13 pass from Rodriguez (run failed), 3:50.
RUSHING — Greylock: Mike Wellspeak 10-67, Devin Pelletier 13-63, Cal Messina 6-30, Taylor Cummings 5-11, Tyler Carnevale 6-31, Jude Rourke 1-4. Drury: Jamal Beda 6-(minus 6), Thaylen Harrsion 2-(minus 2), Obilio Rodriguez 2-10, Nate Hillard 1-(minus 4).
PASSING — Greylock: Wellspeak 9-12-1 176. Rouke 0-2-0 0. Drury: Rodriguez 9-22-1 85.
RECEIVING — Greylock: Brandon Condon 6-80, Reilly Parker 1-26, Sean McCormack 2-70. Drury: Hayden Bird 5-43, Harrison 2-14, Hillard 1-15, Zach Yeaton 1-13.
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