No. 9 Mount Greylock football drubs Mohawk to remain undefeated
BUCKLAND >> Michael Wellspeak threw for 149 yards and four touchdowns — all in the first half — to lead No. 9 Mount Greylock Regional High School to a 46-14 drubbing of Mohawk Trail Regional High School in an Intercounty League West football game Friday night at Pollard Field.
Wellspeak was nearly unstoppable for the Mounties, connecting on touchdown passes of 26, 53, 52 and 18 yards and going a perfect 5-for-5 passing in the first half to give Mount Greylock (6-0, 2-0 IL West) a commanding 40-6 halftime lead.
On the first possession of the evening, Wellspeak lobbed a 26-yard pass down the right sideline over the Warrior defense to Sean McCormack for the score to make it 6-0 after the point-after attempt was blocked.
Mohawk (3-3, 1-2 IL West) would then take the ensuing kick and move the ball onto the Mounties side of the field, but Greylock stood tall and stopped Mohawk on fourth down to regain possession. From there, Wellspeak chucked a 53-yard strike to Brandon Condon for a 12-0 lead after a failed point-after attempt.
The Warriors embarked on their best drive of the night after the second score, going 67 yards — all on the ground — to score a touchdown. Jordan Grenier scored for Mohawk, rumbling in from five yards out to cut the score to 12-6.
It looked as if the Warriors may have survived the initial punch from the visiting squad, but on the ensuing kickoff Cal Messina scooped up a bounding ball at the 11-yard line and returned the ball up the middle nearly untouched for an 89-yard score, leaving the score at 18-6 after the first quarter.
Wellspeak threw his last two touchdowns on the Mounties next two possessions. After the Mount Greylock defense recovered a Mohawk fumble, Wellspeak threw up a jump ball on 3-and-10 from near midfield to McCormack, who skied over the smaller Warrior defender, plucked the ball out of the air and trotted into the box for a 52-yard score. The Mount Greylock defense then forced Mohawk into a turnover on downs on its next possession and Wellspeak tossed an arching ball over the middle into the hands of Condon for an 18-yard score to give the Mounties a commanding 32-6 lead.
The Mount Greylock defense iced the game for good right before the halftime break, when defensive end Reece Gillette picked up a botched Warriors run play and sprinted 25 yards into the endzone for the defensive touchdown, slotting the Mounties a 40-6 halftime lead after the two point conversion.
While the score indicated a tough night for Mohawk, the Warriors moved the ball efficiently on offense. Grenier finished with 7 carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns while teammate Jonathan Herbert added 177 rushing yards on 23 attempts and Alex Shippee registered 39 yards on 9 rushes.
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