Beverly, Monument Mountain football team run away from Drury in 40-16 win
NORTH ADAMS — Monument Mountain running back/defensive back Tyrell Beverly needed all of three touches to put his stamp on Saturday's game against Drury.
His first carry went for a 60-yard touchdown, untouched through the Blue Devils defense. He showed his skills as a defensive back on Drury's next drive, intercepting a pass and returning it 81 yards for another score. That score put Monument ahead for good, but he wasn't finished.
After another Drury interception, the speedy junior scored on a 57-yard run, adding insurance points and helping the Spartans earn a 40-16 win. Beverly rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries.
"Just beat them to the outside because I'm faster than most of them," Beverly said when asked how he generates such long runs. "I wasn't thinking about breaking it to the outside all the time, but I saw that that was open, so I just hit that most of the time."
Beverly used his speed, vision and shifty moves to run through the Blue Devils defense. His best carry wasn't his longest run, but it showcased how difficult he is to stop. He took a handoff heading left, spun away from a defender, made another defender miss with a juke, cut hard back to his right and turned it into high gear for a 27-yard score. The run put Monument up 32-8 with 36.9 seconds left in the second quarter.
"I knew we were going to have trouble with [Beverly]," Drury coach Al Marceau said. "We just can't man up physically against him. He's doing jump-cuts out there, making people miss. When they breakdown and try to catch him, he runs them over. He's a good back. ... Other than [Cal] Messina from Greylock, he's the best back we've seen all year."
Defensively, the Monument secondary was consistently in the right position to intercept Drury passes. Caleb Carlson had three interceptions, all coming in the first half. The Spartans scored 24 points off of takeaways.
"Practice," Beverly said about the secondary's ability to force turnovers. "We practice our spots. We taught ourselves to stay back and keep the receiver in front of us and watch the ball."
Turnovers plagued Drury, but when it wasn't giving the ball away, the offense actually moved down the field well. Frankie Cooper burst through the left side of Monument's defense on Drury's opening drive for a 56-yard touchdown. Monument needed just one play to respond, but the big play is a sign of progress for the winless Blue Devils. Cooper rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Obilio Rodriguez threw for 100 yards, including a 14-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to Peyton Barnes. Barnes was Rodriguez's favorite target (three catches for 26 yards) and he snagged an interception deep in the red zone, as well.
Monument's win helps it keep pace in a tight race for the last spot in the Western Massachusetts Division VII tournament. A win next week at Lee would go a long way in improving the Spartans' chances of getting into the postseason.
Monument coach Chris D'Aniello said he's not worried about numbers or Walker ratings — he's focused on getting ready for the Wildcats.
"These guys work really hard. We're a tough little team here," he said. "The playoffs are great. Just to have the opportunity to play high school football is great for us. ... With the playoffs, we're just worried about Lee. We take it one day at a time, one game at a time."
Monument 24 16 0 0 — 40
Drury 8 0 0 8 — 16
D — Frankie Cooper 56 run (Dante Woodson pass from Obilio Rodriguez), 7:54.
M — Tyrell Beverly 60 run (John Field run), 7:36.
M — Beverly 81 interception return (Caleb Carlson run), 4:45.
M — Beverly 57 run (Dylan Tinker pass from Carlson), 3:34.
M — Beverly 18 run (Field run), 2:09.
M — Beverly 27 run (Dorian Page), :36.9
D — Peyton Barnes 14 pass from Rodriguez (Cooper pass from Rodriguez), 7:34.
First Downs 12 15
Rushes-yards 26-296 32-146
Comp-att-int 0-3-1 9-20-4
Passing yards 0 100
Penalties-yards 5-55 3-25
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-2
RUSHING — Monument: Tyrell Beverly 8-182, Dorian Page 5-32, John Field 6-65, Caleb Carlson 5-8, Kenny Zucco 2-9. Drury: Frankie Cooper 20-84, Peyton Barnes 3-27, Dante Woodson 3-3, Obilio Rodriguez 6-32.
PASSING — Monument: Carlson 0-2. Zucco 0-1-1. Drury: Rodriguez 9-19-3 100, Barnes 0-1-1.
RECEIVING — Drury: Barnes 3-26, Woodson 3-21, Tim Brazeau 2-29, Tim Koloc 1-24.
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