Drury football co-op, playing in Mount Greylock uniforms, rolls to win over Athol

{child_byline}By Jake Mendel, The Berkshire Eagle{/child_byline}

WILLIAMSTOWN — The transition from Mountie to Blue Devil hasn’t necessarily been easy for the handful of Mount Greylock students suiting up for Drury this year. However, on Saturday afternoon, the athletes from the Drury and Mount Greylock co-op football team played in Mountie red at John T. Allen field and ran all over Athol, winning their fifth-straight game with a 48-14 victory.

“It felt great to play on the field [at Mount Greylock],” junior linemen Will McDonough said. “What we mostly appreciate is that all the Drury guys were into it to. We were all happy to be [at Mount Greylock] and I think I even played harder just being here.”

Drury (5-1) running backs Dante Woodson and Louis Guillotte stole the show, combining for 259 yards on 24 carries and five offensive touchdowns.

An offensive line that includes McDonough, Connor Bolte, Alan Marceau and Ryan Goss created running lanes all afternoon.

“Everything has fallen into place in terms of blocking and pre-snap penalties,” slot receiver Anthony Pettengill said. “The progress has been awesome.”

The Blue Devils had a bumpy start to the season with a loss at Monument, but as they say — winning cures everything.

“The [Greylock] players that came over weren’t excited initially, but we decided to stick with it,” McDonough said. “We got to know all the guys and they’re all great. We became good friends and the coaching staff here is great. Once the season really amped up we became one full team.”

Drury’s success starts with big plays defensively and on special teams. Woodson took the opening kickoff 60 yards down to the Athol (0-6) one-yard line. He was quickly awarded for his efforts with the touchdown run. The Drury defense followed with a quick three-and-out, but a fumble by a Drury running back was returned 50 yards to the house by Athol safety Shea Brennan. Jacob Smith then ran in the two-point try to give Athol an 8-7 lead. That wasn’t the last we heard from Smith, as he took a slant pass 81 yards to the house in the second quarter.

Drury doesn’t lean on the passing game, but with a loaded box, quarterback Keeghan Vidal has Pettengill as a great option underneath. Vidal completed two of his three passes in the first half, both to Pettengill, for 21 yards to help move the sticks.

“Keeghan and I work a lot at practice,” Pettengill said. “We’ll always try to throw ball around when we can in order to keep that connection.”

Vidal added just one completion in second half, but it went 31 yards and was worth six points as he found Payton Barnes all alone on the left side of the field.

Mount Greylock’s Patrick Ross knocked his fourth extra point through the uprights to give Drury a 34-14 lead early in the third.

The Blue Devil defense held the Red Raiders to just 14 yards of offense in the second half and Skylar Richards added an interception of Athol’s Caleb Cox to help maintain the second-half shutout.

Guillotte, a freshmen who has quickly developed into one of the best punt returners in the County, returned a kick 80-yards for a touchdown with two minutes remaining in the third to finish off Drury’s scoring on the afternoon with the Blue Devils led 48-14.

Guillotte scored two of his three touchdowns in the third quarter. For Woodson, he did his damage in the first half, scoring three times all from within the five-yard line. However, four of his nine carries in the first half went for 10-plus yards and he finished with an average of roughly 10 yards per carry, which complimented Guillotte’s 12 yards per carry on 12 attempts.

The Blue Devils have now won three-straight games by double-digits and McDonough credits their win at Pathfinder as the game that really got the co-op rolling.

“Once we got that third win of the season we started to get that drive,” he explained. “Now we are feeling good, but we have to ramp it up for the playoffs. Everybody is a bit more into and I think we all got a bit more excited the more we won.”

Drury entered action on Saturday ranked third in D-VIII and will play at second-ranked Ware next week before ending the regular season against Mohawk.

“[The winning streak] feels great,” Pettengill said. “But our job isn’t done and we have a lot of unfinished business.”

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Athol 8 6 0 0 — 14

Drury 14 13 21 0 — 48

First Quarter

D — Dante Woodson 1 run (Patrick Ross kick), 11:38.

A — Shea Brennan 22 fumble return (Jacob Smith run), 9:40.

D — Guillotte 5 run (Ross kick), 1:59.

Second Quarter

D — Woodson 5 run (Ross kick), 8:56.

A — Smith 81 pass from Caleb Cox (pass failed), 7:28.

D — Woodson 1 run (pass failed), 3:15.

Third Quarter

D — Payton Barnes 31 pass from Keeghan Vidal (Ross kick), 10:03.

D — Guillotte 5 run (kick failed), 3:59.

D — Guillotte 80 punt return (Anthony Pettengill run), 1:51.

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TEAM STATS

A D

First Downs 3 16

Rushes-yards 19-44 44-356

Com-Att-Int 3-7-1 3-5-0

Passing yards 108 52

Total yards 152 408

Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-1

Turnovers 2 1

Penalties-yards 3-20 8-55

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INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING — A: Smith 4-11, Keegan Lutz 2-9, Brennan 3-5, #0 1- (-3), Manny O’Lari 8-20, Cox 1-2. D: Woodson 12-118, Seth Shulteis 3-17, Guillotte 12-141, Vidal 6-7, #16 2-9, Austin Gross 3-21, Preston Maruck 1-2, Skylar Richards 4-30, Hunter Marceau 1-1.

PASSING — A: Cox 3-7-108. D: Vidal 3-5-52.

RECEIVING — A: Vincent Gordon 1-12, Smith 2-96. D: Pettengill 2-21, Barnes 1-31.

Jake Mendel can be reached at Jmendel@berkshireeagle.com, @Jmendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.