Monument Mountain sprints past Belchertown, improves to 3-0 in football
Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect a change in the scoring
BELCHERTOWN — Tyrell Beverly once again ran wild, John Field helped to score a touchdown on both sides of the ball and the Monument Mountain football team rolled to a 38-14 win over Belchertown on Thursday night to make the Spartans 3-0 on the year.
Beverly rushed for 208 yards on 15 carries, taking his first touch of the game 54 yards for a score before following up with rushing scores of 44 yards later in the first quarter and a 21-yard scamper that spanned about 50 yards to cap the scoring late in the fourth. In between, the Spartans scored twice in six seconds, as Field pounded in a one-yard run with 5 seconds left in the third quarter, then stripped Belchertown's Ryan French in the end zone and Drew Esoldi recovered it with time expired.
"These guys are working hard," Monument coach Chris D'Aniello said. "We lost a lot of seniors last year, so we are taking this young team right here and asking them to do a lot. I'm happy, I'm really happy, even though sometimes I might not seem like I'm satisfied, because I'm not, I want the best for these guys, and we've worked hard for it."
Field's scores proved vital in a contest that seemed firmly in Monument's favor, without the requisite cushion the Spartans needed to feel safe.
Field's rushing touchdown came on the back of a nine-play drive that started when the Spartan defense forced the Orioles (0-4) into a turnover on downs at the Monument 33-yard line. Beverly and Field both carried the load on the drive, but it was Field that pushed the ball into the end zone.
Belchertown got the ball back on its own 12-yard line. A holding call pushed the Orioles back to their own six, then a false start put the ball at the three. When Belchertown finally got a play off, Field busted through the heart of the offensive line, then put his paw on French, pulled the ball loose and Esoldi hopped on it for the score.
"Coach just told me to watch the ball, and as soon as it was snapped, I went," said Field (8 carries, 40 yards), who was a presence all over the field in the game. "I knew they didn't see me coming, since I had broken through on a couple blitzes before. I saw them try to hand it off, and when I saw it I tried to punch the ball as I tackled him, and it was just enough to knock the ball out of his grasp."
The scores also allowed the senior to finally feel comfortable with the game.
"That's when I knew we had it," he said. "It was way closer than I wanted it to be, personally. But once those two touchdowns came, I knew we put it away even though it wasn't where we wanted it to be."
And while Field helped cap the game, it was Beverly who got his team rolling. On the first play from scrimmage, the junior tailback hit the left sideline and kicked on the afterburners. On the next series, Beverly had a tame - by his standards - five-yard carry and a six-yard completion on a pass from Caleb Carlson to put the ball at the Belchertown 44. On the next play, Beverly hit the hole, broke multiple tackles in a mess of players, then busted back outside for the score.
"I knew we had to come out with a bang," said Beverly. "I told coach to give me the ball on the first play, so I had to get it and just run it in."
Beverly capped the scoring with his most dramatic run of the day. On the 21-yard line, Beverly initially took a sweep left. But seeing no open space, Beverly looked back across the field, saw Carlson as a potential blocker and went for it.
"I didn't have a hole to go to on the last one, so I saw the whole other side of the field was wide open, so I cut it back," said Beverly. "I had one blocker, which was my quarterback. I was just praying for him not to get hit hard."
Belchertown, meanwhile, couldn't get much going on offense. Quarterback John Flick scored the opener on a one-yard carry in the second quarter, but his team only had 51 yards of total offense in the first two periods. His touchdown was set up by the lone blemish of Monument's offensive night - an interception by Carlson.
After the third-quarter debacle, Ben Lovett (16 carries, 104 yards) got his team's final touchdown on a three-yard carry that capped a 83-yard drive.
Monument outgained Belchertown 276 to 171 for the game, and the Spartans recovered two fumbles. Kadin Shafiroff scooped up the other loose ball.
Now, the undefeated Spartans - who are also 2-0 in the Intercounty South - turn their sights to Mount Greylock next Saturday at home. The Mounties, also sitting at 2-0 in the league, are at Lee Friday.
"3-0 is great for these guys, they should be so proud of themselves," said D'Aniello. "We are just going to do the best we can, and be competitive every week. That's what we want to be. We have to eliminate some of the mistakes and the problems that we have. We know what they are. We got better at that tonight, but we can't make those mistakes against Greylock."
Monument Mountain 16 0 14 8 - 38
Belchertown 0 6 0 8 - 14
MM - Tyrell Beverley 54 run (John Field run), 10:42
MM - Beverly 44 run (Field run), 4:13
B - John Flick 1 run (run failed), 7:02
MM - Field 1 run (run failed), :05.7
MM - Drew Esoldi fumble recovery (Field run), 0:00
B - Ben Lovett 3 run (Lovett run), 6:32
MM - Beverly 21 (Caleb Carlson run), 1:13
First Downs 13 9
Rushes-yards 33-270 30-171
Passing yards 6 0
Att-comp-int 4-1-1 6-0-0
Penalties-yards 3-20 5-28
Fumbles-lost 3-0 5-2
RUSHING — MM: Tyrell Beverly 15-208, John Field 8-40, Max Buffoni 5-15, Caleb Carlson 5-7. B: Ben Lovett 16-104, Callaghan Daskam 5-20, N/A 5-50, John Flink 3-0, Ryan French 1-(minus) 3
PASSING — MM: Carlson 1-4. B: Flink 0-6.
RECEIVING — MM: Beverly 1-6.
Reach Geoff Smith at 413-496-6254 or @GSmith_Eagle.
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