CHESHIRE -- A 30-point victory usually means someone leaves the field happy. That was not the case when Hoosac Valley and Monument Mountain parted ways Saturday afternoon.
The Hurricanes scratched out a 36-6 win over the Spartans, but players and coaches seemed to take away more negatives than positives.
"We didn't execute. We didn't communicate well at all," Hoosac's Matt Braman said. "Defensively, honestly, we didn't play well at all defensively. We should have zero points on the board instead of six."
For Hoosac, it was about execution and intensity. Monument was concerned with the penalties and big mistakes. The difference was Hoosac overcame its shortcomings with the help of some big plays.
The biggest came from its biggest playmaker so far, Ty Mach. The junior speedster took the second-half kickoff 70 yards, breaking a couple arm tackles along the way, to give Hoosac a 22-0 lead. Monument didn't recover until it was too late.
"If there's a game-changing moment, that was it right there for us," Monument assistant coach Chris D'Aniello said. "I think we never recovered after that."
Until that point, Monument was very much in the game. The Spartans' intensity was creating problems for Hoosac up front. The Hurricanes found a couple of big plays in the first half, though, to take and extend their lead.
Mach caught a 26-yard pass to set up a 2-yard Matt Koperniak touchdown run in the second quarter. Braman followed up with a 74-yard reception to Monument's 6-yard line on the next possession. Mach finished it off with a 3-yard dive. Braman later scored his second touchdown on a 66-yard fourth-quarter run off the right side.
Sophomore David O'Brien filled in for an ailing Ian Hill and was the Hurricane getting all the unnoticed yards between the tackles.
"I got to fill some pretty big shoes because Ian was hurt today, but I should have been a little more intense. I should have run a little lower," he said. "I got beat up up the middle a lot. The kids, they ended up getting lower pad levels than I did. I'm sore everywhere."
Monument moved the ball effectively against Hoosac in the first half, but penalties aided the Hurricanes' defensive efforts. Monument was flagged three times for 25 yards. The third infraction -- a delay of game penalty -- killed a promising drive inside Hoosac's 40-yard line.
A 30-yard completion to Connell Swenson two plays after Mach's kickoff return was negated because of an ineligible man down field call.
"Today, we had some penalties that hurt us and mistakes," D'Aniello said. "If we're going to play with a team like that, we can't make mistakes."
Hoosac wasn't able to capitalize on the stalled drives, though, keeping Monument in the game until another big play set Hoosac up for its fourth score. Koperniak found Brandon Tworig wide open for a 57-yard completion to the Monument 15. Braman then put Hoosac up 28-0 three plays later. His 66-yard jaunt rounded out the scoring.
Monument gained 108 yards in the second half, but 53 of those came on a pass from Ryle O'Brien to Brandon Perry. Braman chased him down and made a shoe-string tackle.
"Honestly, we played with more emotion in the second half," Braman said. "We came out really flat in the first half, and it was pretty disgusting to be quite honest."
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Hoosac Valley 36, Monument Mountain 6
Monument 0 0 0 6 -- 6
Hoosac Valley 0 14 14 8 -- 36
HV -- Matt Koperniak 2 run (kick failed), 8:09.
HV -- Ty Mach 3 run (Mach pass from Koperniak good), 1:02.
HV -- Mach 70 kick return (John Lewis pass from Koperniak good), 10:47.
HV -- Matt Braman 2 run (pass failed), 2:06.
MM -- Malik Wilbon (run failed), 6:03.
HV -- Braman 66 run (Brandown Tworig pass from Koperniak good), 5:47.
First downs 9 8
Rushes-yards 34-104 39-181
Passing yards 85 157
Comp-att-int 4-20-1 3-8-2
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 5-35 2-14
RUSHING -- MM: Peter Oggiani 8-35, Malik Wilbon 10-52, Ryle O'Brien 13-24, Terrance Powell 2-(minus 2), Team 1-(minus 5); HV: Matt Braman 8-119, David O'Brien 15-42, Ty Mach 6-22, Matt Koperniak 6-(minus 1), John Lewis 4-12.
PASSING -- MM: Ryle O'Brien 4-20-85-1; HV: Matt Koperniak 3-8-157-2.
RECEIVING -- MM: Hezikiah Adams 1-24, Malik Wilbon 1-2, Brandon Perry 2-59; HV: Ty Mach 1-26, Matt Braman 1-74, Brandon Tworig 1-57.