WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mount Greylock football team didn’t think a 22-point half time lead was enough, so it added eight more on the first drive of the third quarter.
It didn’t take long. Just three plays and 43 seconds to cover 75 yards and put up the final touchdown in a 30-0 rout over a short-handed Hoosac Valley team. The win was the 30th in a row for Greylock dating back to the 2009 season.
"At the half we were only up 22-0, they could have easily come back from that," running back Ethan Ryan said.
Ryan covered most of the 75 yards with two carries. His second going 44 yards down the right sideline over a Hoosac defender and through two more for the touchdown.
"I just went outside and the kid went low so I went high," Ryan said. "Then I lowered my head made contact and then saw some green so I sprinted in. I think it dragged their momentum down, and I think that’s what really set the tone for the second half."
Daivon Clement had the other carry on the drive, a 20-yard jaunt sandwiched between two Ryan carries.
"I felt like we could run the ball to the outside a lot," Greylock coach Shawn Flaherty said. "So when push came to shove that’s where we went."
The second half touchdown run was Ryan’s second long burst of the day. In the second quarter facing a third-and-18, Ryan snapped off a 34-yard run.
"I don’t think that helped," Hoosac coach Dayne
The other Mountie score came on a Hank Barrett toss to Brett McCormack for 26 yards.
Ryan had 148 yards on the ground and two scores. Clement added seven carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.
"The line just made it happen," Clement said. "They pushed their guys forward and just drove them back, it was all the line."
While Greylocks’ top two backs enjoyed success, it was clear Hoosac Valley was missing a few running backs. Blake Gaylord, Cory Gallup and Tyler Mach all missed the game. Mach was taken out of the lineup late in the week with an injury.
Junior Colby Gage did most of the heavy lifting in the loss. He ran the ball for 55 yards on 14 attempts.
"We knew Colby was going to be the guy coming into this game," Poirot said. "I felt like him and Ian Hill worked very hard and stuck their noses in there and got some yards."
Hoosac had a hard time getting anything going offensively, picking up just 90 yards and getting just four first downs. The Mounties seemed to have a man in the back field the entire night, including a blocked punt in the second quarter that set up the third Mountie score of the game.
"We keep on seeing the improvement with the line and it’s great," Flaherty said. "The game is always going to be won on that line, whether it’s offense or defense, that’s going to be what wins you football games."
The Mounties will enjoy the state’s longest active winning streak for at least a day. Duxbury High School takes the field at 4 p.m. on Saturday. With Friday night’s win, the streak now includes five wins over Hoosac Valley.
"It’s a lot of weight on our shoulders, every game," Clement said. "Every game it’s like ‘We don’t want to lose the streak.’ But we just want to go in every time and play as hard as we can."
Ethan Ryan shares similar feelings.
"It’s hard to think about it, I mean 30 games," Ryan said. "To me it’s 3-0 and 4-0, that’s what means the most to me this season. You know ... 30 games is a really big number. It feels good to come out and say that."
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