Perfection For Mount Greylock Football
The Mounties hoist the school's first Super Bowl trophy in a decade.
The Mounties finished the season undefeated, 12-0, and captured the school's first title since 2000 on a cold evening at Westfield State University's Alumni Field.
Senior Jason Pilot led the way with 204 rushing yards and a touchdown in his last high school game.
"It feels great to go out like this," Pilot said after the game. "Our offensive line played great and we just overpowered them."
Athol had no answer for Greylock's running game. The Mounties marched down the field with the game's first possession and quarterback Kent Hanson finished it off with a 10-yard touchdown run. But Athol came right back and it only took the Red Raiders a few plays before quarterback Eric Lafountain found Dakota Melanson for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
The Mounties came back with another touchdown run by speedster Kurt Schultheis, who finished the day with 82 rushing yards and a touchdown, and then the team's defense came alive. The Mounties stopped Athol's lethal passing attack to get the ball back. Pilot broke off a 45-yard run and then pounded the ball in from the 4-yard-line to take a 22-8 lead.
On Athol's subsequent positions, Greylock forced and recovered a fumble and then Tyler Picard picked off Lafountain and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown, sending Greylock into halftime with a 28-8 lead.
"We want to be a fast, hard-hitting defense that stops them before they can even run a play and that's what we did," senior Kevin Agostini said.
Jason Pilot dives into the endzone. The senior ran for 204 yards and one touchdown.
Desperate to climb back into the game, Athol pulled out its bag of tricks and came out throwing in the fourth. Lafountain connected with Melanson again for a touchdown cutting the lead to 34-14. Melanson, who leads Western Massachusetts in receiving yards, finished the day with 105 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
But the hook and latters, reverses, onside kicks and flea flickers were not going to be enough for Athol to climb back. Greylock linebacker Marston Albert cemented the win by picking off Lafountain late in the fourth.
There was nothing tricky about the Mounties offensive game plan, the Mounties attempted only four passes all game.
"I'm really impressed with the kids. Athol is big and tough and physical but our offensive line had a great day," head coach Shawn Flaherty said. "Jason had a great day."
Hundreds of Greylock fans braved the 20-degree weather to see the school's first championship in a decade and Flaherty's first as head coach.
"These championships don't come often so you have to enjoy them," Agostini said. "I'm ecstatic."
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