Monadnock lays waste to ConVal
Cougars manage only 14 total yards in 42-0 rout against unbeaten Huskies
The Cougars found themselves outmatched Saturday when they traveled to Monadnock to face an undefeated Huskies team. The physically dominant Huskies have faced little in the way of resistance this season – in fact, they’ve yet to face a team with a winning record. Regardless of their opponents’ strength of schedule, the Cougars were able to offer little resistance themselves.
ConVal struggled on the ground, as it has all season, and with the Huskies defense breaking through to the backfield all game long, the Cougars actually ended up with minus-6 rushing yards on the day.
“Our running game was really ineffective,” head coach Ryan McCartney said. “Our problem is that we don’t get any push up front.”
The already-struggling Cougar rushing game was further hindered by a depleted offensive line, which was missing both a starting guard and a starting tackle due to injury. Meanwhile, Huskies senior captain Drew Bolewski ran all over the Cougars, racking up 135 yards en route to his 5th, 6th and 7th touchdowns of the season.
“He’s a specimen,” McCartney said. “He runs hard, he runs confident. You’re not going to arm tackle a guy like that.”
Bolewski’s backfield mate Isaiah Prince (the Dash to Bolewski’s Smash?) added another 73 rushing yards and a score. Even though Monadnock seemingly had its way with ConVal on the ground, McCartney stressed that the Cougars’ defensive effort was a strong one.
“We were trying to slow down their offense,” McCartney said, “and we did a good job of that. You look at a score like 42-0, you would think the defense got shredded, but we accomplished a lot of what we were trying to do.”
The Cougars defense saw the field for quite some time Saturday, including a second quarter in which they were on the field for nine full minutes of gameplay. Turnovers were the culprit here; at one point, ConVal fumbled two consecutive kickoff returns, forcing their defense to play four straight possessions with no rest.
“You certainly can’t give a team that’s 6-0 playing with a lot of confidence any extra opportunities, but we did,” McCartney said.
ConVal senior Jordan Loll made a dozen tackles in the game, while senior Riordan McCole added eight of his own.
Next up for the Cougars is rival Souhegan on Friday night (7 p.m. at ConVal). The Sabers are 1-5 on the season.