Resilient Hounds beat Serra, 50-20
Monessen football coach Andy Pacak admitted he was a bit out of sorts the last 24 hours leading up to Friday's Black Hills Conference game with Serra Catholic.
He said his mind often wandered to the arrest of three of his players the day before for having drugs and weapons in their lockers at the stadium.
However, he said he was glad his players dealt with the adversity of the previous day better than he did as the Greyhounds (5-1, 5-1) rolled out to a 42-6 lead en route to a 50-20 victory.
"We talked before the game about what was going on, and really, it's been pretty difficult for me and my staff," Pacak said. "But, I learned a long time ago from coach (Jack) Scarvel that kids are resilient. They really are. They bounce back faster than we give them credit for.
"Really, my kids have dealt with this better than me, and thank God for that."
The game was a strange one as the Greyhounds managed to run only 13 offensive plays the entire night. Monessen scored touchdowns on three of those plays and the Greyhounds scored on four special teams plays.
"There wasn't much of an opportunity to do much of anything," Pacak said. "I mean, we scored on a fumble recovery, we blocked a punt and scored, we returned a punt for a touchdown and we returned a kickoff for a touchdown, so we really didn't have the ball that much."
Monessen scored 20 first quarter points as Chavas Rawlins completed his only pass of the night to his brother, Justice, to make it 6-0.
R.J. Small then scooped up a fumble and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown to make it 12-0.
Kayne Jackson made it 20-0 when he returned a blocked punt 24 yards for a TD and Small ran in the two-point conversion.Leading 20-6 in the second quarter, Monessen went up 26-6 when Javon Brown on his only carry of the night raced 51 yards.
Chavas Rawlins returned a punt 69 yards for a TD and Gillaspie scored the two-point conversion to make it 34-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Monessen went up 42-6 when Gillaspie scored on a nine-yard run and Chavas Rawlins passed to Brown for the two-point conversion.
The Eagles (0-6, 0-6) got two fourth quarter touchdowns by Zac Quattrone on runs of 40 and seven yards before Monessen's Mark Blatnik returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown.
While Pacak was pleased with how his starters played, he wasn't so happy with the reserves, who gave up the two late TDs.
"When you stand there waiting to go in the game and you get your chance, you should be ready to play," Pacak said. "I wasn't too thrilled with how our young kids didn't take advantage of their chance to show what they could do."
Monessen hosts Imani Christian (5-1, 5-1) in a big conference battle Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.
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