No. 5 Monessen uses spread attack to rout Brentwood
Midway through the second quarter of Monessen's early-season showdown with Brentwood in the Black Hills Conference, the Spartans defense had the Greyhounds stymied.
On three possessions, Monessen had 13 yards and no first downs in a scoreless game.
Then Greyhound coach Andy Pacak went to the spread offense and put the ball in the hands of quarterback Noah Rullo.
The results were impressive.
Rullo completed 10 of 16 passes for 181 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 5 Greyhounds (2-0, 2-0) blew past stunned Brentwood, 33-7.
“We did not expect them to go to the spread,” Brentwood coach Kevin Kissel said. “All we said all week was that we wanted to shut their run down and force them to pass. We shut the run down, and their quarterback just killed us. We couldn't stop the passing game.”
“We like to run the ball because we have some talented kids back there,” Pacak said. “But we switched things up, and Noah threw some really nice passes that opened the game up.”
Rullo completed his first four passes for 59 yards and capped a 60-yard drive by hitting Clintell Gillaspie from 12 yards out to make it 6-0 with 5:15 left in the half.
The two hooked up for another touchdown, from 22 yards out, with three seconds left in the half for a 14-0 lead.
“That one before the half really hurt,” Kissel said.
In the second half, Rullo hooked up with Irvin Green for scores of 60 and 20 yards to make it 27-0 before the Spartans (1-1, 1-1) got on the board with a 25-yard pass from Connor McWilliams to Tyler Paranzino with 2:40 to play.
Kayne Jackson capped the scoring for Monessen with a 7-yard run.
McWilliams completed 15 of 25 passes for 138 yards. Paranzino had three receptions for 58 yards.
Javon Brown, who had minus-8 yards on his first seven carries, finished with 87 yards on 11 carries for Monessen.
Gillaspie had 104 combined yards rushing and receiving and two touchdowns.
Brentwood's Justin Vickless hurt his knee in the second quarter and left the game.
He carried just once in the second half and finished with 43 yards on 13 carries.
Jeff Oliver is a sports writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.