BLANCHARD – Montabella came into its football game against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart feeling good about its chances against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.
However the Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season, losing to the Irish 35-6 Friday night.
“They (Sacred Heart) dominated the line of scrimmage offensively and defensively and we didn’t have an answer for it,” Montabella coach David Clay said.
The Irish (2-2, 2-0) started the game with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mitchell Myler to Brooks Hyble just 2:32 into the game. Three and a half minutes later Nicholas Hire ran in from five yards out to give Sacred Heart a 14-0 lead.
Myler and Hyble hooked up again in the second quarter from 18 yards away, and the Irish led 21-0 going into the locker room.
“We had guys in good position but we weren’t firing off the ball,” Clay said. “We just weren’t executing as the defense was desecrated.”
The Montabella offense had only 60 yards gained during the first half, but also had 45 yards in penalties in that timee span.
“Offensively our offensive line didn’t get pressure,” Clay said. “They (Sacred Heart) were able to stuff our run game because the offensive line didn’t fire off the ball.”
Still, Clay was trying to keep his team positive in the locker room.
“We were down 14-0 at Evart and came back to win that game,” Clay said. “We had the open routes. We just had to execute.”
The Mustangs (3-1, 0-1) did get their score with 3:23 left in the third quarter on on off-tackle run by quarterback Charles Helmer.
But it didn’t take long for the Irish to get that back, as Myler found Nolan Briggs on a deep corner pattern for six, and Luke Goenner added another score in the fourth quarter, converting a Helmer interception into points.
Montabella had chances to get scores, Clay noted.
“Penalties killed two touchdown drives,” he said.
One of those was a 28-yard run by Logan Burns in the fourth quarter, but it was called back on an illegal use of hands penalty. The other was Helmer’s interception.
Helmer finished 9-of-20 for 135 yards and two interceptions. Burns was the high rusher with 14 carries for 55 yards. Helmer added 26 yards rushing.
Myler was 8-of-13 for 106 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. The Irish’s leading rusher was Hire with 18 carries for 89 yards.
Montabella will have to regroup before playing Ashley next Friday.
“We have to work on fundamentals,” Clay said. “We have to look at film and see if there is something we can do to prevent that from happening again. We have to keep those things polished up.”