“Our defense was terrible,” said Monty Tech coach Anthony Secino. “Offensively, we did some good things, we made some plays. But defensively, we couldn’t stop a nosebleed.”
The young Bulldogs (2-9), who start just two seniors, were unable to match the Vikings’ size and strength up front and got the worst of the battles in the trenches.
“They just out-muscled us up front,” said Secino. “Our front six just got pushed around.”
Offensively, Monty Tech had its moments and was able to stay with Nashoba Tech (8-4) — for a time.
Junior Damitrius Sayarath led the Bulldog attack with 127 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Sophomore Matteo Serrano (10 carries, 72 yards) ran for one touchdown and caught a TD pass from freshman quarterback TJ Farr.
It took just five plays for the Vikings to march down the field at the start of the game, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run by Eramo to take a 6-0 lead.
Monty Tech answered right back, with a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive. Serrano found the end zone with a spectacular 35-yard touchdown run. Farr found Savon Hughes for the two-point conversion, and Monty Tech had an 8-6 lead over the Central Mass. Division 8 champion.
But the momentum was short-lived, as Eramo scored from 13 yards out to give Nashoba Tech the lead for good. Norton ran for the two-point conversion to make it 14-8.
After forcing a punt, the Vikings added to their lead early in the second quarter on a highlight-reel, 65-yard touchdown run by Eramo.
Trailing, 22-8, Monty Tech showed it still had some fight, putting together a 59-yard scoring drive, capped by a 16-yard touchdown run by Sayarath. Serrano ran in the conversion and Monty Tech had trimmed the lead to 22-16 with 5:37 to play in the half.
But that was as close as the Bulldogs could get. Nashoba Tech simply had too much firepower for Monty Tech to be able to keep pace.
Eramo hit Jose Soba on an 18-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 28-16. Then, after forcing a punt and taking over with just 1:37 to play before intermission, the Vikings showed outstanding clock management, as they marched 58 yards in 10 plays. Eramo put an exclamation point on his impressive performance with a 2-yard touchdown run on the final play of the half. Nelson’s two-point conversion made it 34-16 at the break.
Monty Tech’s defense played better in the second half, but Nashoba Tech still got a 1-yard touchdown run by Nelson in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 40-16 and ending any hopes Monty had for a comeback.