KINGSTON — Monadnock certainly didn’t need any help.
Playing like a team that belonged at the top of the Division 5 standings, the Huskies played physically on both sides of the ball yesterday. It only made matters worse that Sanborn suffered eight fumbles, losing three, while struggling for offensive continuity during a 32-7 defeat.
The Indians (now 3-4) battled on defense behind linebackers Zach Matthews and Hunter Wagner along with lineman Nick Pettis, matching Monadnock’s brawn. But turnovers and poor field position created by errant snaps in the shotgun put Sanborn behind the eight-ball.
“Physically, we played a really good game,” said Sanborn head coach John Welch. “We were tough but that’s a really good team over there (in 5-1 Monadnock). We need to execute a little bit better at times.”
Behind Drew Bolewski (118 yards and two touchdowns), Dylan Lane (81 yards and a TD) and Dylan Bell (63 yards and a TD), Monadnock pounded out 323 yards of offense, all on the ground.
Sanborn’s only touchdown came when wide receiver Jackson Morton took a second-quarter pitchout going to his right and lofted a perfect pass to running back Mike Rich for a 35-yard scoring connection.
Momentum changer: After Morton’s TD throw, which cut Monadnock’s advantage to 18-7, junior Kevin Augusta spun a perfect onside kick that was recovered cleanly by teammate Brendan Hamilton at the Huskies 46. With an opportunity to close within a score, Sanborn instead lost yardage on third-and-short then fumbled that ball over to Monadnock on fourth down.
Opportunities were there: Sanborn had its chances, driving into Monadnock territory on three of its second-half possessions, the deepest to the Huskies 27. All three drives ended on downs.
Defining the division: With the playoff picture essentially settled, what does Sanborn do now?
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Welch. “Our goal now is to get ready for Bow starting (tomorrow).”