Football beats Berkshire 12-8
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Football team earned another great win for the 2014 season, beating the Berkshire School 12-8 on the turf at WMA Sept. 27.
The game came down to the final play, with the Titans winning after forcing a pass by the Berkshire quarterback to sail out of the end zone.
“It was a really hot day and we hadn’t been in that type of heat for a little while, so for our guys to come through was incredibly fun to watch and it was exciting to see them pull out the win,” WMA Coach Jeff Vartabedian said. “We’re so incredibly proud of the effort the guys put in.
“The guys dug down deep. The d-line and linebackers played really well. The effort and pursuit on the defensive side of the ball was a key to the game.”
The Titans, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first in more than seven years, have allowed just three touchdowns this season.
Caelen Etti ’17 scored on a one-yard run late in the first quarter, and quarterback Jack Faulstick ’16 found Max Alpert ’15 for a 14-yard strike midway through the third quarter as WMA took a 12-0 lead. Berkshire scored early in the fourth quarter to pull within 12-8 before the game was decided on the final two series.
Jack gave WMA a huge lift when he converted a third-and-long situation with a 22-yard run with five minutes remaining, putting the ball in Berkshire territory. The Titans eventually punted, but they took key time off the clock and pushed the Bears back to their 15-yard line.
Berkshire moved the ball down the field on its final position, and had a first down-and-goal from the six-yard line with less than a minute to play. A holding penalty against the Bears pushed them back, and the Titans’ defense held strong on the final four plays of the game.
Overall, WMA stopped Berkshire three times on fourth down situations – all inside the Titans’ 35-yard line. Defensively, Aaron Louis ’15 and Miles Nallen ’15 led WMA with 15 tackles, with Drew Mele ’15 had nine. Shungo Tanaka ’17 picked off a pass for the first interception of his young career, accounting for the only turnover of the game.