ORANGE — After its first bye week of the season, the Monument Mountain football team trekked north on the outside looking in to the Division VII West hoping to eke its way into the postseason picture. But after 48 minutes of play between Monument and the Mahar Senators, the Spartans are still out in the cold.
The Spartans fell 41-7 to the Senators, dropping their second game in a row and falling below .500 for the first time in 2019.
Following the 100-minute bus ride from Great Barrington, the Spartans came out of the gates slow, costing them dearly on the game’s opening possessions.
Mahar drove down the field on its first possession, then blocked a Monument punt and recovered it at the 1-yard line, setting up a second touchdown within the game’s first seven minutes and setting the Spartans back.
Acting coach Chris D’Aniello – who took the reins with coach Dennis Martin out of town – said that while every game is a learning experience for a young Monument roster, the goal is still to win, which makes such a start difficult to process.
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