MANCHESTER — Manchester waited 39 years to exact revenge on North Adams and finally got it.
The two renewed their rivalry series Friday evening at Manchester as the Green Devils are in the process of resurrecting their football program and the two finally being able to put each other on the schedule.
The last time the two meet, North Adams came away with a 28-0 victory…in 1979. Friday, the Greyhounds were able to return the favor with a shutout, topping the Green Devils 6-0 for their second win of the season.
Avery Reed’s 10-yard run right before the half was the lone dent in the scoring column. The Greyhounds defense did the rest, holding the Green Devils to 35 yards in the contest.
“Very proud of the kids mental and physical toughness tonight. I thought that we did an outstanding job of executing the gameplan defensively,” Greyhounds coach Dustin Cook said. “They had some tendencies that we picked up on and able to go out and practice against those. We felt pretty confident about it and we were able to execute those. The kids just showed heart and effort defensively and were able to make plays.”
Reed later exited the game in what was a scary scene for a while as he was down on the field with an apparent neck injury. He was initially placed on a stretcher and put in the ambulance that was on site at the field, but later needed to be airlifted off the field as he waited in the ambulance.
“Scary situation for one of our kids. The good news is they air cared him to UC, hopefully it’s just precautionary. He was in good spirits right before he left and was able to move hands, feet, aware of kind of what was going on so from that standpoint hopefully everything checks out from there just as a precautionary tale,” Cook said.
Play was delayed over an hour and the crowd was moot with their concerns for the senior quarterback.
“He’s a great kid and prayers will be with him and his family. It really shook up our team and definitely will love to see him bounce back,” Cook said.
When play resumed, the Greyhounds played spirited football and were able to put together two drives that traveled into the Green Devils red zone, but were unable to punch the ball in the end zone from there.
“The big key is making sure that we execute. We’re just one or two little things away from breaking big plays and breaking through and being able to put up more points on the scoreboard,” Cook said.
However, they were able to have possession for 12:40 of the final 14:32 of the contest after play resumed from the delay.
The defense continued to hold the Green Devils in check as they forced two turnovers on two possessions once play resumed that included a fumble recovery from Jacob Johnson and a game-clinching interception from Brandon Baldwin with 21 seconds to play.
“Defensively things are starting to come together a little bit, guys are stepping in and making plays when their number is called and they’re able to give everything they have. We spoke this week on mental toughness and if they didn’t exhibit that tonight, then I don’t know if they ever will,” Cook said.
The win improves Manchester to 2-2 on the year and will return to action Friday when they host Sciotoville East.
Reed led the Greyhounds with 55 yards rushing and the score. Jacob Johnson, who filled in at quarterback after Reed’s injury, followed with 48 yards on the ground. Manchester tallied 164 yards of offense in the contest.
North Adams dropped to 0-3 with the loss.
They were led by Josh Cramer’s 15 yards rushing as the Green Devils racked up 60 yards on penalties. Manchester also had the laundry pile up, totaling 71 yards of penalties.
GREYHOUNDS 6, GREEN DEVILS 0
(M) Reed 10-yard run (run failed) 1:17
Records: North Adams 0-3, Manchester 2-2