RUNNEMEDE – Beau Sherry entered the season confident that his Moorestown football team had left a disappointing 2016 behind.
The veteran coach of the Quakers doesn’t let himself get caught up in moral victories or past disappointments or silly point spreads thrown about by odd acquaintances. Sherry keeps a singular focus on the job at hand and the next step in each season and now the veteran coach is focused on the upcoming state tournament
“I think we are fortunate to have two classes back-to-back that want to be a special team,” Sherry said. “They have the talent to be special and they have the drive and focus to be special. We’ve played well but to a man we all believe the best is yet to come.
“Right now, we still have a shot at a division title but we need a lot to break our way, our focus is getting momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Moorestown looked in complete control during a 43-20 win over Triton in a West Jersey Football League Royal Division game on Friday night. With an offense that hit on all cylinders against Triton, it was the duo of quarterback Brian McMonagle (24-of-26 passes for 227 yards, four touchdowns) and running back J’Wan Steward (12 carries, 163 yards, two TD’s) that led the way.
“They beat us last year but that didn’t change how we approached tonight,” Steward said. “We’re not about moral victories. We lost too many games last year that we should have won. This year we’re focused as a team on playing the right way for the entire game.
“You could see our focus from the start tonight. We didn’t let up and that made a big difference.”
The Quakers scored on each of their first two possessions as McMonagle threw three touchdowns in the first half to take a 20-0 lead into halftime.
“We knew watching the films this week that we would see a lot of Cover 3,” said McMonigle, who is headed to Boston College next season to play baseball. “We knew that if we could use a lot of quick routes and get it into our playmakers' hands, we could make big plays.
“Big plays happened all night. Even in long yardage situations we were confident. That’s something we’ve been able to do all year and it wasn’t going to change tonight as long as we did our jobs.”
With four straight wins, the Quakers (8-1) are right where they want to be as a team. With McMonagle almost perfect on Friday, he missed just two pass attempts all night and a healthy running game led by Steward, anything is possible.
“You can’t control anybody but yourselves,” Sherry said. “I told the kids after the game we are not about moral victories. If we play up to our capabilities, we’re going to compete with anyone we face.”
Quakers 43, Mustangs 20
M-Josh Pearcy 35 from Brian McMonagle (Josh Bearder kick)
M-J'Wan Steward 29 from Brian McMonagle (Josh Bearder kick)
M-Nick Cartwright-Atkins 18 from Brian McMonagle (kick failed)
T-Eric Staton 9 from Geff Giancantarino (kick failed)
M-Josh Bearder 17 field goal
M-Kevin Travis 12 from Brian McMonagle
M-J'Wan Steward 37 run (Josh Bearder kick)
T-Julian Relos 12 from Jeff Giancartarino (Dave Burns kick)
T-Gian Licketto 7 run (Dave Burns kick)
M-J-Wan Steward 80 run (Josh Bearder kick)