Cavs’ offense struggles at Monadnock

SWANZEY – Monadnock’s defense grabbed control during the game’s first possession and the Huskies never looked back in a 38-8 win over Hollis Brookline.

Cavaliers freshman quarterback J.T. Arnold threw an interception on the second play from scrimmage, which the Huskies turned into seven points in three plays from the HB 31-yard line.

HB appeared ready to make up for the miscue later in the first quarter, driving the field and setting up first-and-goal with four chances to score from the 1-yard line.

Monadnock’s defense stiffened and HB failed to punch it into the end zone.

Leading 7-0 after one quarter of play, Monadnock found paydirt to open the second quarter and added a two-point conversion for the 15-0 lead.

The Huskies were up 38-0 at halftime, courtesy of another defensive play and a couple of special teams highlights.

After taking the 15-point lead, Monadnock’s defensive front created a fumble and the Huskies’ Keegan Phippard scooped and scored from 35 yards out.

Following another Monadnock score, the snap on the point after attempt was bobbled. Instead of a failed kick, the Huskies holder got up and threw the ball to an open receiver for two points.

They squibbed the ensuing kick and recovered the ball at the Cavaliers’ 44. Another play that resulted in a touchdown heading into the break.

The second half was all HB scoringwise, as Arnold connected with receiver Matt Simco for a touchdown with 2:54 left in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers’ two-pointer was successful, but its all the scoring they could muster against the Huskies’ defense in what was the Cavs’ final game of the season.