By Keith Harrington
When the fog rolled into Ambrose Gilligan Field in the middle of Friday night's high school football game between Granville-Whitehall and Watervliet, the Cannoneers had to be wondering if it was the result of the play of their opponents.
Granville-Whitehall made Watervliet appear to be in a fog right from the start as they rolled to a 66-0 victory on Senior Night and Homecoming at the home of the Railroaders.
"I'm just so proud of the boys tonight. It's homecoming. And just having that opportunity to go out and dominate a little bit. We haven't had many opportunities," Granville-Whitehall coach Darin Eggleston said.
Matthew Barlow, one of the Granville seniors honored along with his Whitehall brethren, had himself a highlight film game. Barlow rushed for a trio of first quarter touchdowns, rushed for 143 yards and picked off a pass.
After a 58 yard scoring run by Troy Austin on the opening play of the game was called back due to a penalty, Barlow got loose on a 68 yard scamper to give Granville-Whitehall a 6-0 lead.
Barlow extended the lead to 12-0 on a 12 yard run, then Austin scored from 15 yards out to increase the advantage to 18-0. Barlow's 32 yard run with 32 seconds left in the frame made it 24-0 after RJ Monger connected with Nick Crum on the conversion pass.
In the second quarter, Crum scored on a 10 yard run followed by a Monger to Alex Torres conversion pass. Granville-Whitehall then went to their bag of tricks as CJ Monty threw to Torres for a 24 yard strike on a double pass play. Monger rounded out the first half scoring with a three yard run with two seconds remaining as Granville-Whitehall went to the break with a 46-0 cushion.
In the third Austin had the only touchdown on a three yard run.
The fourth quarter belonged to Monty who tacked on touchdown runs of 27 and 16 yards. Allen Beaulieu ran in the conversion after Monty's second run.
Austin finished with 69 rushing yards and Monty added 52.
Crum and Beaulieu recovered fumbles.
Eggleston was especially thrilled for his seniors who go out with a win in what was potentially the last game on their home field.
"The kids were real happy tonight at the end. They were giving hugs. It was great," Eggleston said. "We haven't let up. We've gotten beat up a little bit, but the kids work hard every week."
Granville is now 2-4, 2-5. Watervliet is 1-5, 1-6.