The Sailors assembled a near perfect attack in their 47-12 dismantling of a strong Zeeland West team on Friday.
Mona Shores offense showed just what it can do, scoring on all eight of its possessions in front of a packed home crowd and its first home game of the season.
Led by senior quarterback Mark Konecny, the Sailors executed the Dux with precision passing and big runs.
Mona Shores defense also came up big when it needed to, and it needed to right away.
In Zeeland West’s opening drive, the Dux assembled a near nine minute possession.
As the Dux moved their way into Mona Shores territory, junior defensive lineman Nate Allen broke through for a key tackle that caught Zeeland West in the backfield to stall the drive.
After an incomplete pass and a shanked punt, Mona Shores could suddenly breathe with the ball in its hands.
Konecny went right to work going 4 of 4 passing on a seven-play drive, capped off by a 3-yard run of his own and the Sailors led 6-0.
Zeeland West responded right away with one play on a 66-yard touchdown burst from Skyler Geurink, tying the score 6-6.
Again Konecny and the Sailors responded.
This time on a defunct pass that was caught by CJ Ivy who ran in for a 34-yard score that saw Ivy make a cut back and several moves to get around a frantic Zeeland West defense.
Jaylen Vinton set up the successful Mona Shores drive with a 40-yard kickoff return for Mona shores.
The Mona Shores defense again came up big, stalling Zeeland West to a three-and-out situation. The Sailors had another big tackle in the backfield for a loss that forced the Dux to punt.
Konecny put together another seven-play drive that was capped off by an 8-yard run from him, and Mona Shores led 20-6.
Zeeland West went right back to its methodical ground attack, and travelled 76 yards on 11 plays to find the end zone and trailed 20-12.
With the help of a pair of timeouts during the tailend of the Dux drive, Mona Shores Coach Matt Koziak was able to secure enough time to assemble a successful drive before halftime.
Konecny again put together another seven-play drive that was capped off by a touchdown run by the senior play caller, putting the Sailors up 27-12 just before halftime.
The second half was even more Mona Shores as Elijah Johnson broke free for a 49-yard touchdown, putting the Sailors up 35-12 just seconds into the third quarter.
Dahmir Farnum followed up two minutes later with a 32-yard scoring run after the Sailors’ defense forced Zeeland West to turn over the ball on downs.
Vinton closed scoring for Mona Shores with a 23-yard scoring strike off a Konecny pass.
The Mona Shores defense was led by D.J. Caviness with 10 tackles.
Jeff Lenartowicz and Hayden Terpstra had seven tackles each for the Sailors. Brayton Conrad, Drew Sandberg and Kemper Milis had six tackles apiece.
LSJ videographer Clinton Walker was on hand to get highlights from the win at what was called the “Sailor Salute”.