MILFORD — Carl Muanya is working for extra than simply himself this season.
In Oct. 2019, his pal and former soccer teammate, Tony Pena, was identified with Stage 4 pediatric glioblastoma. Pena ultimately misplaced his struggle with mind most cancers and died on Jan. 14, 2020, on the age of 17.
Muanya began out as a defensive lineman and had bother discovering the place he belonged on the soccer area for Blackstone Valley Tech. However after seeing time within the Beavers’ backfield final season, Pena advised Muanya that’s the place he belonged.
“He all the time had religion in me to grow to be an ideal working again,” Muanya mentioned. “Freshman 12 months I didn’t play in any respect and I simply labored to grow to be a captain now, and I do know Tony all the time had religion in me.”
On Saturday afternoon, the senior captain repaid that religion when he made the Milford Excessive soccer area his stomping floor.
Muanya rushed for 307 yards and 5 touchdowns to steer BVT to a 42-0 victory over rival Nipmuc.
“Shoutout to the O-Line, thanks guys for serving to me out, it wouldn’t have been potential with out you,” Muanya mentioned after the sport.
“That’s the type of child he’s, he deflects the eye to his O-Line,” BVT soccer coach Jim Archibald mentioned. “That’s among the best performances we’ve ever had right here since I’ve been at BVT since 2008. I don’t assume we’ve ever had somebody rush for 300.”
After each groups took the turf at Milford Excessive, since neither one of many grass fields on Nice Road in Upton – the place each colleges reside – is prepared for recreation motion, Muanya wasted no time.
He scored the sport’s opening landing with an extended rush on BVT’s second possession. Within the second quarter, he crashed by 4 defenders for 15 yards, to which his teammates yelled, “be careful,” on the Warriors earlier than he walked into the tip zone to place his staff up 14-0.
As soon as the second half rolled round, Muanya’s title was heard from the announcer’s sales space for almost the complete third quarter. With 9:13 left within the third, the Beavers snapped the ball on the Nipmuc aim line and junior quarterback Josh Mateo fumbled the ball off his fingertips. But it surely fell proper into Muanya’s fingers as he ran by a defender throughout the plain for his third rating.
Three minutes later, Muanya took the ball 34 yards as he completed one other run by crashing by a defender and into the tip zone.
“I identical to working and hitting individuals,” Muanya mentioned. “I all the time watched the most effective working backs within the league like Marshawn Lynch, simply trucking individuals.”
“Anytime you possibly can hand the ball to a man like that, he simply wears on defenses as the sport goes on,” Archibald mentioned. “When you’ve a man that may try this, you simply hand him the ball.”
Simply when his third-quarter domination appeared to have come to an finish, Muanya ran almost the complete size of the sector, together with his teammates from the bench working with him, for his fifth landing because the clock ran out on the quarter.
“We simply saved feeding him and he didn’t disappoint,” Archibald mentioned. “This was his coming-out get together.”
And it was a celebration that Pena predicted would come. Becoming since Muanya is working for extra than simply himself this season.