Varsity Football vs Wes-Del 9/27/13
September 29, 2013Monroe Central Jr.- Sr. High School
By ben Breiner of The Star Press--PARKER CITY — It was only the first quarter when a shoulder injury cost the Monroe Central football team the use of Beau Combs as a key cog in their offense.
But with a trophy on the line Friday night, that couldn't stop them.
A reconstituted ground game led by Marcus Drummer powered the Golden Bears to a 35-21 win against Wes-Del. What looked like a possible early blowout became a tight contest but Monroe Central always had an answer as it retook the Harvest Helmet Classic trophy.
An the Bears (4-2) did it without a key weapon in Combs.
“I knew we had guys that could come in and fill his position,” said Drummer, who ran for 73 of his 124 yards in the second half. “We’re so diverse with so many guys that can come in and just do what they do.”
The Warriors (4-2) rallied from an early 21-0 deficit to twice come within seven and later six points of the Golden Bears in the second half. But each time, the hosts had an answer with either a stop or a score and second- half touchdowns from fullback Kaiser Phillips and Drummer helped hold off Wes-Del.
The Warriors pounded away with an attack led by quarterback Trevor Spencer and tailback Jacob Love, as the do combined for 162 yards on 33 carries. But they were missing the services of primary runner Devin Gill and couldn’t hold off the Bears on the ground.
“We just didn’t tackle good today,” Wes-Del coach Brad Hess said. “We just didn’t tackle good for whatever reason. Obviously penalties didn’t help us either.”
His team was flagged nine times for 94 yards, including several calls Hess was visibly upset with on the field. The Bears scored on drives of 49, 69 and 66 yards in the first half. The Warriors might have been out of it all together but for a fortuitous sequence.
After a Wes-Del punt rolled out at the Bears' 4, Craig Paul smothered Combs in the end zone on a sweep for the safety. Then a big return set up a 32-yard touchdown drive capped by Spencer's 14yard scoring run. Wes-Del cut the deficit to 21-14 when Desmond Wilson galloped 43 yards for a touchdown on the first drive of the second half.
The game evened the young series between these teams at two games apiece and brought the trophy back to Parker City after the Warriors took it a season ago.
And the fourth win of the season bettered what had already been a program record for victories for the Golden Bears and meant a little something more.
“It just gives reinforcement that your hard work has, tonight a trophy payoff but also more than a trophy,” secondyear Monroe Central coach John Hochstetler said. “First time we won four games here I believe and there’s a lot of pride in that. We give a lot to this football team and I think we have a bright future.”
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