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Week 8 Football Report BY ALAN BRAKE

October 14, 2012
Montgomery County High School




The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats football team traveled to Cuba, and once again got off to a slow start before scoring 56 unanswered points to earn a 59-28 win.  With this win the Wildcats improved their record to 6 wins and 2 losses, and maintain their fourth place position in the District 6 Playoff standings with one game left before the playoffs begin.


Just like Bowling Green did the week before, Cuba received the opening kick-off and wasted no time in taking the lead.  Cuba returned the opening kick-off to the R-2 48 yard line and six plays later (including three consecutive reverse plays to start the game) Cuba scored a touchdown on a 15-yard run by Austin Burlage.  The 2-point extra point attempt was unsuccessful and Cuba led 6-0 with 9:30 left to play in the first quarter.


Neither team scored the rest of the quarter, but R-2 started a drive late in the first quarter which ended with a 32-yard field goal by Luke Longstreet to make the score 6-3 with 11:53 left in the first half.  However, Cuba came right back and Burlage scored on a 47-yard run with 8:53 left in the half.  The 2-point extra point attempt was unsuccessful again and Cuba led the game 12-3.


From that point on though it was all Montgomery County, as the Wildcats scored a touchdown on their next 8 possessions through the second quarter, third quarter, and mid-part of the fourth quarter.  The Wildcats also dominated on defense, as they did not let Cuba score again until two touchdowns late in the game.


R-2’s first touchdown came on a 39-yard pass from Evan Milner to Colt Ellis with 6:49 left in the first half.  Longstreet successfully kicked the extra point to cut Cuba’s lead to 12-10.  Two minutes later (at 4:47) R-2 scored its next touchdown on a 54-yard run by Nick Martin.  Longstreet kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats a 17-12 lead, which the Wildcats would never relinquish.


With 1:42 left in the half Milner scored R-2’s third touchdown of the quarter on a 15-yard run, on which he broke three tackles inside the 5 yard line.  Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 24-12.


Playing good defense and using their timeouts wisely, the Wildcats forced Cuba to punt the ball with less than 1 minute to play in the half.  Ellis picked up the bouncing ball at the 17 yard line.  With very good blocking by his teammates and nice moves of his own, Ellis returned the ball 83 yards for a touchdown.  Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 31-12, which was the score at halftime.


R-2 received the opening kick-off of the second half and Martin (who had been injured late in the first half) picked up the bouncing ball and returned it 73 yards for another touchdown.  Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 38-12 with only 11 seconds gone in the second half.


The Wildcats defense kept Cuba’s offense from getting anything going on its first offensive possession of the second half.  Once R-2 got the ball back, the Wildcats wasted no time in scoring again.  This time Milner completed a 46-yard pass to Justin Hall, who had got by the Cuba defender, for R-2’s second touchdown of the half.  Longstreet kicked the extra point, which made the score 45-12 with 8:49 left in the third quarter.


The Wildcats seventh touchdown came with 2:49 left in the third quarter.  Ellis had replaced Milner at quarterback and completed a 15-yard pass to Hall, who made a leaping catch between two Cuba defenders.  Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 52-12.


R-2’s last touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 55-yrad run by Martin.  Longstreet kicked the extra point to give R-2 a 59-12 lead with 8:03 left in the game.


Cuba did not give up and scored two touchdowns to make the score a little closer.  Cuba’s first touchdown came on a 70-yard run by Burlage for his third touchdown of the game.  Dayton Killeen scored on the 2-point extra point attempt to make the score 59-20.  Then on the last play of the game (after a questionable pass interference call), Killeen scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run.  Nicholas Lemons scored on the 2-point extra point attempt making the final score a 59-28.


Offensive team stats for Montgomery County were as follows:  347 yards rushing on 37 carries; 8 of 10 passes completed for 200 yards and 0 passes intercepted; 19 first downs; 13 penalties for 121 yards; and 1 turnover (fumble lost). 


Cuba’s stats were as follows:  335 yards rushing on 47 carries; 2 of 7 passes completed for 16 yards and 0 passes intercepted; 15 first downs; 3 penalties for 20 yards; and 2 turnovers (both lost fumbles).


R-2’s individual offensive stats were as follows:


Rushing:  Martin 162 yards on 12 carries; Milner 122 yards on 14 carries; Ellis 46 yards on 4 carries; Longstreet 13 yards on 2 carries; Jerad Jordan 12 yards on 4 carries; and Zeke Theissen –3 yards on 1 carry.


Passing:  Milner completed 7 of 9 passes for 185 yards; and Ellis completed 1 of 1 passing for 15 yards.


Pass Receiving:  Ellis 2 receptions for 100 yards; Hall 2 receptions for 61 yards; Jordan 3 receptions for 41 yards; and Martin 1 reception for –2 yards.


R-2’s individual special team stats were as follows:


Kick-offs:  Longstreet 10 kicks for 470 yards.

Punts:  Sam Kroll 1 punt for 39 yards.

Kick Returns: Martin 3 returns for 79 yards; and Brayden Rajchart 1 return for 1 yard.

Punt Returns:  Ellis 3 returns for 94 with 1 fair catch.

R-2’s individual defensive stats were as follows:


Austin Killian 9 tackles (7 solo/2 assisted); Martin 6 tackles (5 solo/1 assisted); Theissen 6 tackles (5 solo/1 assisted); Jackson Bishop 5 tackles (all solo); Ellis 5 tackles (4 solo/1 assisted); Longstreet 5 tackles (3 solo/2 assisted); Aaron Henke 4 tackles (3 solo/1 assisted); Jake Kent 4 tackles (2 solo/2 assisted) and 1 fumble recovery; Kroll 4 tackles (2 solo/2 assisted); John Hager 3 tackles (2 solo/1 assisted); Robby Bethel 3 tackles (1 solo/2 assisted); Hall and Jack Ecton 2 tackles each (both 1 solo/1 assisted); Jordan 1 solo tackle and a fumble recovery; Rodney Bernat, Ross Brower, and Codey Guile and Clayton Schlanker 1 tackle each; and Dustin Dyer 1 assisted tackle.


This Friday, October 19, the Wildcats will host the South Callaway Bulldogs in a key District 6 game.  South Callaway is currently in second place in the district standings and Montgomery County is in fourth place.  A Wildcat victory could improves position in the standings and secure a home game in the First Round of the district playoffs on Friday, October 26.


The Wildcats hope you will attend the game this Friday and cheer them on to victory.  Go Wildcats!

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