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HS Football Week 1 Report By ALAN BRAKE
September 18, 2013Montgomery County High School
FOOTBALL WILDCATS HOLD ON TO DEFEAT HERMANN IN SEASON OPENER
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats Football team started the 2013 season with an exciting 23-20 win over their arch-rival the Hermann Bearcats. The Wildcats never trailed in the game, but had to recover a Hermann fumble at the R-2 7-yard line late in the game to secure the win.
The Wildcats got the ball first to start the game, but did not pick up a first down and had to punt after only 3 plays on offense. However, the Wildcat defense stepped up on Hermann’s first possession, as Dylan Skeens intercepted a pass on the Hermann 48-yard line.
The Wildcats offense then worked the ball downfield to the Hermann 1-yard line, but a 15-yard penalty stalled the drive. The Wildcats settled for a 25-yard field goal by Luke Longstreet with 5:04 left in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead.
During most of the rest of the first half the defenses for both teams were solid, but for the most part the offenses were inconsistent. The Wildcats did take advantage of another Hermann turnover (fumble) early in the second quarter. The Wildcats worked the ball downfield again, but penalties and inconsistent execution of plays eventually stalled this drive. too. The Wildcats did score, as Longstreet kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead with 9:33 left in the half.
Hermann tied the game late in the first half, as linebacker Chris Hug intercepted an Evan Milner pass and returned the ball 25 yards for the touchdown. The extra point attempt (kick) was unsuccessful the game remained tied at 6-6 with 1:14 left in the half.
On the ensuing kick-off Hermann attempted a short kick, but the ball did not go the mandatory 10 yards for kick-offs and the Wildcats got the ball on Hermann’s 49-yard line. The Wildcats had their best offensive execution of the night, as they were able to move the ball (with no time outs) to Hermann’s 18-yard line.
With just 10 seconds left in the half Milner threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Longstreet, who caught the pass in the back corner of the end zone. Longstreet successfully kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats a 13-6 lead at halftime.
Hermann did not score on its first possession of the second half and had to punt the ball to the Wildcats. The Wildcats did not have much success of offense the second half, but in this possession they were successful enough to setup Longstreet for a 36-yard field goal. This gave the Wildcats a 16-6 lead with 8:17 left in the third quarter.
From that point on, almost everything went Hermann’s way on both offense and defense. The key words are “almost everything”. Hermann was able to make the game close and exciting, but the Bearcats were unable to score a touchdown that would have given them the lead and probably the win.
Hermann responded to Longstreet’s third field goal by putting together a long drive, mostly with running plays, that ended with a 8-yard touchdown run by Chris Hug with 3:42 left in the third quarter. The 2-point extra point attempt was unsuccessful, making the score 16-12.
Unlike the short kicks Hermann used on their first two kick-offs, Hermann kicked the ball deep on the third kick-off. All-State Hurdler Dylan Skeens caught the ball on the 18-yard line, got by the first two “would be” Hermann tacklers, and then was quickly on his way to an 82-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. Longstreet kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led 23-12 with 3:30 left in the third quarter.
Hermann didn’t waste any time coming right back, as the Bearcats scored a touchdown in less than 1½ minutes. After having more success with the running game, Hermann successfully completed a 38-yard pass from Craig Winkleman to a wide-open Kody Thompson for the touchdown. Hermann was successful on the 2-point extra point attempt, as Hug ran the ball into the end zone. This cut R-2’s lead to 23-20, with 2:04 left in the third quarter.
To be quite honest, the rest of the game was dominated by Hermann’s defense and offense. However, Hermann’s defense could never cause a Wildcat turnover, and although the Wildcats’ defense “bent” quite a bit it never “broke”.
On two different possessions Hermann was able to get inside the Wildcats’ 30-yard line, but the Wildcats’ defense kept Hermann from scoring. The last Hermann drive ended with the Wildcats’ defense forcing a Hermann fumble, which the Wildcats recovered on their own 7-yard line with about 1:30 left in the game. The Wildcat offense then successfully ran three running plays and ran out the clock to win the exciting season opener 23-20.
The offensive team stats for Montgomery County were as follows: 150 yards rushing on 39 carries; 7 of 18 passes completed for 70 yards and 1 interception; 14 first downs; 12 penalties for 99 yards; and 1 turnover (interception).
The offensive team stats for Hermann were as follows: 250 yards rushing on 50 carries; 2 of 5 passes completed for 45 yards and 1 interception; 18 first downs; 5 penalties for 40 yards; and 3 turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 interception).
R-2’s individual offensive stats were as follows:
Rushing: Skeens 48 yards on 6 carries; Milner 47 yards on 10 carries; Jerad Jordan 41 yards on 11 carries; Longstreet 8 yards on 1 carry; Jackson Bishop 7 yards on 7 carries; and Kyle Kroll –1 yard on 4 carries.
Passing: Milner completed 7 of 18 passes for 70 yards and 1 interception.
Pass Receiving: Skeens 3 receptions for 23 yards; Justin Hall 2 receptions for 20 yards; Longstreet 1 reception for 18 yards; and Jordan 1 reception for 9 yards.
R-2’s individual special team stats were as follows:
Kick-offs: Longstreet 6 kicks for 294 yards.
Punts: Brian Davis 4 punts for 121 yards.
Kick Returns: Skeens 1 return for 82 yards.
Punt Returns: Kroll 1 return for 5 yards.
R-2’s individual defensive stats were as follows:
Kroll 13 tackles (8 solo, 5 assisted, 1 fumble recovered); Bishop 11 tackles (4 solo, 7 assisted); Hall 11 tackles (2 solo, 9 assisted); Zeke Theissen 10 tackles (8 solo, 2 assisted); Aaron Henke 8 tackles (5 solo, 3 assisted); Davis 7 tackles (6 solo, 1 assisted); Jordan 7 tackles (5 solo, 2 assisted); Clayton Schlanker 4 tackles (3 solo, 1 assisted); Jack Ecton 4 tackles (3 solo, 1 assisted); Longstreet 4 tackles (2 solo, 2 assisted); Skeens 3 tackles (all solo, 1 interception); Jake Kent 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted); Milner 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted); Tanner Cobb 1 solo tackle; and Rodney Bernat 1 fumble recovered.
The Wildcats played Clopton-Elsberry this past Friday, September 6, in their first East Missouri (EMO) Conference game of the season. A report on this game should be in another part of this issue of the Standard.
Congratulations to the Wildcats on defeating one of your biggest rivals in the 2013 season opener!