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Week 2 Football Report BY ALAN BRAKE
September 18, 2013Montgomery County High School
FOOTBALL WILDCATS DEFEAT CLOPTON-ELSBERRY 47-8
After a very inconsistent, sloppy win over Hermann in the season opener, the Montgomery County R-2 Football Wildcats played very well last Friday, September 6, against Clopton-Elsberry and easily won 47-8. This win improved the Wildcats record to 2 wins and 0 losses. This also was an East Missouri (EMO) Conference game, so the Wildcats have a 1-0 record in EMO Conference play.
The Wildcats wasted no time getting their first score, but it was with the defense and not the offense. Clopton-Elsberry received the opening kick-off and returned the ball to the 19-yard line. On C-E’s first play the Wildcats sacked the quarterback for an 11-yard loss. Then on the next play Justin Hall sacked C-E’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
In accordance with the rules of football, C-E then had to kick or punt the ball to the Wildcats from their own 20-yard line. C-E chose to punt the ball and Jerad Jordan returned the punt 24 yards to C-E’s 36-yard line. The Wildcats did everything right on this drive, and 6 plays later Evan Milner scored a touchdown on a 14-yard run. Luke Longstreet kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led 9-0 with 7:10 left in the first quarter.
R-2’s defense continued to play well and C-E had to punt the ball after only 3 plays on offense. The Wildcats’ offense responded with a 9-play drive that ended with a 29-yard field goal by Longstreet to make the score 12-0 with 2:13 left in the first quarter.
C-E did get a first down on its next possession, but still had to punt to R-2 after only 4 plays on offense. On the very next play Dylan Skeens broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run on a reverse play. Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 19-0 with 11:07 left in the second quarter.
The Wildcats defense once again held C-E to 3 plays and out, and C-E had to punt the ball back to R-2. The Wildcats drive started on their own 37-yard line. 6 plays later the Wildcats scored another touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Milner to Hall. Longstreet kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led C-E 26-0 with 7:32 left in the first half.
C-E then put together its best drive of the first half, which involved 9 plays. However, C-E was not able to pick up a first down on a fourth down and long play from their own 33-yard line and the Wildcats got the ball back again. On the Wildcats first play, they gained 25-yards on a run by Jordan. On the next play Milner threw an 8-yard pass to Jordan for a touchdown. Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 33-0 with 2:43 left in the half.
On the ensuing kick-off, the C-E return man fumbled the ball and Jac Schwartz recovered it for the Wildcats at the C-E 21-yard line. On the second play the Wildcats had their only bad play of the first half, when Milner fumbled the ball. He was able to recover the fumble, but the Wildcats lost 9 yards on the play. No matter, as the Wildcats scored a touchdown on the next play on a 30-yard pass from Milner to Longstreet. Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 40-0 with 1:38 left in the half. Neither team scored the rest of the half and the Wildcats went into the locker room with the 40-0 lead.
When a team has a lead of 35 points or more in the second half, the game clock runs continuously (except for scores and called time outs). Also, R-2 Head Coach John Klekamp played several substitute players in the third quarter and all substitutes (except for Longstreet) in the fourth quarter. These two factors led to only 2 scores in the second half.
C-E scored its lone touchdown with 8:00 left in the game on a 54-yard run by Jack Hicks. Ryan Booher scored the 2-point extra points to make the score 40-8. The Wildcats came back with a 6-play drive, which ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kroll to Longstreet. Longstreet kicked the extra point. Neither team scored the rest of the game, and the Wildcats won 47-8.
The offensive stats for Montgomery County were as follows: 158 yards rushing on 27 carries; 12 of 16 passes completed for 198 yards and 0 interception; 14 first downs; 5 penalties for 50 yards; and 1 turnover (onside kick lost).
The offensive stats for Clopton/Elsberry were as follows: 174 yards rushing on 30 carries; 5 of 15 passes completed for 24 yards and 1 interception; 10 first downs; 3 penalties for 15 yards; and 3 turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 interception).
R-2’s individual offensive stats were as follows:
Rushing: Skeens 77 yards on 2 carries; Jordan 34 yards on 5 carries; Milner 25 yards on 11 carries; and Kroll 16 yards on 5 carries; Brayden Rajchart 8 yards on 4 carries; Zeke Theissen 1 yard on 2 carries; and Longstreet –3 yards on 1 carry.
Passing: Milner completed 6 of 7 passes for 114 yards; and Kroll completed 6 of 9 passes for 84 yards.
Pass Receiving: Longstreet 3 receptions for 106 yards; Nick Galarza 2 receptions for 32 yards; Hall 1 receptions for 32 yards; Jordan 2 receptions for 18 yards; and Rajchart 1 reception for 18 yards; Jack Ecton 1 reception for 2 yards; and Skeens 2 receptions for –10 yards.
R-2’s individual special team stats were as follows:
Kick-offs: Longstreet 8 kicks for 361 yards.
Punts: Brian Davis 3 punts for 92 yards.
Kick Returns: No Returns, as C-E tried 2 onside kicks.
Punt Returns: Kroll 2 returns for 31 yards; and 1 return for 21 yards.
R-2’s individual defensive stats were as follows:
Galarza 6 tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted); Zeke Theissen 6 tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted); Aaron Henke 6 tackles (2 solo, 4 assisted); Rajchart 4 solo tackles; Jac Schwartz 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted), 1 fumble recovery; Rodney Bernat 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted); Jack Ecton 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 assisted); Clayton Schlanker and Longstreet 2 solo tackles each; Hall 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted); Davis 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted); Kroll 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted); Jake Kent 2 assisted tackles; Trevor Hollaway 2 assisted tackles; Milner, Jordan, Nathan Hess and Tyler Peterson 1 solo tackle each; Jordan 1 tackles (solo); Tanner Cobb 1 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery; and Skeens 1 interception.
The Wildcats play their first home game of the season this Friday, September 13, against Wright City, at Jim Blacklock Field. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. This game is also an EMO Conference game. In addition, the Wildcats will have their annual Mother’s Night, as they recognize and honor the mothers of the Wildcat football players before the start of the game.
The Wildcat players and coaches encourage you to come to Friday’s game and cheer them on to victory. Congratulations to the Wildcats on a solid start to the 2013 season. Best