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9/20/13 HS Football Report by Alan Brake
September 23, 2013Montgomery County High School
FOOTBALL WILDCATS IMPROVE TO 4-0
WITH 35-9 WIN OVER ORCHARD FARM
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats football team remains undefeated for the 2013 season, as they scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to defeat Orchard Farm 35-9 last Friday, September 20. With this win the Wildcats improved their record to 4 wins and 0 losses.
In their last 2 games, it was the Wildcats who scored first with an impressive drive to start the game. However, this time it was Orchard Farm who started the game with a 7-play drive that covered 76 yards and ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Armand Keely. OF successfully kicked the extra point and led 7-0, after only 3 minutes of play in the first quarter.
The Wildcats first offensive possession started slowly, but gained momentum when Kyle Kroll completed a pass to Luke Longstreet that eventually covered 42-yards. However, a penalty stalled this drive, and Longstreet eventually missed on a 37-yard field goal attempt.
The Wildcats’ defense was much better on OF’s second possession, as the Wildcats forced OF to punt after only 3 plays on offense. The Wildcats offense got rolling again, and this time the Wildcats put together a 10-play drive that covered 52 yards. The drive ended with Jackson Bishop scoring a touchdown on a short run, and Longstreet kicking the extra point to tie the score at 7-7, with 11:08 left in the first half.
Orchard Farm came right back and drove the ball down to the Wildcats’ 5-line. However, a 5-yard penalty on second down moved the ball back to the Wildcats’ 10-yard line and OF never got closer than the Wildcats’ 6-yard line after that.
The Wildcats took over on downs at the 6-yard line. The Wildcats got a holding penalty on the first play, which moved the ball back to the 3-yard line. On the next play Kroll was sacked by OF in the end zone for a safety. This gave OF a 9-7 lead with 6:50 left in the half. That was also the score at halftime, as neither team scored the rest of the way.
The Wildcats got the ball to start the second half, and totally dominated the game on both sides of the ball. They ran 39 plays on offense and scored 4 touchdowns, while their defense held Orchard Farm to only 16 plays, kept OF scoreless, and also scored 2 points on a safety.
The Wildcats first offensive drive covered 52 yards and lasted 12 plays. After working the ball downfield, the Wildcats scored on a 1-yard run by Kroll with 6:55 left in the third quarter. Longstreet missed the extra point and the Wildcats led 13-9.
The Wildcats next possession lasted just 6 plays and covered 56 yards. The drive ended with Kroll scoring his second touchdown on a 2-yard run. Longstreet missed the extra point and the Wildcats led 19-9, with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
On their third possession of the half the Wildcats started on their own 22-yard line. That didn’t seem to bother the Wildcats, as they covered the 78 yards in an 11-play drive. Once again, Kroll scored the touchdown on a 6-yard run. Longstreet kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led 26-9, with 7:35 left in the game.
Dominating the game just as much on the other side of the ball, the Wildcats’ defense stopped Orchard Farm’s offense in 4 plays on the next possession. This gave the Wildcats the ball on OF’s 26-yard line. Three plays later, Kroll slipped through a gang of OF tacklers and scampered into the end zone a 16-yard run. Longstreet kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led 33-9 with 4:36 left in the game.
On the next kick-off, the Orchard Farm receiver slipped and fell at the OF 5-yard line. On OF’s second play, Bishop tackled the OF quarterback in the end zone for a safety to give the Wildcats a 35-9 lead, with 3:24 left in the game. Neither team scored the rest of the way, and the Wildcats earned their fourth consecutive win of the season.
The offensive stats for Montgomery County were as follows: 233 yards rushing on 56 carries; 9 of 10 passes completed for 167 yards and 0 interception; 20 first downs; 6 penalties for 37 yards; and 1 turnover (fumble lost). The offensive stats for Orchard Farm were not available for this report.
R-2’s individual offensive stats were as follows:
Rushing: Kroll 79 yards on 23 carries; Jerad Jordan 57 yards on 9 carries; Bishop 45 yards on 9 carries; Dylan Skeens 34 yards on 9 carries; and Zeke Theissen 18 yard on 6 carries.
Passing: Kroll completed 9 of 10 passes for 167 yards.
Pass Receiving: Jordan 4 receptions for 85 yards; Skeens 3 receptions for 32 yards; Longstreet 1 receptions for 42 yards; and Justin Hall 1 receptions for 8 yards.
R-2’s individual special team stats were as follows:
Kick-offs: Longstreet 7 kicks for 325 yards.
Punts: Brian Davis 1 punt for 22 yards.
Kick Returns: Skeens 2 returns for 39 yards; Theisen 1 return for 21 yards.
Punt Returns: No Punt Returns.
R-2’s individual defensive stats were as follows:
Theissen 13 tackles (5 solo, 8 assisted); Hall 7 tackles (3 solo, 4 assisted); Bishop 6 tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted); Longstreet 5 tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted); Rodney Bernat, Davis, and Skeens with 4 tackles each (3 solo, 1 assisted each); Jake Kent 4 tackles (2 solo, 2 assisted); Clayton Schlanker 4 tackles (1 solo, 3 assisted); Aaron Henke and Jordan 2 solo tackles each; Nick Galarza and Kroll 1 solo tackle and 1 assisted tackle each; Joey Schlueter 2 assisted tackles; and Codey Guile 1 assisted tackle.
The Wildcats have a very important game this Friday, September 28, as they play their rival North Callaway at Jim Blacklock Field at Montgomery County R-2 High School. The game will start at 7:00 p.m.
Besides the rivalry between these teams, this game is important for 3 other reasons: 1) It is the Wildcats’ Homecoming Game; 2) These teams (along with Bowling Green) are the top contenders for the East Missouri Conference Championship, although North Callaway lost to BG 49-34 this past Friday; and 3) These teams are both in the Missouri District 5 for Class 2 schools. The outcome of this game will affect their district standing, and may play a major role in which team they will play in the First Round of the District Playoffs at the end of October.
The Wildcat players and coaches strongly encourage you to come to Friday’s game and support them. Every year the Montgomery County vs. North Callaway game is very exciting and the stands will be packed. Best wishes to the Wildcats as you face North Callaway on Friday!