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Week 7 Football Report by ALAN BRAKE
October 14, 2013Montgomery County High School
FOOTBALL WILDCATS WIN EMO CONFERENCE TITLE
WITH 52-0 WIN OVER BOWLING GREEN
In a game featuring the top two teams in the East Missouri (EMO) Conference, the Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats survived early domination by the Bowling Green Bobcats, then turned the tables on BG and scored 52 unanswered points to win 52-0. With this win the Wildcats improve their overall record to 7 wins and 0 losses.
This was also the Wildcats last EMO Conference game of the 2013 season, giving the Wildcats a 5-0 Conference record, earning the Wildcats the Conference Championship. This is the Wildcats first Conference Championship since the 2008 season.
Bowling Green got the ball to start the game, and although the Bobcats had 2 running backs missing due to injury they totally dominated the Wildcats on their first possession. BG got the ball on the 20-yard line and proceeded to move the ball down the field a few yards at a time. However, a 13-yard holding penalty (10 yard penalty, plus a 3-yard loss from the spot of the penalty) stalled BG’s drive and the Bobcats had to punt to the Wildcats.
BG’s defense then continued the domination, as the Wildcats started on their own 5-yard line and had to punt after only 3 plays on offense. BG started its second drive on the Wildcats 40-yard line and started moving the ball towards the Wildcats end zone once again. However, on a fourth down and 1 at the Wildcats 9-yard line, the Wildcats’ defense stood solid and stopped BG from getting the first down.
At that point momentum and domination of the game began to switch to the Wildcats. A completed pass from Evan Milner to Justin Hall got the Wildcats out to their 25-yard line. Two consecutive motion penalties against the Wildcats put the ball back to the 15-yard line. On the next 2 plays the Wildcats gained back 14 of those yards, and were looking at a third down and 6 yards to go for the first down to keep the drive going.
Instead of playing it safe for the first down, the Wildcats threw a lob pass from Milner to Hall. Hall got behind the BG defender, caught the pass and ran the rest of the way for a 71-yard touchdown pass. Luke Longstreet kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 9:19 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kick-off, the BG return man fumbled the ball and Kyle Kroll recovered it for the Wildcats at BG’s 33-yard line. On the very next play Jerad Jordan ran 33 yards for a touchdown on an inside reverse play. Longstreet kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led 14-0 just 15 seconds after the first touchdown, with 9:04 left in the half.
From that point on it was all Wildcats. 5 plays into BG’s next possession Kroll got his first interception of the game and the Wildcats took over at BG’s 32-yard line. 5 plays later Milner completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hall, and Longstreet kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats a 21-0 lead with 4:39 left in the half.
The Wildcats’ defense was able to stop BG one more time in the first half, and the Wildcats got the ball at their own 23-yard line with 1:43 left in the half. 5 passing plays and 1:26 later the Wildcats scored their fourth touchdown of the game on a 35-yard pass play from Milner to
Dylan Skeens. Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 28-0, which was the halftime score.
The Wildcats got the ball to start the second half and just kept right on going. Skeens took the opening kick-off to BG’s 43-yard line, and a 15-yard penalty for a horse-collar tackle on the return put the ball at BG’s 28-yard line. 5 plays later Zeke Theissen scored a touchdown on a 17-yard run. Longstreet kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats a 35-0 lead with 9:45 left in the third quarter.
With the Wildcats having a 35-point lead in the second half, the game clock ran continuously due to the “mercy rule”. But that didn’t slow down the Wildcats’ scoring machine.
Bowling Green fumbled the ball on their second play on offense, which was recovered by Kroll at the BG’s 28-yard line. A 22-yard pass play from Milner to Hall got the ball to BG’s 3-yard line, and on the next play Milner scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run. Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 42-0 with 6:31 left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats’ defense stopped BG’s offense once again and forced BG to punt the ball back to the Wildcats. The Wildcats started on their own 15-yard line. On the Wildcats first play Skeens ran the ball for 22 yards to get to the 37-yard line. Two plays later Theissen scored his second touchdown of the game on a 57-yard run. Longstreet kicked the extra point to make the score 49-0 with 1:35 left in the third quarter.
Again, Bowling Green fumbled the ball away on their second play on offense. The Wildcats got the ball on BG’s 20-yard line. After 4 running plays that got the ball to BG’s 5-yard line, the Wildcats scored on a 22-yard field goal by Longstreet to make the score 52-0 with 9:54 left in the game.
Neither team scored the rest of the game. However, Kroll intercepted his second pass of the game in BG’s last possession, giving him 4 “take aways” for the game (2 fumbles recovered, along with the 2 interceptions). The Wildcats won the game 52-0 and won the EMO Conference Championship for the first time in 5 years.
The Wildcats offensive stats were as follows: 218 yards rushing on 30 carries; 10 of 11 passes completed for 208 yards and 0 interception; 14 first downs; 7 penalties for 58 yards; and 0 turnovers. Bowling Green’s stats were not available for this report.
R-2’s individual offensive stats were as follows:
Rushing: Theissen 75 yards on 4 carries; Jordan 51 yards on 5 carries; Milner 33 yards on 9 carries; Skeens 27 yards on 2 carries; Joey Schlueter 12 yards on 4 carries; Jackson Bishop 11 yards on 1 carry; and Aaron Henke 9 yards on 5 carries.
Passing: Milner completed 10 of 11 passes for 208 yards.
Pass Receiving: Hall 5 receptions for 133 yards; Skeens 4 receptions for 53 yards; and Bishop 1 reception for 22 yards.
R-2’s individual special team stats were as follows:
Kick-offs: Longstreet 9 kicks for 493 yards.
Punts: Kroll 1 punt for 37 yards; Jac Schwartz 1 punt for 33 yards.
Kick Returns: Skeens 1 return for 42 yards.
Punt Returns: Kroll 1 return for 1 yard.
R-2’s individual defensive stats were as follows:
Theissen 16 tackles (12 solo, 4 assisted); Kroll 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted), 2 fumbles recovered, and 2 interceptions; Clayton Schlanker 10 tackles (8 solo, 2 assisted); Bishop 10 tackles (6 solo, 4 assisted); Henke 8 tackles (5 solo, 3 assisted); Jake Kent 6 tackles (3 solo, 3 assisted); Rodney Bernat 5 tackles (3 solo, 2 assisted) and 1 fumble recovered; Longstreet 4 solo tackles; Hall 4 tackles (3 solo, 1 assisted) and 1 fumble recovered; Jordan and Skeens 3 solo tackles each; Schlueter 2 tackles (1 solo, 1 assisted); and Nick Galarza 1 solo tackle.
The Wildcats play a non-conference game this Friday, October 18, as they host Cuba at Jim Blacklock Field at Montgomery County R-2 High School. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats need to win this game to maintain their Second Place position in the District 6 Playoff standings. They end the regular season with a key District 6 game on October 25, at South Callaway, who is in Third Place in the District 6 standings.
The Wildcat players and coaches strongly encourage you to come to Friday’s game and support them. They are having their best season in 5 years and would appreciate your support as they try to continue their winning ways.
EMO CONFERENCE RECORDS/STANDINGS
1. Montgomery County R-2 5 0
2. Wright City 3 2
3t. Bowling Green 2 2
3t. North Callaway 2 2
5. Clopton/Elsberry 1 3
6. Van-Far 0 4
CLASS 2-DISTRICT 6 RECORDS/STANDINGS