By Ryan Goodman
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
With the loss to Western behind them, the Mustangs had their second huge cross-town rivalry game in two weeks, this time facing off against the Albemarle Patriots (2-5). The game result was much better than last week’s but all the more nerve-racking. The final was 41-38, with Monticello taking one on the road in front of an absolute ruckus crowd.
With the brash decision to give freshman quarterback Kevin Jarrell the first start of his young career after junior Daniel Hummel struggled in last weeks contest, coach Jeff Woody was all in on Jarrell.
(From Scrimmage Play) “I’ve never seen a fourteen year-old young man be so poised and be so mature,” Woody said. “We told him on Monday that it was his call and time to go.
Woody even went on to compare Jerrell to a former great of his at Brookeville, a school where he used to coach.
“I feel like Kevin has just as much poise and intelligence as Kendall Becraft, and he won two state championships. His future is bright.”
Jerrell ended the contest with a promising line of 21/34, 263 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He looks like he’ll remain the starter moving forward, as long as he recovers from the concussion he suffered in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Kyree Koonce had a career high 28 rushes and turned them into 151 yards, including touchdown runs of 37, 20, and the game winning 2 yarder on 4th down in overtime, a do or die situation for the Mustangs.
After Jerrell threw what looked like the game-losing pick after he was clobbered and ruled out of the game at Monticello’s own 39 yard line, Albemarle kicker Chandler Carrera just barely pushed a 41 yard field goal attempt wide left, and the game went to OT. A short Albemarle field goal and a couple of Monticello short yardage plays later, the Mustangs we’re in a pickle. Either go for the field goal with your holder (Jerrell) out of the game, or go for the win. Former Mustang’s defensive coach and current Albemarle head coach Brandon Isaiah immediately knew what the decision would be.
“I had no doubt in my mind what Jeff Woody was going to do,” Isaiah said. “I knew he was going to go for the win.”
Indeed he did, and it paid off big time.
Next Week: 10/31 (HALLOWEEN) vs. Orange County (1-7), 7:30 pm kickoff
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