Sports

Monticello vs. Powhatan Varsity Football

By Ryan Goodman
September 26th, 2014

Both Powhatan and Monticello varsity football teams entered this Friday’s game with quality records (MHS 3-0, Powhatan 3-1), and lots of momentum.  Also, since both teams boasted senior-laden backfields and stout front lines, this game figured to be an instant classic in the Jefferson District.

It was almost the complete opposite.

The final score was 35-14, Powhatan, but the 14 points were actually a gift – the score was 35-0 until the final 8 minutes of play.

“It was embarrassing,” Mustang Maniac senior leader Danny Higginbotham said.  “It might have been the worst football loss I’ve ever seen in my four years at MHS.”

Next up:  10/6 @ Charlottesville High School, 7:30pm kickoff

The game’s story

After Monticello trumped Powhatan on the road last season, the Indians obviously came into Charlottesville with revenge on their minds.  This was first evident when Powhatan running back Lamont Henderson channelled his inner Marshawn Lynch by shaking off multiples tackles en route to a 28-yard touchdown run on the Indians first possession of the game.

When Monticello retained possession after the long run, junior quarterback Daniel Hummel underthrew senior running back Kyree Koonce on a wheel route and the pass was intercepted by wide receiver/cornerback Chance Morris, who had the game of his life.  Morris caught touchdown passes of 61 and 50 yards, the latter of which was as time expired in the first half to make it 35-0 Powhatan, which seemed to kill any hopes Monticello still had of coming back.

After the halftime break, the Powhatan defense still wasn’t letting up as they held Monticello to a quick three and out, which

caused some fans to finally say that’s that and throw up their hands in dissatisfaction.

There’s no doubt that this game was quite a “punch to the stomach” for this talented Monticello Football squad, but one player saw light where it was otherwise dark.

“I know we got beat up pretty bad, but honestly this loss could be good for us.  We’ve been blowing out some teams, getting a little big headed.  This helps us get back on level ground,” explained senior wide receiver Zach Digregorio.

Positives Negatives
  • Junior wide receiver Seth Weaver ended with a very promising stat line:  7 receptions, 132 yards, and a touchdown.  He showed great quickness and the ability to make catches when Powhatan was in zone and man coverage.
  • Monticello’s main plan (in terms of defense) was to stop star senior running back Logan Allen, which they did a fine job of (21 carries for only 48 yards).
  • Kyree Koonce, Monticello’s star senior running back, still finished with over 100 yards (117) on 17 carries which is a good sign because there were some concerns about his foot before the game.
  • Freshman backup quarterback Kevin Jarrell was pressed into action in the fourth quarter and immediately sparked a touchdown drive with some nice passes to Weaver, which ended with a Jeonte Banks four yard TD plunge.
  • Quite a bit of ‘em.
  • The “No Fly Zone” aka Monticello’s defensive backs, who had an exceptional game against Fork Union, were burned time and time again by Powhatan receiver Chance Morris who ended the game with 8 catches for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns (Morris had 192 yards in the first half alone).
  • Since Monticello was so focused on stopping the run, this left the middle of the field virtually wide open and Powhatan took full advantage.  Quarterback Cambrun Graham also finished with an exceptional game by going 10-14 (71% comp) for 209 yards and 3 scores, all through the air.
  • Monticello’s offense never got into any sort of rhythm, which was mostly because they were forced to throw when Powhatan went up early.  Since the MHS offense revolves around their ground game with Koonce and junior tailback Darian Bates, Powhatan did a great job of limiting big plays.
  • The passing attack was not any better, as Daniel Hummel was held to just 96 yards on 10-20 passing with 2 interceptions (It’s never easy to transition from starting seniors at quarterback and both receiver positions to all juniors, so more time is definitely going to be needed to really allow the offense to “click”

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