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.