Sages turn away A-O
MONTICELLO — The teams scored 95 points combined in the opening week, but defense trumped offense on this night.
Monticello manufactured two touchdowns off short fields in the first half and held on for a 20-6 victory.
The Bombers finished with seven turnovers. Jared Hupp had 136 yards rushing and a touchdown but lost three fumbles.
Monticello gave the ball away four times and recorded nine penalties for a loss of 60 yards.
A-O had 12 penalties for 110 yards and was flagged three times for unsportsmanlike conduct with under a minute remaining and the outcome no longer in doubt.
Jacob Burton led the Sages with 11 tackles and two forced fumbles. Josh Burton and Clay Becker each had 10 tackles and Ben Wilson seven.
“Coach has always put a big emphasis on creating turnovers, especially causing fumbles and rallying around the ball,” Becker said. “I think we did that well (Friday night). I was really proud of how our guys flew to the ball.
“I give all the credit to our coaches. They spend countless hours watching film and providing scouting reports for us and making sure everything is covered so we can shut it down.”
Monticello was able to find the end zone thanks to good field position off A-O miscues. Quarterback Sam Parrish bulled his way in for a 7-yard TD in the first quarter, and Becker added a 25-yard touchdown in the second.
Dylan Knisley scored from 10 yards to put the Sages up by two scores early in the fourth.
Becker is filling the role Vinny Strack held a year ago, as an athletic offensive specialist who can line up in the backfield or out wide at receiver.
“I love it (on offense),” Becker said. “I was a running back my freshman year. That’s where I’ve been most of my career, but if Coach needs me somewhere else, I’ll go there.”
Okaw Valley Black standings
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Monticello 0 0 2 0
Unity 0 0 2 0
Clinton 0 0 1 1
St. Teresa 0 0 1 1
Shelbyville 0 0 0 2
Sullivan/Okaw Valley 0 0 0 2
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Clinton at Tuscola
St. Teresa at Central A&M
Monticello at Warrensburg-Latham
Shelbyville at Argenta-Oreana
Sullivan/Okaw Valley at Maroa-Forsyth
Unity at Meridian