WARRENSBURG — Coach Cully Welter removed Sam Parrish for the next two snaps after the starting quarterback nearly was intercepted on the Sages’ first offensive play.
After that, there was no reason to put the senior signal- caller back on the sidelines.
Parrish responded to the short reprimand by turning in the best game of his career as Monticello’s starting quarterback, throwing for 130 yards and two touchdowns while running for another in Monticello’s win against Warrensburg-Latham.
“I wish I would have been able to complete a few more passes because they were there and they were giving them to us,” Parrish said. “I get too nervous sometimes, but once things settle down I kind of get into a rhythm.”
Parrish found receiver Josh Burton for a 74-yard TD near the end of the first quarter and hit tight end Colton Gibson in stride for a 32-yard touchdown catch halfway through the second to give the Sages a 13-0 lead at the half.
“I don’t have any hesitation going to any one (of my receivers). I love all of them to death. They’re great guys who would dive for it if I threw it 15 feet over their head. They’ve all got sure hands, and I trust all of them,” Parrish said.
Monticello piled up 222 yards on the ground on 33 attempts with four different players rushing for at least 30 yards. Starters Dylan Knisley (32 yards) and Andrew Bailey (30 yards) got the attack going, but it was Clay Becker (51-yard TD on the first play of the second half) and backup sophomore quarterback Brandon Wildman (68 yards and two touchdowns) who put the points on the board for Monticello.
Becker, wearing injured junior Zach Fulton’s No. 14 jersey after his No. 5 went missing, led Monticello’s defense with 14 tackles, including five solos. Brendan Menacher was in the mix once again with nine tackles: a sack and two for a loss. Peter Cecava finished with eight tackles.
Okaw Valley Black
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Monticello 0 0 3 0
Unity 0 0 3 0
St. Teresa 0 0 2 1
Clinton 0 0 1 2
Sullivan/Okaw Valley 0 0 1 2
Shelbyville 0 0 0 3
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Clinton at Meridian
Argenta-Oreana at St. Teresa
Tuscola at Monticello
Warrensburg-Latham at Shelbyville
Central A&M at Sullivan/Okaw Valley
Maroa-Forsyth at Unity