Moniteau Runs Past C-L for 44-26 win
Written by: William Albright on Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Although it took 48 minutes on the game clock to complete the contest, it only took about three minutes to determine the issue in Moniteau’s 44-26 win over Clarion-Limestone Friday night.
With the two teams deadlocked at 14-all, the Warriors promptly ripped off 23 unanswered points for a 37-14 lead and they never looked back.
With the 14-14 tie existing, the Lions were forced into a punting situation deep in their own territory. However, as fate would have it for C-L during the next three-plus minutes, the snap from center went over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for a safety.
That is when the Moniteau defense stepped up and the Warriors offense, led by the legs of James Shope, took over.
Following the “free” kick after the safety, Shope, who rushed for 155 yards on 22 carries, scored three of his four touchdowns on runs of 20, 16 and 20 yards.
“That (Clarion-Limestone) is a good football team, but I think the safety and the quick scores definitely gave us the momentum,” said Campbell. “We thought it was going to be a tough game and it was. There is no clear-cut favorite in the league this year. The teams are pretty even.”
As for Shope, his outstanding effort came on the heels of his experiencing some tough times.
“He is a good running back and he went through some tough times this past week when his grandfather passed away,” explained Campbell. “Last week I don’t know if his head was really in the game, but I know one thing. His head was definitely in the game tonight.”
Including Shope’s success overland, the Warriors rushed for 299 yards, quarterback Kyle Armogast’s 99 yards complementing Shope’s big night.
The Lions stunned their hosts when Zach Kemmer took the opening kickoff back 87 yards for the game’s first score.
Although the Lions played well at times, coach Todd Smith felt that the lack of consistency hurt his club.
“The thing is last week, we just didn’t play a complete football game,” said Smith. “Last week we played a great first half, and then we fell off in the second half when we allowed Redbank to come back on us and we lost by one point. This week was just the opposite for us. We didn’t play real well in the first half, but I thought we came out and played real hard in the second half. I feel we are really close and I think if we can get in the win column, this team can do some real good things.”
Although the Lions rushed for a net of zero yards, they did have a lot of success through the airways as Dan Miller completed 11 of 32 for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
After the wild first half that saw the two teams combine for 57 points, there was no scoring in the third period before each team picked up a touchdown in the final period to set the final.
So what can the Lions learn from their second straight loss to open the season?
“We had a young team the last two years that has taken its lumps,” said Smith. “We are really close and I am just trying to get my kids to understand that a play here or one there can make a big difference, and if we do that, we can become a pretty good football team.”
Now 1-1. Moniteau takes to the roadways to visit the Punxsutawney Chucks at LaMarca Stadium Friday night, while the Lions (0-2) remain on the road, visiting KSAC rival A-C Valley as they look for their first win of the season. Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.
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