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Moniteau Treats Alums to 25-0 Win over Union-Rimersburg

Written by: on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Moniteau Treats Alums to 25-0 Shutout over Union-Rimersburg

West Sunbury —  It was Homecoming 2009 at Moniteau High School Friday night, and although somewhat rain-soaked, the Warrior fans and alums went home happy as Moniteau pitched a 25-0 shutout at the Knox Golden Knights.

The KSAC game featured two teams looking for a win, but with different aspirations.

For Moniteau, the Warriors were looking to put two wins in a row after a roller coaster start to the season, while for Union, the Golden Knights were simply looking for a win.

Moniteau coach Jeff Campbell hopes that his team is gaining consistency that will allow them to be very competitive down the stretch, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“The things we have been working on defensively, we knew we had to get better if we were going to be able to compete in this league this year,” said Moniteau head coach Jeff Campbell. “It is tough, it is a work in progress, but it is coming. We’re close to being a solid defensive team and give them credit, that is a good Union team. Coach (Al) Pryor has those kids playing hard and they never gave up.”

Offensively, Moniteau racked up 254 yards rushing to go along with 121 passing for a total offense of 375 yards much of that total coming in the first half.

Zach Wheeler hauled in a 20-yard scoring pass from quarterback Kyle Armogast on Moniteau’s first possession of the game before Armogast went in untouched from five yards later in the opening period for a 12-0 Warrior lead.

After sitting out the first quarter, Warrior running back James Shope completed the Moniteau and game scoring  in the second period on touchdown runs of 26 and 30 yards.

For his abbreviated night, Shope led all rushers with 172 yards on 15 carries, quarterback Armogast chipping in with another 72 yards overland for the Warriors.

With all of the scoring taking place in the opening 24 minutes, the defensive units for both teams took over for the final two quarters. For the game, the Warrior defenders only allowed the Golden Knights a total of 73 yards.

“Some nights the offense does it and other nights, the defense does it,” said Campbell. “Tonight was the night where the offense put some points up (on the scoreboard)  in the first half and the defense was able to hold them in the second half.”

After scoring 24 points in what appeared at the time to be a 54-24 loss to Brookville in the season opener that turned into a forfeit win for the Knights, they have only mustered a total of 10 points in the next four games.

Although his team was unable to score any points, Union coach Al Pryor was happy with what he saw from his young troops in terms of overall effort and defense in the second half.

“Offensively, we picked up a few first downs, but we are just self-destructing too much,” said Union coach Al Pryor. “There always seems to be somebody not doing what they are supposed to be doing, but we are young and it is coming. We don’t have a lot of numbers, but these kids play hard and never give up. We were able to shut them out in the second half and we are proud of that.”

Now five games into the season, Pryor was quick to point out that he and his assistant coaches are seeing improvement from week to week.

“Each week we have been improving from the week before and this is a big jump from where we were five weeks ago,” noted Pryor. “Last week was a little setback, but then this week, I thought we made a big improvement.”

With the win, the Warriors improve to 3-2 as they prepare to visit Knox for a crucial KSAC matchup with Keystone, while Union returns home to face powerful Clarion. Both games are set for 7 p.m. kickoffs.

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