Blazers Blast Monroe

Posted: September 7, 2013

PENN LAIRD — One year removed from a 42-point drubbing, William Monroe gave Spotswood a more competitive game this year.

It still wasn’t nearly enough.

Spotswood turned in a strong first-half performance, managing consistently favorable field position en-route to a 54-28 victory Friday night. For the game, the Blazers only outgained the Dragons 374-288, but converted several short scoring drives in the first half.

Senior tailback Matt Slater paced the Blazers with 156 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. SHS junior wide receiver Khalil Davis added two touchdowns. The Blazers led 19-0 after the first quarter and 33-6 at halftime in a game that was never in doubt.

Of SHS’s five first-half touchdown drives, three began inside the Dragon’s 35-yard line.

William Monroe coach Mark Sanford was not thrilled about his team’s offensive execution early in the game. The Dragons’ first play from scrimmage was an interception. On their next possession, Slater blocked a punt. Both led to SHS touchdowns on the ensuing plays.

“We were backed up and then we would put the ball on the ground, Sanford said.” “It kills the momentum. And when you got a good, powerful team like [SHS], they make you pay for it.”

It was the season opener for William Monroe and it showed. They fumbled five times, threw two interceptions, and had a punt blocked. Spotswood, playing its second game of the season, was coming off a three-point loss to Western Albemarle, and only turned the ball over once.

“We were focused,” SHS defensive coordinator John Weeks said. “The guys came back excited and ready to work. [The mindset was] Let’s get back to championship level.”

Davis, who had two touchdowns on two touches — one rushing and one receiving— in the first half, said Spotswood was destined to bounce back in strong fashion.

“Everyone took this week of practice a lot more seriously just because we didn’t want to go through the same thing that we did last week,” Davis said.

Slater was again dominant, doing the bulk of his work in the first half before making way for reserves. Sophomore quarterback Zach Polglase threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Polglase and junior Matt Weston split time at quarterback, but Polglase who took the majority of snaps.

SHS players and coaches noted that this was an improved Dragons squad from a year ago and cited that youth was why they struggled last year, when they lost to SHS 62-20.
 
“There was more fight in them this year,” Weeks said. “You get up 62-0 and it’s hard for young guys.”

                                  SHS                WM
First Downs               12                    9
Penalties                    4-25             8-44
Fumbles-Lost             1-1                5-1
Punt Avg.                   2-31.0         3-33.0

1st Quarter
S- Davis 36yd run (kick failed) 6-0 S 9:58
S- Detamore 35yd rec from Polglase (run failed) 12-0 S 9:40
S- Slater 15yd run (Slater kick) 19-0 S 4:38
2nd Quarter
WM- Glover 4yd run (kick failed) 19-6 7:01
S- Davis 61yd rec from Polglase (Slater kick) 26-6 5:05
S- Slater 19yd run (Slater kick) 33-6 1:37
3rd Quarter
WM- Burley 3yd run  (2pt success) 33-14 6:59
S- Slater 51yd run (Slater run) 41-14 6:48
S- Garrison 4yd run (Slater kick) 48-14 4:45
4th Quarter
WM- Inzana 16yd rec from Trevillian (run failed) 48-20 8:07
WM- Trevillian 10yd fumble return (Perkins run) 48-28 6:46
S- Baker 17yd rec from Polglase (kick failed) 54-28 3:19

RUSHING: WM- Perkins 20-136, Burley 16-100, Glover 1-4, Trevillian 1-4, Mallory 1- (-2), Team 4- (-21);
SHS- Slater 16-156, Davis 3-34, Soard 2-29, Ehle 6-20, Garrison 3-9, Team 1- (-6)
PASSING: WM- Trevillian 9-15-71-2; SHS- Polglase 4-7-146; Weston 2-2-25
RECEIVING: WM- Perkins 5-22, Inzana 1-16, Villers 1-14, Mallory 1-12, Clements 1-7; SHS- Davis 1-61, Detamore 1-35, Blandon 2-40, Ehle 1-18, Baker 1-17.