River Pilots Fumble Away 46-6 Loss To Seminoles
The Monroe Central Seminoles scored three touchdowns without the benefit of an offensive snap to beat the River Pilots 46-6, Sept. 10 in Woodsfield.
Midway through the opening period, Seminole Kole Hogue had the game’s opening points when he scampered into the end zone from one yard out. After the conversion kick, it was 7-0, ‘Noles.
River needed less than 30 seconds to strike back, as sophomore quarterback Cody Caldwell fired a quick-out to junior Austin McConn, who fought off a would-be tackler and sprinted the distance to complete a 77-yard scoring play. However, the Pilots’ kicker, Tanner Wright, saw his potentially game-tying conversion blocked.
Moments later, River recovered a ‘Noles’ fumble near midfield. But two snaps later, Monroe junior Jacob Ring scooped up a loose ball and dashed 54 yards to the end zone.
When River coughed up the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Zac Potts recovered at the Pilot 33. The hosts retaliated immediately with QB Tyler Kinchen airing one out for senior Zac Lindemood, who beat two River defenders into the end zone.
“That fumble (at midfield) took away any chance we might have had,” said Pilot Head Coach Mike Flannery. “It was all downhill after that.”
Ring’s runback and Lindemood’s reception gave the ‘Noles two scores in a 14-second span, that made for a 20-6 score after one period.
Monroe Central added two additional scores in the second period, thanks primarily to Korey Lafferee. First, the ‘Noles’ junior ran back a blocked field goal attempt 77 yards at the 7:33 mark. Lafferee came back four minutes later to return a River punt 71 yards for six more and it was a 33-6 halftime reading.
The Seminoles added two more scores in the third quarter before both coaches went to their respective benches for the final 12 minutes. Hogue’s second one-yard blast of the evening was followed by a 15-yard Kory Hill scoring run to close out the scoring.
The Pilots lost four fumbles, while Monroe Central lost three. Monroe totalled 272 offensive yards, while the Pilots accumulated 130 yards. McConn was outstanding in defeat, leading the Pilots in both rushing and receiving, with 111 total yards.
The Pilots will host their cross-river rival Magnolia this Friday at 7:30 p.m.