River Drown Seminoles, 41-8
The Pilots Lukas Isaly racked up 275-yards of their 485-total yards and scored three touchdowns in a 41-8 romp against Monroe Central at Monroe Memorial Park Friday night.
“We have athletes to get the ball to,” River Head Coach Mike Flannery said. “People just can’t target our (quarterback) Lukas Isaly because we have other guys.”
It took some time before the Pilots got the party started. They fumbled the ball away on their opening possession, but their defense stopped the Seminoles on the 9-yard line, and from this point, the momentum was with the Pilots. They marched down the field 91-yards in 10 plays with Isaly capping-off the drive from a yard out, with the big play coming from an Isaly pass to Parker Caretti on a 32-yard pass play. Grant Williams split the uprights for the first of his five PAT kicks to give the visitors a 7-0 lead in the opening stanza.
The Pilots seized total control in the second by scoring on all three of their possessions. The first came from an Isaly three yard touchdown scamper, while Dakota Smith scored next on a nine-yard burst, and Drew Wagnild finished the half off when he tallied a touchdown from nine yards out to give the Pilots a 27-0 half time advantage.
The OHSAA’s mercy rule took effect in the middle stages of the third quarter after Isaly raced into the end-zone from 10 yards out, while Braden Wetsell who had a pair of interceptions on the defensive side of the ball, scored on a one-yard plunge to end the scoring for the Pilots.
Monroe Central avoided a shutout when Bobby O’Donnell hauled in a swing pass from Ryan LaFollette and went 29-yards down the sideline. LaFollette then caught a 2-point pass in the fourth period.
The Pilots had four different players score a touchdown and accumulated 485-yards offense against a Seminoles squad, with Isaly leading the charge with 140 yards and scored three times, while passing for 135 more to lead the Pilots. Wagnild added 77-yards on only four carries, scored once. Caretti tacked on 39-yards on three totes, while Whetsell tacked on 33-yards and a score on five chances.
In addition, Smith grounded for 29-yards and scored once, while Payton VanCamp totaled 16-yards, Stone Thompson, 12-yards, Colton Lawrence, seven yards, and Heath Rosen galloped for five yards.
Drew Dietz hauled in six passes for 60-yards, while Caretti grabbed two for 42-yards, and VanCamp 33-yards on his only catch.
The Big Red Machine piled up 23 first downs, while holding the Seminoles to only five first downs. The Pilots had five penalties thrown their way for 25 lost yards, while the ‘Noles were caught only once for five yards lost.
Defensively, the Pilots lost two fumbles, while the Pilots picked-off the Seminoles twice. Cody Saska was again the top defensive player for the Pilots in the win over the Seminoles. He recorded six solo tackles, including one for loss of yardage and assisted on two others in limited action because of the score, while Mason Ladyga and Dakota Smith each recorded five stops. Braden Whetsell made two interceptions, while Parker Caretti added another. Colton Lawrence had the only quarterback sack.
The Pilots will look to move to 4-0 Friday when the host the win less Magnolia Blue Eagles. The Pilots haven’t beat the Blue Eagles since 2008, and will look to halt that defeat at Flannery Field at 7:30 p.m.