Arlington 56, Monument-Dayville-Mitchell 12
DAYVILLE - The Monument-Dayville-Mitchell football team had no answer for Arlington's Jeremy Rosenbalm as the Honkers rolled over the Tigers 56-12 in the first game of the 2002 football season on Friday, Sept. 6.
Rosenbalm returned a pair of intercepted passes of 81 and 77-yards for touchdowns, and also scored four additional times on runs of 90 and 22 yards and on passes of 20 and 35 yards from Mike Sallee.
If that wasn't enough, the junior one-man wrecking crew threw a 10-yard pass to Sallee for the first touchdown of the game, and hit Walter Cahail with a 20-yard scoring strike for the second touchdown of the second quarter.
"They have a good team, no doubt about it," MDM coach Skip Inscore said. "However, I was very impressed with the way we played out there today having only practiced together as a team three times."
The Honkers opened the scoring at the 7:59 mark of the first quarter on a 10-yard Rosenbalm to Sallee pass, and pushed the lead to 14-0 with 5:34 remaining in the quarter when Rosenbalm picked off a Nathaniel Ashley pass and took it back 81-yards for a score.
Arlington upped the margin to 22-0 on the opening play of the second period when Rosenbalm swept the left side on a quarterback keeper and sprinted 90 yards to pay dirt.
The Tigers tried to hang tough, but could not handle the speed of Arlington's running backs.
A 20-yard Rosenbalm to Cahail pass made the score 28-0 with 7:03 remaining in the half before the Tigers managed to get on the board.
Starting at midfield, Ashley and the Tigers put together a drive which culminated with a 23-yard scoring pass to Dustin Jewell to make the score 28-6.
Arlington came back with 1:29 remaining on a 20-yard Sallee to Rosenbalm pass, and put the final points of the first half on the board when Rosenbalm returned an interception 77-yards for yet another score with 54 seconds left on the clock.
"Overall, we didn't play as badly as the score might indicate," Inscore said. "The thing was, we were in position but just didn't make the tackles. About every other play we'd execute."
Arlington scored the only touchdown of the third quarter on a 22-yard Rosenbalm run to make the score 48-6 heading into the final 12 minutes of action.
Nolan Jones scored the Tigers' second touchdown of the game to open the fourth quarter hauling in a pass from Henry Pedro and sprinting 39-yards into the end zone.
With 51 seconds remaining in the game, Sallee hit Rosenbalm from 35-yards out for the final touchdown of the contest.
"I'm not discouraged, we have a lot of young kids who got in the game who don't know what's going on yet," said Inscore. "We are still learning and we are going to get better as the season goes along. We didn't quit and we have a positive attitude, that's what's important."
Monument-Dayville-Mitchell travels to Crane on Friday, Sept., 14, to play the Crane junior varsity. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.