Jordan Valley def. Monument/Dayville 54-0
MONUMENT - Everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Monument-Dayville High School football team in its opening TriCo League game of the season against Jordan Valley on Friday, Sept. 19.
The Tigers fumbled away the opening kickoff, had a punt blocked, had another punt returned for a 64-yard touchdown and netted a mere 30 yards in total offense as the Mustangs rolled to a 54-0 victory.
"The kids played with a lot of heart today and they didn't get discouraged," Tigers' coach Brad Drake said.
After recovering the opening kickoff at the Monument-Dayville 42-yard line, the Mustangs took just three plays to score the first touchdown when quarterback Mike Johnson hit Pat Anderson with a 10-yard pass at the 10:13 mark. Ryan Mackenzie passed to Johnson for the 2-point conversion and Jordan Valley was off and running 8-0.
The Tigers went three plays and out on their first possession of the game and were forced to punt on a fourth and five situation at the Jordan Valley 47-yard line.
Nathaniel Ashley's kick was blocked and the Mustangs were back in business at the Tigers' 32-yard line.
Five plays later, Mackenzie put the second touchdown on the board with a 5-yard run and also ran for the conversion, giving Jordan Valley a 16-0 lead with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter.
Monument/Dayville was forced to punt once again late in the quarter and with 47 seconds showing on the clock, Drew Elsner took the ball 64 yards up the sideline in front of the Jordan Valley bench to paydirt and a 24-0 lead.
The Tiger defense played a strong second quarter holding the Mustangs scoreless until the 5:29 mark, when Mackenzie tallied his second touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run to give Jordan Valley a 32-0 halftime lead.
In the second half injuries befell the Tigers and with Ashley, Ryan Sagaser and Nathan Rayburn on the bench, Jordan Valley put 16 additional points on the board in the third quarter on a pass from Johnson to Mackenzie and a 1-yard run by Cody Cline to make the score 48-0 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
"They just had more depth than us and when we got some of our players hurt, we had to use several kids who didn't have much experience," Drake said.
Jordan Valley put the final score on the board with 10:39 remaining in the game on a 1-yard run by Paul Elsner.
Mackenzie led the Jordan Valley rushing attack with 10 carries good for 94 yards. Pat Hipwell carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards.
Mani Martin was the leading rusher for the Tigers with 23 yards on 10 carries.
Monument/Dayville hosts Spray/Wheeler in another TriCo League game acon Friday, Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Dayville.