Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 8, 2012

Big challenge

Falcons answer call, roll past Trojans

GLASGOW — Monroe County coach John Petett is not known to be a quiet coach. Some of his pre-game speeches get loud. However, before his football team took the field against Barren County Friday night, Petett didn’t say very much. He merely looked at them and said, “Good luck.”

After a 26-18 loss to Warren East last week, Petett wanted to challenge his team to respond and he got just what he wanted as his Monroe County Falcons jumped on top of the Trojans early and often as the Falcons scored through the air, on the ground and on defense to pick up a 46-6 victory.

“We went to a little different defensive set tonight, and I think that really helped us out,” said Petett.  I was really proud of our kids. We returned the interception for a touchdown and then picked up the fumble and took it in for a touchdown.

“Defensively, we were able to open up the lanes a little bit and we were able to put some pressure on the quarterback. But (Barren County quarterback) Josh Durham is a tough kid and he hung in there under the pressure. We were able to make them throw the perfect pass if they were going to get a completion. And that’s what we wanted to do.”                                                                                       

After exchanging a couple of possessions to open the game, the Falcons got on the scoreboard late in the first period. The Trojans had just intercepted Monroe County’s Chad Wilson to take over possession deep in Falcon territory. But after a couple of running plays, Durham dropped back to pass and was intercepted by Jacob Hodges, who returned the ball 70 yards for the touchdown. John Stone Proffitt took the ball over for the two-point conversion and the Falcons led 8-0.

“A storm was supposed to be heading into the area tonight and I think it got here about 7 p.m.,” Barren County coach Jason Esters said factiously. “We just couldn’t get anything going offensively. It was not a good night for us offensively. I was shocked by the way we played.”

After forcing the Trojans to punt on their next possession, the Falcons took over on their own 48-yard line. Monroe County wasted little time scoring as the Falcons got a 52-yard touchdown run by Brooks Murphy. Brian White kicked the extra point and the Falcons were up 15-0 with 11:00 to go in the half.

Monroe County’s third touchdown of the half came after a Barren County fumble with 9:36 to go. Hodges pounded the ball up the middle a couple of times before Wilson faked the handoff, and ran around the left side of the Barren County defense for a 48-yard touchdown run. White’s kick was good to make it 22-0.

“This was a big victory for us tonight going forward,” Petett said. The Falcons play host to the undefeated Glasgow Scotties next Friday night at 7 p.m.

And the Falcons final touchdown of the first half came as time ran out on the clock. After intercepting another Durham pass, Wilson found Proffitt behind the Trojan defense for a 54-yard touchdown pass. White’s kick was good and the Falcons took a 36-0 lead into the intermission.

“Jacob Hodges is a bulldog and his running really helps Chad out a lot,” said Petett. “We got a lot of people involved in the offense tonight. Brooks Murphy had a good game and John Stone Proffitt played well. And I think our offensive line deserves a lot of credit for this win because they gave Chad a lot of time in the backfield.”

The Trojans opened the second half of play with some excitement. After forcing the Falcons into their third punt of the night, Wilson’s kick was blocked and Cole Payne picked up the loose ball and rambled 15 yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, but the Trojans were on the board, trailing 36-6.

The scoring slowed down in the second half. Monroe County picked up a safety with 5:38 to go in the third quarter when Hodges tackled Durham in the end zone. That gave the Falcons a 38-6 lead.

The Falcons’ final touchdown of the night came with 1:51 to go in the third period. The Falcons drove 63 yards, in eight plays, capped by a 23-yard touchdown run by Wilson. Proffitt found Jordan Phillips alone in the end zone for the two-point conversion and the Falcons had their 46-6 win.

The Trojans must now prepare for the start of the district part of their schedule. And it doesn’t get easy for the Trojans as Barren County will visit Warren Central next Friday night.

“I told the kids we have to put everything up to this point behind us,” Esters said. “All of this means nothing. Our real season starts next Friday with Warren Central.”

“As a team effort, we really needed this win. We needed to get the taste of last week out of our mouths,” said Petett. “I am really proud of my kids.”

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