The Monroe County Falcons never quit fighting Friday night and the hard work throughout the season paid off, as the Falcons ended the season with a 9-1 record, as they outdueled Allen County 45-33.
Head coach John Petett was quick to commend his offensive line.
“They really played great, they opened the holes and we are district champs,” Petett said.
Tanner Strode scored the first score of the night when he ran around the right end at the 9:00 mark in the first quarter.
The Falcons kept to the run game throughout, going to the air a few times in order to keep the Patriots off balance, according to Petett.
“That was the key,” he said. “
Running back Jacob Hodges was a beast throughout the game, offensively and defensively.
Hodges’ scored from inside the 10 at the 11:30 mark in the second quarter when he split the defense, bouncing off numerous tacklers.
The run game was consistent throughout the night, utilizing the middle and going off tackle, something Petett was looking for.
“This is one of the best lines we’ve had ... we know that if we can find some seams, hit some holes, then we have the ability to bust it open,” Petett said. “We knew we had to dominate the line of scrimmage, and that is what we did.”
On fourth down, the Falcons looked to keep the Patriots off balance, as they went to the air, finding a wide open John Reecer.
Reecer was alone in the back of the end zone, as the Patriots were playing the rush, as they looked to defend the dive.
“Our focus has been hitting the holes and our offensive line did a great job, as did our backs,” Petett said. “We are really a big option team, but tonight we couldn’t run it due to the early injury to [Chad] Wilson. We ran off tackle very well. I am really proud of the guys for the season and especially how they played tonight. It was a dogfight. We knew that it was going to be a dogfight.”
Lincoln Arnett filled in at quarterback to due Wilson’s injury.
Petett said Wilson will be fine.
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