Monroe County football coach John Petett told his coaching staff before Friday’s playoff game with Monroe County that if it came down to it he was going for the win instead of playing for the tie. We’re here to win, he told them.
And Petett’s forecast came out exactly as he thought as Carleton Huff scored a 2-point conversion with 34 seconds to go in the game to give the Falcons a 35-34 “old school” victory.
“I knew I was going to go for it even before the game started. I told the coaches we were not going to play for the tie. We wanted the win.” said an excited Petett. “A key for us was that we were able to jump them offside right before and that allowed us to only have to go a yard-and-a-half for the conversion. I told the guys in the huddle we were going for it. Then, I turned to Huff and said you’re going to win this game tonight”
The Falcons turned the game around in the second half. After trailing at the intermission 28-14, Monroe County turned the tide. After holding the Wildcats on their first possession of the second half, the Falcons took their first time with the ball and drove for a touchdown.
Huff and quarterback Lincoln Arnett marched the Falcons down the field. Huff capped the scoring drive with a 72-yard touchdown run at the 8:50 mark of the third period. Brian White’s kick was good and the Falcons were within seven a 28-21. Monroe County held the Wildcats on the following possession when Austin Wheeler intercepted Trigg County quarterback Luke McKenzie. The Falcons took advantage of the turnover and took it in for a touchdown. Arnett capped the scoring drive with a 1-yard scoring run. The extra point failed and Falcons were within one at 28-27.
The Wildcats created separation from the Falcons early in the fourth period when McKenzie, while being tackled, lateraled back to Jayven Jones and Jones rushed 40 yards untouched for the touchdown. Reagan Hyde’s kick was good and with 7:36 to go in the game, the Wildcats led 34-27, setting up the Falcons’ final drive with Huff scoring from four yards out to make it 34-33.
“We went back to playing old school football. That’s what we do,” said Petett. “We drove the ball down the field. Caleb Veach and Carleton Huff ran the ball very well. These kids never quit. They never gave up. I couldn’t be more proud of these kids and and my staff.
The first half was all Trigg County, but the Wildcats got a lot of help from Monroe County. The Falcons got on the board first when Veach ran it over from four yards out for a touchdown. White’s kick was good and the Falcons led 7-0 at the 8:27 mark of the first period.
The Wildcats answered on the following possession when they drove the ball in for the touchdown. McKenzie connected for a 7-yard touchdown pass with Jones. Hyde’s extra point was good to tie the game at 7-7. On the following possession, the Falcons fumbled and Trigg County made them pay. The Wildcats got the ball back and Jones’ capped a 25-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Hyde’s kick was good and the Wildcats led 14-7 with 3:00 to go in the first period.
The Falcons turned the ball over on their next possession when Arnett was intercepted. However, the Wildcats didn’t convert on the turnover and were forced to punt. That’s when the Falcons got the ball back and fumbled again. The Wildcats drove the ball this time and scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from McKenzie to Quentin Bird. The kick was good and the Wildcats led 21-7 with 8:48 to go.
“They had our number in the first half,” Petett said. “We had three turnovers and 21 unanswered points.”
The Falcons got back on the scoreboard on the next possession when Arnett scored from three yards out. White’s kick was good and the Falcons were within seven at 21-14 with 5:38 to go in the half. However, Trigg County added another score right before the half to make it 28-14 at the intermission
The Falcons will now travel to Paducah on Friday to face Paducah Tilghman.
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