WOODSFIELD - Monroe Central made a resounding statement Friday night in Woodsfield.
And it did so to the detriment of previously unbeaten Fort Frye, which headed back to Beverley after a humbling 48-20 defeat at the hands of the steadily improving Seminoles.
Monroe (3-2) rushed for a season-high 364 yards, averaging more than 10 yards per carry en route to its most impressive victory of the season.
MONROE CENTRAL quarterback Curtis Nixon avoids a Fort Frye tackler during Friday’s game in Woodsfield. Nixon had a big game, running for 191 yards and throwing for 100 more. All told, he accounted for four touchdowns.
It's the third straight week the 'Noles have scored at least 47 points and the second straight week the team has gone through a game without having to punt.
Try as the Cadets might, there was just no stopping the duo of quarterback Curtis Nixon and running back Levi Brown.
"They were having success getting to the edge and every time we tried to make an adjustment, they had something to match it," noted Fort Frye coach Erick Huck as his team fell to 4-1. "Whatever we tried to take away, they found a way around it. They are a good football team."
It was another career night from Nixon, who led the way with 191 yards on 13 carries, running and passing for two touchdowns as the senior added 100 yards through the air.
"Curtis is starting to get untracked," Monroe Central coach Jay Circosta said. "And Levi, pound for pound, is one of the toughest running backs around."
Brown is the epitome of the wrecking ball back. At 5-foot-4 and weighing a whole 146 pounds, Brown's low center of gravity and ever churning legs saw the junior break tackle after tackle.
He finished with 165 yards and three touchdowns and there was little the Cadets' tacklers could do to stop him except hang on and hope for a host of reinforcements.
Another key aspect is Monroe proved it can overcome early adversity. For the second straight game, Monroe coughed up the ball on its opening drive, only to watch its opponent convert an easy score a few plays later.
This time it was Chandler Lang scooting in from 36 yards out after an Monroe fumbled on its first play.
"We started slow and sort of spotted them 14 points early," Circosta said, also recalling a 50-yard hookup from Lang to Terren Huck that sparked the Cadets' second scoring drive.
Those 14 points for Fort Frye came during the first quarter. The Cadets wouldn't score again until late in the fourth.
In between, Monroe's offensive ground assault set off on multiple lengthy marches, chewing up yards in bunches with little resistance.
At the half, Monroe had 250 yards on the ground and a 11.4 yards per carry average.
Nixon had scoring connections with Jake Schuerman from 23 yards out and later found Zach Jorris from 36 out.
Monroe's first team offensive unit had eight posessions for the game. Six of those resulted in scores.
The other two resulted in the opening-drive turnover and an interception to close out the first half.
Mikey Jones again led the defensive charge, charting 12 tackles with a sack while Gavin Morton had six stops and a sack.
Monroe faces another stiff test Friday as it travels across the river to New Martinsville for its annual meeting with Magnolia. Fort Frye, meanwhile hits the road to face off with Frontier.
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