Seminoles cage Cougars
BEAVERTON – Monroe Central moved to 6-3 on a convincing romping of home-standing Frontier, on a windy and wet Friday night in New Matamoras, 48-0. The Seminoles were led by their play-making senior signal caller Korey Laffere.
Laffere, who took the game upon himself with a dazzling 116 rushing yards and 8-of-12 effort through the air, was good enough for 157 adding in a pair of pay dirt visits along the way
Frontier, which fell to 5-4, was stifled by a relentless Seminole defense.
It allowed just 40 yards of total offense on the night.
The Seminoles on the other hand registered 363 yards of offense, dominating the game through field position and well balanced offense anchored by Chase Carothers. Carothers got 8 touches accumulating a mere 32 yards, but was able to punch in a pair of scoring rushes both from 5-yards out.
Monroe Central began the night on its second drive after a fumble recovery by junior Chandler Kuhn. Junior Mike Jones pulled in a Laffere pass to set up Carothers for his first of the night. The kick was successful.
With time winding down in the first period, Laffere ran it in from 5-yards out after a Gavin Morton reception of 37-yards. The duo again hooked up for another 37-yards a minute later, this time Morton reaching the end-zone. The conversion fell incomplete.
On the next Seminole possession, Laffere took off the the left side before cutting it up and making hand full of Cougar tacklers miss before strolling into the end-zone from 87 yards out.
Heading into the half Laffere added onto the first half lead as Bryan Duffy hauled in a pass from the 10.
Frontier did have possession one last time before the midway point, as it attempted to get a play off before Quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s protection crumbled causing him to scramble. On his way down, he spotted an open receiver at the line of scrimmage. After he was wrapped up, he attempted to get the pass off before throwing it into the hands of an unsuspecting defensive lineman Eric Ward.
Ward returned the interception for the 21-yard emphatic score to increase the margin to 38-0.
Carothers added his second touchdown run in he third quarter from 5-yards out, before the Seminole first string called it a night.
Monroe Central did force a safety late in the fourth as a bad snap sailed over Jefferson’s head, forcing Jefferson to cover it up in the end-zone for the points and Seminole possession.
All said, Monroe Central needed just 51 plays for an average of over 7 per play opposed to Frontier, who was held to less than a yard on their 45 plays. Leading the defensive side was Josh Guiler who recorded 8.5 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, and adding a sack. Mike Jones and Camden Hill split 12 additional tackles evenly between the duo.
Frontier moves on to face a 6-3 River squad in the final week, with Monroe Central hosting Buckeye Trail.