Anamosa's 21-0 first half is difference in Panther loss

Bo Kramer of Monticello (in red) brings down an Anamosa ballcarrier during the Oct. 11 game at Dean Nelson Field. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Jeff Carlson of Monticello (in red) is chased by Anamosa’s Dominic Haas (62) and Sam Wilt while scrambling for yardage.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     If ever there were a case for the old sports cliché, “You can throw the records out when these two meet,” it was Friday night’s Cowbell Trophy football game at Dean Nelson Field.

     A previously winless Anamosa team controlled the ball and capitalized on Monticello turnovers to roll up a 21-0 first half lead, then held on to defeat the Panthers 21-13 Oct. 11.

     It dropped the down-but-not-out Panthers to 5-2 on the season, 1-2 in Class 2A, District 4 play. Anamosa went to 1-6 and 1-2.

     “We are going to learn from Friday night and get better,” Monticello head coach Wes Wilson said. “We still control our own destiny and that’s what we need to focus on.”

     That destiny comes from the Ratings Percentage Index, which determines the eight at-large playoff spots for teams that do not win their district championships. Monticello came into the Anamosa game a solid seventh in the Class 2A RPI (16 teams qualify), but no doubt dropped some with the loss in the Week Seven RPI, which had not been released by press time.

     The Panthers would need victories at Oelwein Oct. 18 and at home against Waterloo Columbus Oct. 25 to retain playoff hopes.

     Anamosa has no postseason hopes, but now has the Cowbell for the first time since 2015, ending Monticello’s three-game winning streak in the series. The Panthers still have an all-time record of 56-37-5 against the Blue Raiders.

     The visitors won Friday by controlling the ball, racking up 10 first downs in the first half while the Panthers had just two.

     Neither team scored in the first quarter, trading punts early, and then interceptions, with Luke Lambert getting the Panther pick.

     The first scoring drive started late in the first quarter. The Blue Raiders drove 80 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a 22-yard pass from Grahm Humpal to Trae Klatt on a fourth-and-9 play. Anamosa led 7-0 with 7:38 left in the first half.

     An interception on a tipped pass gave Anamosa the ball at its 41, and on the second play from scrimmage, Alex Casey broke away on a 59-yard run to give the Blue Raiders a sudden 14-0 lead.

     Following a Panther three-and-out, the Raiders marched 82 yards in 11 plays, scoring with 12.8 seconds left in the half. This was another tipped ball, winding up in the hands of Colton Borst in the end zone. Anamosa took the 21-0 lead into halftime.

     “They were able to capitalize on our mistakes in the first half and put some points on the board,” Wilson said. “They had some balls bounce their way, and we didn’t create any big plays ourselves.”

     Monticello got on the scoreboard late in the third quarter. The Panthers took the ball at their 15-yard line, moved to the 34, and Devin Kraus caught a pass from Jeff Carlson and broke free down the right sideline before being caught at the Anamosa 9, a play covering 57 yards.

     Three plays later, Carlson lofted a pass to Justin Recker for a Panther touchdown, and the extra point made it a 21-7 game.

     The Panthers got a break early in the fourth quarter when a bobbled snap on a punt gave Monticello the ball at the Anamosa 29. They were stopped on downs, however, at the 21.

     On the next series, Monticello did connect. The Panthers drove 72 yards in eight plays, scoring on another pass from Carlson to Recker, covering eight yards. The extra point kick failed, but it was a one-score game, with Anamosa leading 21-13 and 3:34 still to go.

     “Our guys didn’t give up, and I am extremely proud of them,” Wilson said. “They continued to fight and give themselves a chance to win the game. I thought after not playing well defensively in the first half, that was definitely our strength in the second half.”

     Monticello’s defense forced a three-and-out, and after a punt, the Panthers took over at their 14 with 2:26 left.

     The Panthers moved to the Anamosa 41, but a fumble popped up in the air and into the arms of Anamosa’s Levi Ehresman. He ran all the way to the end zone, but an inadvertent whistle ended the play.

     It was enough for Anamosa to settle the issue, however, as it took over on the Monticello 49 with 33.3 seconds left. The Panthers were out of time-outs, and the Blue Raiders took a knee and ran out the clock.

     “In a big rivalry game like this, momentum is a huge part,” Wilson said. “We turned the ball over five times and gave them lots of momentum. You are not going to win a lot of games losing the turnover battle 5-1.”


Oct. 11

Anamosa   0  21  0   0  –  21

Monti          0     0   7   6  – 13



     No scoring.


     Ana – Klatt 22 pass from Humpal (Brown kick), 7:38 remaining.

     Ana – Casey 59 run (Brown kick), 6:27.

     Ana – Borst 16 pass from Humpal (Brown kick), 0:12.8.


     Monti – Recker 9 pass from Carlson (Carlson kick), 3:59.


     Monti – Recker 8 pass from Carlson (kick failed), 3:34.


                                   Ana     Monti

First downs             14           15

Rushing yds.         210           52

Passing yds.          182          231

Comp.-att.-int.  17-27-1  21-41-3

Total yds.               392          283

Fumbles lost           0               2

Penalties-yds.    14-135      5-35


     Rushing – Jordan 10-31, Carlson 2-23, Kramer 1-0, James 1 (-2).                 

     Passing – Carlson 21-41-231-2-3.

     Receiving – Kraus 5-83, Recker 5-53, T. Luensman 4-49, K. Luensman 5-39, Lambert 8, Jordan (-1).

     Interception – Lambert.

     Tackles – Kramer 8, K. Luensman 7, T. Luensman 7, C. Weber 6.5, Folken 5.5, Lambert 5, Reuter 4, Kraus 3.5, L. Weber 3.5, Sauser 3, Cleeton 2.5, Manternach 2.5, Oswald 1.5, Barnhart 1.5.

     Sacks – Cleeton 0.5, Kramer 0.5, L. Weber 0.5, C. Weber 0.5.

     Tackles-for-loss – Kramer 1.5, C. Weber 1.5, Folken 1, Cleeton 0.5, Lambert 0.5, Reuter 0.5, L. Weber 0.5.

     Punting – Kraus 4-161, longest 49.

     Kickoff returns – T. Luensman 1-34, Sauser 2-23.



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