Passing game, picks lead to victory over Cascade

Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello’s first high school football victory over Cascade since 2010 was a result of many factors, but two of those stood out:

     • Quarterback Jeff Carlson completing 17 of 27 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

     • Six interceptions by the Panther defense, including five in the second half.

     The Panthers scored twice in the second quarter – in fact neither team scored in the first, third or fourth quarters, and Monticello held on for a big season-opening win, 14-7, Aug. 30 at Dean Nelson Field.

     There were many contributors. Carlson completed multiple passes to five different receivers, and five different Panthers had at least one interception.

     Early in the game, the Panthers put together a couple of scoring threats before being stopped on downs – at the Cascade 26-yard line the first time, and at the 6 the second time.

     Monticello broke through on its third drive of the game, which began at the Cascade 46. Carlson launched a long pass over the middle to Tyler Luensman, who had beaten a defender, for a 33-yard touchdown with 10:01 left in the first half. The quarterback then booted the first of his two extra points for a 7-0 lead.

     The Cougars got their only touchdown when Jose Nava let a punt drop and roll before scooping it up and running 45 yards for a score. The point-after tied it 7-7 with 6:30 left in the half.

     Later in the quarter, Grahm Schneiter downed a Cascade punt at its 2-yard line. When the Cougars went three-and-out, it gave Monticello the ball at the Cascade 41 with 2:28 remaining.

     The Panthers took advantage, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Carlson to Luke Lambert with just 28.7 seconds left in the half.

     The 14-7 Monticello lead held up into halftime, and in fact remained the same throughout the second half. Five times in the half, Cascade had drives stopped by interceptions, including two by Luke Lambert. The final pick, by Devin Kraus with 57.3 seconds left, sealed the outcome. Kraus thought better of trying to make a return, choosing to fall to the ground so the offense could run out the rest of the clock.

     Monticello will play at home again Friday, this time against Dyersville Beckman.


Aug. 30

Cas        0    7   0   0  –   7

Monti     0  14   0   0  – 14



     No scoring.


     Monti – T. Luensman 33 pass from Carlson (Carlson kick), 10:05 remaining.

     Cas – Nava 45 punt return (Reinke kick), 6:30.

     Monti – Lambert 14 pass from Carlson (Carlson kick), 0:28.7.


     No scoring.


     No scoring.


                               Cas       Monti

First downs             10           14

Rushing yds.         119           70

Passing yds.            71          217

Comp.-att.-int.   6-20-6    19-27-1

Total yds.               190          287

Fumbles lost           0               0

Penalties-yds.     5-55         9-70


     Rushing – Jordan 22-59, Kramer 1-8, K. Luensman 1-6, Lambert 1-4, T. Luensman 1 (-2), Carlson 3(-6).

     Passing – Carlson 19-27-217-2-1.

     Receiving – Recker 5-73, T. Luensman 3-48, Kraus 4-44, Jordan 4-39, Lambert 3-23.

     Interceptions – Lambert 2, Recker, T. Luensman, K. Luensman, Kraus.

     Tackles-for-loss – Cleeton 1.5, Reuter 1.5, Weber 1.



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