Quick start, lopsided win leaves district in Panthers' hands

Preston Ries of Monticello (5) tries to break the tackle of a Camanche player during the Sept. 29 game at Camanche. (Photos courtesy of Miley Duritza, Camanche High School)

Urijah Etzel carries the ball for the Panthers at Camanche Friday.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   It took fewer than seven minutes for the Monticello Panthers to not only take control of their Sept. 29 football game at Camanche, but also to claim the driver’s seat in Class 2A, District 4.

   Monticello scored three touchdowns in the first 6:54 of the game, Preston Ries rushed for 336 yards and four touchdowns, and the Panthers throttled Camanche 56-14.

   The teams came into the game as the last unbeatens in the district. The Panthers came away 3-0 in district play, 5-1 overall. Wins over West Liberty at home Friday and at Tipton Oct. 13 would give Monticello its third straight district crown.

   The win also clinched a spot in the state playoffs for the Panthers.

   As it has been for many Panther games this season, a quick start was the key Friday against the Storm.

   “It’s just like every other week; we want to start fast and put pressure on the other team,” Monticello coach Wes Wilson said.

   Camanche started the game double-teaming Peyton Schilling, who came into the evening as the leading receiver in Class 2A.

   The Panthers responded with a ground game that racked up 462 yards.

   “We were able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Wilson said. “We were able to run the ball very effectively with Preston and Conner (Jordan, 58 yards rushing). They showed a lot of respect for Peyton, but he did the little things to help us win by blocking very well downfield.”

   Monticello’s first drive was also its most sustained march of the game. The Panthers went 86 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a four-yard run by Ries. A.J. Phelps, who was 8-for-8 on extra point attempts in the game, booted the first one through for a 7-0 Panthers lead.

   Camanche fumbled in its very first play from scrimmage, and Gatlin Wright recovered for the Panthers at the Storm 27. On the next play, Ries found Ty Tallman over the middle for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

   The Panthers scored on their next two drives as well, on a 46-yard run by Ries and a 35-yard pass, Ries to Easton Prull.

   Between those was an 80-yard scoring pass from Bryce Buckley to Josh Wiersema for the Storm, but Monti led 28-7 after one quarter.

   “The defense again played very well. They have a couple really good receivers and they did hit us for a couple of big plays, but we did a good job of limiting their run game and making them one-dimensional,” Wilson said.

   Ries scored again early in the second quarter, on a three-yard plunge, and the 35-7 Panther lead held up to halftime.

   Camanche opened the second half with a scoring drive, as Buckley hit Wiersema again, this time on a 19-yard touchdown pass, to make it 35-14.

   But the Panthers answered with a 59-yard drive, and a 10-yard scoring run by Jordan; and later a six-yard touchdown run by Ries, to lead 49-14 late in the third quarter, setting the continuous clock in motion due to Monti’s 35-point lead.

   Monticello tallied once more in the final quarter, a six-yard run by Brady Gogel.

   Wilson said the team is trying to avoid looking too far ahead as it prepares for the postseason.

   “Our focus stays the same every week,” he said. “We have the big goal in front of us, but in order to reach that we need to take care of business every week. We need to prepare well each week and continue to improve.”


Sept. 29

(at Camanche)

Monti     28   7  14   7 – 56

Cam        7    0    7   0 – 14



     Monti – Ries 4 run (Phelps kick).

     Monti – Tallman 27 pass from Ries (Phelps kick).

     Monti – Ries 46 run (Phelps kick).

     Monti – Prull 35 pass from Ries (Phelps kick).

     Cam – Wiersema 80 pass from Buckley (Liles kick).


     Monti – Ries 3 run (Phelps kick).


     Cam – Wiersema 19 pass from Buckley (Liles kick)

     Monti – Jordan 10 run (Phelps kick).

     Monti – Ries 6 run (Phelps kick).


     Monti – Gogel 6 run (Phelps kick).


                                  Monti      Cam

First downs                 24            5

Rushing yds.              462        106

Passing yds.              178        246

Comp.-att.-int.         9-16-0   13-23-0

Total yards                 640        352

Fumbles lost                0            1

Penalties-yds.           5-40       1-10


     Rushing – Ries 39-336, Jordan 7-58, Etzel 3-32, Gogel 5-20, Schneiter 4-17, Phelps 1-(-1).

     Passing – Ries 9-16-178-2-0.

     Receiving – Jordan 3-72, Tallman 2-50, Prull 1-35, Schilling 3-21.

     Fumble recoveries – Wright.

     Tackles – Ries 6.5, Phelps 5.5, Schilling 5, Jordan 5, Monk 4.5, Wright 4, Graves 4, Cox 3.5, Tallman 3, Brokaw 3, Sampson 2.5, J. Luensman 2.5, T. Luensman 2.5, Prull 2.5, Gogel 2, Schneiter 1.5, Ponder 1.5, Dutra 1,

     Sacks – Monk 1.

     Tackles-for-loss – Ries 2, Phelps 1.5, Graves 1.5, Brokaw 1, Monk 1.




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