PHOTO: Monticello’s Tanner Felton (white jersey) plows between two Anamosa defenders for Monticello’s first touchdown in its 28-0 win Aug. 30 in Anamosa. (Photo by Pete Temple)
By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
A third quarter barrage for the Monticello Panthers helped make sure that the Cowbell Trophy would remain in Monticello for another year.
The Panthers scored 21 unanswered points in the quarter, 14 of those in the first five minutes, and pulled away to a 28-0 victory over rival Anamosa in the season-opening football game Friday, Aug. 30 in Anamosa.
“We challenged the guys (at halftime),” Monticello coach Jon Kyte said, “and told them, ‘Let’s play like the Monticello team we know you can be.’ ”
The victory gave Monticello the Cowbell Trophy for the second straight year and the eighth time out of the last nine.
Tanner Felton rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Cody Jamison rushed for 109 yards and one score for Monticello (1-0).
Neither team scored in the first half, but punter Peyton Paddock made what was probably the key play of the first 24 minutes.
A snap on the punt went over Paddock’s head, but he ran back and retrieved the ball, moved to his right, and boomed what amounted to a 60-yard punt when the ball was finally downed at the Anamosa 4-yard line.
The Panthers took control in the third quarter. Tyler Johnson returned the half’s opening kickoff 33 yards to the Raider 37. Tanner Felton broke a 34-yard run, and three plays later he plunged in on a fourth-and-goal from the 1. Paddock’s extra point gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead.
An Anamosa fumble, recovered by Spencer Williams of Monticello, set up the next score. On the very next play, Jamison ran an option around the left side, juked and avoided at least three clear shots at tackling him, and scored on a 41-yard play. Paddock’s point-after made it 14-0.
“They were overloading on Tanner on the pitch,” Kyte said. “Cody saw it, made some great cuts, and turned it into a big play.”
A short Raider punt put the Panthers in good shape again late in the quarter, and Johnson responded with a 25-yard run on a counter play, giving Monticello a 21-0 lead with 2:13 left in the half.
Felton’s 15-yard run in the fourth quarter, followed by Paddock’s kick, ended the scoring.
The Monticello defense allowed just 82 total yards, and Anamosa was unable to cross midfield in the second half.
The Panthers will play host to Maquoketa Valley in their second non-district game Sept. 6 at Dean Nelson Field.
Monticello 0 0 21 7 – 28
Anamosa 0 0 0 0 – 0
Monti - Felton 1 run (Paddock kick), 9:40 remaining.
Monti - Jamison 41 run (Paddock kick), 7:35.
Monti - Johnson 25 run (Paddock kick), 2:13.
Monti – Felton 15 run (Paddock kick), 7:37.
First downs 13 4
Rushing yards 277 76
Passing yards 20 6
Comp.-att.-int. 2-10-0 5-11-1
Total yards 297 82
Fumbles-lost 4-1 5-1
Penalties-yds. 10-95 6-50
Rushing – Felton 16-125, Jamison 15-109, Johnson 1-25, Kraus 1-16, Welter 1-2.
Passing – Jamison 2-10-20-0-0.
Receiving - Easton 1-10, Johnson 1-10.
Interception – Kraus.
Fumble recovery – Williams.
Tackle leaders - Felton 6, Pike 5, Paddock 3, Jamison 2.5, Holtz 2.5, Aitchison 2.5, Easton 2.
Tackles-for-loss - Paddock 1, Holtz 1, Eckhardt 1, Pike .5, Fuhrmeister .5.