PHOTO: Panther quarterback Cody Jamison runs for some of his 163 rushing yards in Monticello’s win at Northeast Oct. 25. (Photo by Pete Temple)
By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
While Monticello’s football team was taking care of business Friday, Oct. 25 at Northeast with a 43-13 win, the post-season picture changed elsewhere.
A popular theory was a Panther win, which would give them third place in Class 2A, District 4, would match them against New Hampton for Wednesday’s post-season opener.
Except that New Hampton knocked off top-rated Waukon, 19-14, giving New Hampton the District 3 title and dropping Waukon to second.
So the Panthers (4-2, 6-3) will instead travel to the northeast corner of the state to face Waukon (5-1, 8-1) Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Monticello’s win included a career night for senior quarterback Cody Jamison. Not only did he rush 15 times for 163 yards and four touchdowns, but he also intercepted two passes, returning one of those 67 yards for a score.
“Cody has gotten better and become a leader of the offense,” Monticello coach Jon Kyte said. “He’s recognizing, on offense, when he needs to keep it.”
The first half was a turnover fest, with Northeast committing six of them and Monticello committing three.
In fact, the first two plays from scrimmage were turnovers. Spencer Williams intercepted a Northeast pass on the Rebels’ first play, and Northeast’s Blake Dierks recovered a Panther fumble on the next play. Only 10 seconds of game time had gone by.
Northeast moved the ball fairly well in the first half, outgaining Monticello 228 to 138, but the Panthers went into halftime with a 23-7 lead, thanks largely to the Rebels’ six turnovers.
“It was a great half for our defense,” Kyte said. “Even though they gave up some yards, you can’t complain when the other team is not scoring and you’re causing turnovers.”
Two of those went for touchdowns. Jamison’s “pick six” happened with 7:58 left in the first quarter.
“We called a blitz, he did a great job of reading the quarterback. That was a huge thing to get us going,” Kyte said.
Later, Tanner Felton picked off a pass and sped 70 yards for another score with 4.6 seconds left in the quarter.
Jamison turned a fumble of his own into a score early in the second quarter. By the time he picked up the ball, he found a seam through the middle of the line and raced 42 yards for a score, giving the Panthers a 20-0 lead.
Northeast then had an 80-yard drive that included a successful fake punt, and scored on a 27-yard pass play, Will Hasken to Nick Wall. The Panthers led 20-7.
A Northeast fumble set up the final score of the first half, as Peyton Paddock kicked a 34-yard field goal with 1.6 seconds left to make the score 23-7.
The Panthers, who were going no-huddle in the first half and calling plays that appeared on the players’ wrist cards, changed that strategy in the second half. One of the cards turned up missing, and the Panther coaches worried that it had fallen into Northeast hands, so plays were given in the huddle in the second half.
Whether or not the huddle was a factor, Monticello dashed Northeast’s hopes in the third quarter, scoring on all three of its possessions – all touchdowns by Jamison, on runs of 5, 25 and 9 yards. The last score, coming with 3:17 left in the third quarter, gave Monticello a 43-7 lead and set the continuous clock in motion.
Northeast tacked on a touchdown with 34 seconds left in the game, on a 20-yard pass from Hasken to Mitchel Moehr to account for the final score.
Playoff game Wednesday
A look at Monticello’s first round playoff opponent, Waukon, appears in our special football section in this issue.
Monticello 13 10 20 0 – 43
Northeast 0 7 7 6 – 13
Monti - Jamison 67 interception return (kick failed), 7:58 remaining.
Monti – Felton 70 interception return (Paddock kick), 0:04.6.
Monti – Jamison 42 run (Paddock kick), 9:48.
NE - Wall 27 pass from Hasken (Stoecker kick), 6:02.
Monti - Paddock 34 field goal, 0:01.6.
Monti – Jamison 5 run (Paddock kick), 8:12.
Monti - Jamison 25 run (Paddock kick), 4:06.
Monti – Jamison 9 run (Paddock kick), 3:17.
NE - Moehr 20 pass from Hasken (pass failed), 0:34.0.
First downs 13 19
Rushing yards 219 94
Passing yards 47 251
Total yards 266 345
Comp.-att.-int. 5-10-1 23-41-4
Fumbles-lost 5-3 6-5
Penalties-yards 3-35 6-50
Rushing – Jamison 15-163, Felton 10-26, Kraus 8-24, Paddock 1-6, Aitchison 1-2, Gray 2 (-1).
Passing – Jamison 5-10-47-0-1.
Receiving – Easton 2-21, Williams 1-13, Johnson 1-7, Iben 1-6.
Fumble recoveries – Paddock, Aitchison, Norton, Fuhrmeister, Easton.
Interceptions - Jamison 2, Felton, Williams.
Tackles – Felton 7.5, Williams 5.5, Easton 5, Rieniets 3.5, Holtz 3, Johnson 3, Aitchison 2.5, Norton 2.5, Eckhardt 2, Pike 2, Turnis 2, Decker 1.5, Jamison 1.5, Paddock 1.5, Wilton 1, Kraus 1, Iben 1, Craig 1.
Sacks - Norton 2, Rieniets 1, Holtz 1, Pike 1.
Tackles-for-loss - Rieniets 2.5, Norton 2, Holtz 1, Pike 1, Decker 0.5.