Tuesday, November 08, 2005 8:54:46 AM - Monroe Ohio
(As with last week since I thought the Middletown Journal did a great job of covering the game (They had Skip Weaver and the sports editor, Jake Trotter, there) I will run the Journal’s recap)Everything in bold was written by Skip:
Big plays in kick game advance Hornets to next round
MONROE — There were two plays by the Monroe special teams unit that went for scores.
But it was a fumble recovery by senior Michael Majors that made the difference in a 41-16 Division IV playoff win over seventh-seeded Madeira.
The second-seeded Hornets (10-1) held a 13-10 lead as the second half began, and after their first possession of the half, were forced to punt.
Madeira’s return man fumbled Tad Kilburn’s kick and, as he tried to pick it up again, he was hit by Adam Osterman near the 10-yard line. The ball squibbed backward into the end zone where Majors fell on it to put Monroe up 19-10.
“I just saw the ball pop out of his hands and I knocked a guy out of the way trying to get to the ball,” Majors said. “I was about 10 yards away from the ball when Adam made the hit to knock the ball loose again. I just ran and fell on the ball.”
With left in the game, Majors was the beneficiary of another fumble, which fell right at his feet. He picked the ball up and scooted 28 yards for the touchdown.
That score essentially iced the victory, giving Monroe a 34-10 edge with fewer than seven minutes to go.
“I looked down and saw the ball,” Majors said. “I just picked it up and ran with it.”
Majors wasn’t the only Hornet with a pair of scores. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Osterman had touchdown runs of 20 and 1 yards in the fourth quarter.
“It feels real nice to be able to go on and play another week,” said second-year Monroe coach Jason Krause. “These guys are fun to be around and another week of that does my heart good.”
Don’t be fooled by the large margin of victory, however.
While certainly pleased with the win, Krause had some concerns that will be addressed this week in practice.
“There are some things we need to work on,” Krause said. “We had some missed assignments up front on both sides of the ball, but Madeira was also just a good football team. Their defense gave us fits. They have a very athletic secondary, and they covered us well. We also didn’t expect to see them pass that well.”
The Mustangs (6-5) completed 9-of-20 passes for 111 yards. Coming into the game, they were averaging just over 80 yards in the air.
Comparatively, Monroe’s two quarterbacks — Osterman and Kilburn — combined for 15-of-25 passing for 142 yards. The Hornets also ran the ball 35 times for 144 yards.
“Special teams was the difference for us,” Krause said. “I think the Majors’ fumble recovery in the end zone changed the tide of the game.”
And Krause had plenty of praise for his senior strong safety.
“Mike plays like that every week,” Krause said. “He’s been our best defensive player. He makes plays all over the field.”
With the win, the Hornets are tied for the second-most wins in school history. A win next week against PlainCity Jonathan Alder, a 49-14 winner over Blanchester Saturday, would tie them for the most with the 1994 team, the last Monroe team to make the playoffs.
Division 4 Region 16 Recaps
# 1 seed Germantown Valley View throttled Cincinnati Mariemont 51-7 in the opening round of the playoffs.Valley View will face # 4 seed Clarksville Clinton – Massie since Clinton – Massie beat CincinnatiWyoming 27-20 to stay alive in the postseason.# 3 seed Plain City Jonathan Alder, not wanting to be outdone by Monroe and Valley View, destroyed # 6 seed Blanchester 49-14.The top three seeds in this region have identical records with Monroe, Valley View, and Jonathan Alder all boasting 10-1 records.Clinton – Massie, the oddball left in the region, has a 9-2 record.
The Remaining MML Schools in the Playoffs
Division 2 Region 8 Recaps
# 1 seed Springboro needed overtime to finally defeat the pesky # 8 seed Winton Woods’s squad 38-35.# 2 seed Cincinnati Mount Healthy was looking to cruise into the regional semifinals by taking care of # 7 seed West Carrollton.As has been the case since their Homecoming Game (Just ask Monroe and Edgewood) West Carrollton didn’t get the memo to play dead and they came up with a huge upset over the previously undefeated Fighting Owls winning 14-10. # 3 seed Kings falls victim to the upset bug by being dominated by # 6 seed Dayton Carroll 28-7.
Springboro (11-0) advances to play # 4 seed Washington Court House Miami Trace (9-2) in the regional semis.Miami Trace won in overtime over Wilmington 29-22 to advance.West Carrollton (7-4) and Dayton Carroll (9-2) are both members of the MML but they did not face each other in the regular season since Carroll is in the North Division and West Carrollton resides in the South Division of the MML.
The Remaining MML Schools in the Playoffs
Division 2 Region 8 Predictions (All Games start at )
Springboro vs. Miami Trace at CincinnatiPrincetonHigh School – Springboro needs a second consecutive overtime game to defeat Miami Trace 31-28.
Dayton Carroll vs. West Carrollton at University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium – Dayton Carroll finally ends West Carrollton’s season by winning 21-14.
Monroe vs. Jonathan Alder Prediction
First before I go into my prediction of the game I will show you what kind of football program Jonathan Alder has.In 2004 the football team was the number one regional seed and went 11-2 and advanced to the region finals where they lost to Versailles 35-28.In 2003 they were the number five seed with a record of 8-3 but they lost in the opening round of the playoffs to Mariemont 28-14.The 2002 team was the number four seed and went 10-2 before losing to Archbishop Alter 35-7 in the regional semis.The 2001 squad went 7-3 and made the playoffs as the number eight seed.The 2000 squad was the last Jonathan Alder team to not make the playoffs since they finished with a 5-5 record.So Alder will not be intimidated by Monroe and they will feel like they are the favorites to win, rightfully so, based on their recent history.But then again, the Hornets show that history means nothing since they are 10-1 and only a year removed from a 2-8 record.The last time Monroe even made the playoffs before this year was in 1994, coincidentally, the last year they won the MML.
Now on to the actual prediction of the game -- Jonathan Alder has an impressive resume with quality wins over playoff teams such as Bishop Hartley, whom Jonathan Alder beat in a barn burner 63-32.Bishop Hartley is still in the playoffs with a 9-2 record in the Division 4 Region 15 bracket.Jonathan Alder also beat Bishop Ready 45-14.Bishop Ready is a division five region 19 school that is still in the playoffs with a 9-2 record.The last two games, Jonathan Alder has beaten squads that made it to the playoffs in Monroe’s region. One is Clinton – Massie, whom they beat in the last game of the regular season 12-7.They also just defeated Blanchester 49-14 to advance to play Monroe.Jonathan Alder’s only loss of the year came at the hands of Miami Trace, whom they lost to in overtime at Miami Trace 18-15.Miami Trace is a Division 2 Region 8 school that is still in the playoffs with a 9-2 record.
Monroe has played two playoff teams splitting the two games.Monroe lost to West Carrollton 28-10 earlier in the season, but they beat Cincinnati Madeira last week 41-16 for their first win over a playoff team this year.While Jonathan Alder has been a favorite in most of their games this year Monroe has played the underdog role and excelled considering they have not lost a game as the underdog.(Before the West Carrollton – Monroe game Monroe was the favorite to win.)
The MVP of the Jonathan Alder – Blanchester game would have to be Alder running back Brad Miller who had four rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception for five total touchdowns for the game. Miller has rushed for 23 touchdowns so far this season.Miller also returns kicks and punts for Alder.Alder has another great running back in Toll who has five rushing touchdowns.Schlosser, who is Alder’s starting quarterback, has passed for 12 touchdowns and added six rushing touchdowns.
Despite Alder having a more prolific offense, I still believe Monroe will find a way to win.Monroe will recognize that Miller, Schlosser, and Toll are their opponents most explosive playmakers.Alder will see that senior quarterback Tad Kilburn, senior wide receiver Pat Harrington, junior wide receiver Josh Herron, sophomore quarterback Tyler Osterman, and running back Jared Ferguson are Monroe’s playmakers.What they won’t see is that sophomore Braden McMonigle is a terrific third wide out and senior tight end Shae Michael is dangerous if he is isolated.Plus Monroe’s defense has been fantastic all year long with the lone exception being the West Carrollton game.The defense finds ways to stop opposing offenses and that won’t change this week as the Hornets defense will disrupt the Pioneers offense.
Monroe comes from behind in the final seconds of the game to send it into overtime where they pull out the victory 38-35 to advance to the regional finals.
P.S. There’s still more football this year at Monroe’s stadium. Monroe hosts a Division V regional game, with top seed CincinnatiChristianHillsAcademy (11-0) facing 5 seed Arcanum.