Photo by Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography
by Tim Kellis
A 4th quarter gutsy drive by the Monroe Hornets resulting with a 1 yard TD run by Devin King with 2:19 to play and the Hornets held on to send the Carlisle Indians home with their first loss, Monroe 21- Carlisle 17. Monroe drove the ball 91 yards on their game winning drive, thanks in part to two key fourth down plays. Monroe facing fourth and six at the Carlisle 45, and in punt formation, snapped the ball directly to Ben Leahy who picked up the first down and kept the Hornets hopes alive. Later in the drive, again Monroe faced fourth and long, and again a special play resulted in a Hornet first down. Ben Leahy threw a half-back pass to quarterback David Routson; Routson successfully converted the first down which subsequently led to King’s short plunge for the winning score. Both teams are now 5-1 overall, but Monroe is now in sole possession of first place in the SWBL at 2-0.
King finished the evening with 138 yards on 26 carries. Brad Hunt led Monroe in tackles with 8.5, followed by Ryan Leahy with 8, Ryan Hayes-6, and Zach Fugate 4.5. The Hornet defense also blocked a Carlisle punt.
Photo by BlueRiverImages.com
Jake Essig was crowned homecoming King and Maggie Cook homecoming Queen. Monroe stays at home and in league play next week when the Preble Shawnee Arrows travel to Monroe to face the Hornets. Hear from the head coach on this game and see game highlights this Wednesday at 6:30 at Buffalo wings and Rings in Monroe during the Hornets Sports Buzz talk Show.
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