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Football: STORY: Monticello 46, Poquoson 7
Islanders fall at Monticello
CHARLOTTESVILLE — As the clock wound down in a lopsided Poquoson loss in the Division 3 state semifinals, quarterback Eric Nixon carried three Monticello defenders on his back for two yards before eventually falling.
It was indicative of the way the Islanders played all season — hard until the end, no matter the score.
But in Saturday’s 46-7 loss at Monticello (12-1), the Islanders (8-5) never got their offense going, and they couldn’t stop the Mustangs’ balanced attack.
"They played a good game," Poquoson coach Elliott Duty said of the Mustangs, "and they’re a really good team. We never quit; that’s how it’s been all year. Monticello just came out rolling."
Running back Takeem Hedgeman carried the ball 26 times for 188 yards and scored three touchdowns for Monticello, and receiver Daniel Lieb racked up 169 yards and added another touchdown in the win.
Now the Mustangs advance to the state title game in Lynchburg on Dec. 8, their first appearance since 2003.
"It feels great to go to the championship," Hedgeman said. "I wasn’t surprised at the score because when we play to the best of our ability, only a few teams in the state can hang with us."
The Mustangs got started right away with Hedgeman’s 35-yard touchdown run up the middle on the fifth play from scrimmage. That gave Monticello a 7-0 lead with 10 minutes, 22 seconds left in the first quarter.
After holding Poquoson to three-and-out, the Mustangs picked up where they left off. Even when an intentional-grounding call gave Monticello third-and-32, Michael Graham completed a 44-yard pass to Lieb to put the Mustangs on the Poquoson 2-yard line. Anthony Matos ran in for a touchdown on the next play, extending the Monticello lead to 13-0.
Poquoson struck back when Nixon drilled a 20-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bollinger, cutting the lead to 13-7 with 4:15 left in the first quarter. But top Poquoson lineman Trent Boullianne went down with an injured hamstring at the beginning of the second quarter and didn’t return.
The Mustangs reeled off 20 points in the second quarter, including another touchdown from Hedgeman, who appeared to get sick on the sidelines in the first half as his team played defense.
Monticello led 33-7 at halftime.
"It must’ve been what I ate for breakfast," Hedgeman said of his sickness. "It wasn’t gonna keep me out of the game, though."
The Mustangs shut down Poquoson’s offense, especially its running game, which accounted for just 29 yards. Monticello used a balanced attack — 183 passing yards and 142 rushing yards — to rack up 324 yards of offense in the first half.
"Our defense stepped up big today and held a physical team in check," Hedgeman said.
Monticello coach Brud Bicknell added: "Every time we’ve challenged them, they answered the call, and that’s what they did today."
The Mustangs scored two more touchdowns and maintained their defensive intensity to keep the game out of reach.
"They were very athletic and did a great job of pressuring Nixon," Duty said. "When he had time, Monticello did a great job of covering Bollinger and (Kendall) Charles. But our guys had a great run. I couldn’t be more proud of them."
MONTICELLO 46, POQUOSON 7
Poquoson 7- 0- 0- 0—- 7
Monticello 13- 20- 6- 7—46
M — Hedgeman 35 run (Guskind kick)
M — Matos 2 run (kick failed)
P — Bollinger 20 pass from Nixon (Nixon kick)
M — Matos 4 run (kick blocked)
M — Graham 2 run (Hedgeman run)
M — Hedgeman 1 run (pass failed)
M — Lieb 37 pass from Graham (kick failed)
M — Hedgeman 34 run (Guskind kick)
First downs 9 19
Rushes-yards 30-78 37-220
Passing yards 103 219
Comp-Att-Int 8-19-1 14-19-0
Penalties-yards 6-50 7-65
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Punts-avg. 5-35 2-38
Last edited by dsquires : 12-01-2007 at 10:19 PM.
Re: Football: STORY: Monticello 46, Poquoson 7
Monticello, my hat goes off to you. Congrats on a great win. Big, Stong and FAst football team and very well coached. Good luck next week in the state finals.
PHS football, congrats on a great year yourself. No one outside of the city gave you much of a chance any week but you proved them wrong. Gutsy play today and way to stick in there until the bitter end. Keep your heads high, as you have nothing at all to be ashamed of. Seniors we will miss you and underclassmen get in the weight room and get ready for next yr.
Coaches, what a wonderful job you guys do each and everyday with these young gentlemen. Keep up the good work.