Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Single-Wing James Monroe Mavericks Roll

Mavericks roll over Raiders

By RANDALL JETT of The Register-Herald

LINDSIDE — Liberty coach Jeff Alexander proved himself as a prophet when he stated earlier this week that his team would need to play mistake-free football to hang with James Monroe.

The Raiders didn’t, and Class AA No. 3 James Monroe rolled to a 40-0 homecoming victory Friday night.

“We made mistakes and they didn’t,” Alexander said. “Like I said, this is a team that you can’t make mistakes against. We had some opportunities and we turned the ball over, and penalties. That was our Achilles’ tendon, plain and simple. You just can’t make mistakes against a team like this. They’re too good.”

Despite the win, James Monroe coach David Witt wasn’t happy with the performance of his team’s offense.

“I guess you could say (it was a dominating performance) looking at the scoreboard,” Witt said. “We’re not exactly pleased with the way we played the first half, to be frank. Particularly, offensively. We made some mistakes on offense that we didn’t want to make. Those are things we have to correct, but overall, I guess you could say it was a pretty good ballgame for us.”

The Mavericks jumped on Liberty early, taking the opening kick-off and marching 51 yards on 11 plays.

Nick Kisiel, who rumbled for 127 yards and three scores, put the ball in the end zone from one yard away with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Daniel Pritt would pick off an Austin Wright pass on Liberty’s first possession to set up the Mavericks’ next score.

Taylor Robertson would cap the ensuing scoring drive with a seven-yard run with 30 seconds left in the first period for a 14-0 advantage.

Lee Triplett would follow that score with a 38-yard interception return on the Raiders next possession. Wright’s pass would bounce off the hands of a Liberty receiver and into the waiting arms of Triplett, who raced down the right sideline to paydirt.

Kisiel would add scoring runs of eight and seven yards before heading to the bench early in the fourth quarter.

“Kisiel is a pretty hard runner in there,” Witt said. “He’s got some power and at the same time, he’s kinda a little bit shaky. He doesn’t really make you miss him clean but he does a good job of bouncing off tackles. You’ve got to really come and tackle him or he’s going to get some extra yards.”

John Ballengee would cap the scoring for the Mavs with a 25-yard run with 11:06 remaining.

Liberty was held to just 58 yards rushing and 29 yards through the air by the Mavericks’ defense.

James Monroe is idle next week, while Liberty hosts Independence.

At H.E. Comer Jr. Sports Complex

First Quarter

JM–Nick Kisiel 1 run (Logan Ray kick) 6:38

JM–Taylor Robertson 7 run (Ray kick) 0:30

Second Quarter

JM–Lee Triplett 38 interception return (kick failed) 9:18

JM–Kisiel 8 run (Ray kick) 6:31

Third Quarter

JM–Kisiel 7 run (Ray kick) 2:52

Fourth Quarter

JM–John Ballengee 25 run (kick failed) 11:06



RUSHING — L: Nick Hylton 9-18, Jamie Newman 5-40, Dominick Cangemi 1-0, Austin Wright 3-0. JM: Robertson 16-78-1, Kisiel 23-127-3, Ernie Tincher 4-36, John Ballengee 5-38-1, Tanner Beasley 6-11, Josh White 1-2, Jackson Mohler 7-8.

PASSING — L: Wright 5-14-2-29-0. JM: Robertson 0-1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING — L: Adam Ellis 1-13, Michael Muovich 1-8, Justin Breton 1-2,

Newman 1-7, Hylton 1-(-1). JM: none.

TURNOVERS — L: none. JM: Daniel Pritt (int.), Triplett (int.).


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