Friday, November 30, 2007

James Monroe: Season Review Leading To State

James Monroe hopes to avenge season’s only loss

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

James Monroe 47, Narrows 19

NARROWS, Va. — Even though James Monroe rolled up 461 yards in an easy win over the Green Wave, the Mavericks were just part of the show.

Former Narrows football player Jarrett Lane had the No. 24 retired that he wore for the Green Wave, and the Virginia Tech band played, all in honor of one of the 32 students and faculty killed in an April 16 campus massacre.

On the field, Nick Kisiel was the primary beneficiary of the James Monroe offensive line, running for 190 yards on just 12 carries and three touchdowns. Taylor Robertson added two touchdowns, and Ernie Tincher ran for 132 yards on eight attempts and a score of his own.

Kisiel scored on runs of 4, 61 and 60 yards, while Robertson went in from 3 and 24. Tincher’s lone score was a 90-yard run to paydirt.

James Monroe scored 33 points in the second quarter to take a 33-6 lead at the break.

James Monroe 35, Shady Spring 6

SHADY SPRING — The single wing offense literally ran from the Tigers, rolling up nearly 400 yards of total offense, including 378 yards on the ground.

Tincher ran for 149 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, while Robertson also had 13 attempts, finishing with 129 yards and three more scores. Kisiel added 58 yards for the Mavericks.

James Monroe led 21-6 at the break, and added two more scores in the second half. Robertson, who completed the Mavericks’ first pass of the season for 16 yards against the Tigers, scored on runs of 57, 5 and 6 yards. Tincher added touchdown runs of 2 and 19.

The Mavericks forced three Shady Spring turnovers during the final 24 minutes to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard. Josh White led James Monroe with an interception and fumble recovery.

James Monroe 35, Oak Hill 0

LINDSIDE — The Mavericks provided plenty of entertainment on the first home game of the season for James Monroe.

Robertson ran for 218 and three touchdowns, scoring on runs of 5, 4 and 19 yards. James Monroe ran for 432 yards, with Kisiel adding 160 yards on 18 carries and scores of 1 and 63 yards.

It was the third straight week that the Mavericks had two 100-yard rushers.

James Monroe scored seven points in each of the first three quarters and added 14 in the fourth for the final margin. Logan Ray kicked five extra points for the Mavericks.

Oak Hill could generate little on offense, with the Mavericks holding the Red Devils to 121 total yards. Robertson also had an interception to go with his 218 rushing yards. White also had a pick for James Monroe.

James Monroe 59, PikeView 6

GARDNER — The Mavericks wasted no time disposing of the Panthers, rolling to their 24th straight regular season win.

James Monroe rolled up plenty of yardage in the first half against PikeView, and cruised to the win.

James Monroe 55, Scott 30

LINDSIDE — Jordan Roberts was the headliner, but Robertson stole the show against one of the Class AA teams in West Virginia.

Robertson overshadowed Scott’s record-setting Roberts, running for 355 yards on 22 carries, including six touchdowns on runs of 3, 69, 45, 6, 72 and 35 yards.

James Monroe finished 478 offensive yards, all on the ground. Tincher added 85 yards on seven carries, and the game’s first touchdown from 61 yards.

The Mavericks led 34-18 at the break, and added 21 more in the second half, six of which scored when Lance Pritt recovered a fumble and returned 25 yards for a touchdown.

Roberts had 259 yards and three scores for the Skyhawks, but it wasn’t enough on this night. The teams combined for 850 yards on offense, with just seven coming through the air, all by Scott.

James Monroe 42, Wyoming East 25

LINDSIDE — Who says the Mavericks can pass the ball? They did just fine on this night.

Robertson surprised the Warriors, completing 4-of-9 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for another 70 yards. Tincher also had a versatile night, catching two passes for 116 yards and a touchdowns, and also dashing for 110 yards and two scores on the ground. Tincher also threw for 35 yards.

James Monroe trailed Wyoming East 7-0 and 14-7, but still led 21-13 at the break. Kisiel scored first half touchdowns on runs of 24 and 5 yards, while Tincher snagged a pass from Robertson and dashed 87 yards for the score.

Tincher scored on runs of 47 and 25 yards in the second half, while Ray caught a pass from Robertson and turned it into a 30-yard touchdown.

The Mavericks entered as the fourth ranked team, while Wyoming East was eighth in the WVSSAC ratings system.

James Monroe 40, Liberty-Raleigh 0

LINDSIDE — It was certainly a fun homecoming for the Mavericks.

Kisiel led James Monroe with 127 yards and three touchdowns of 1, 8 and 7 yards. Robertson added 78 yards and a 7-yard scoring run for the Mavericks.

Kisiel scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarter, while Robertson crossed the goal line in the first period.

Lee Triplett returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown, while John Daniel Pritt added a pick of his own for the Mavericks. Ballengee finished the scoring with a 25-yard fourth quarter run.

Liberty was held to 87 yards on offense, including just 58 on the ground.

James Monroe 53, Mount View 0

WELCH — The Mavericks tossed a shutout for the second straight week, and the third time this season.

Robertson led James Monroe with 145 yards on 16 carries, along with four first half touchdowns of 1, 35, 27 and 3 yards. Tincher dashed for 66 yards and a 25-yard to start the scoring, while Chris Frazier added 64 yards and 1 yard touchdown.

James Monroe led 20-0 after one quarter and 46-0 at the break. Zach Mann returned an interception for a 24-yard touchdown, with the lone second half score being a 18-yard third period dash to paydirt by Josh Evans.

The Mavs finished 383 rushing yards, while the Golden Knights were held to 167 offensive yards.

Bluefield 14, James Monroe 7

BLUEFIELD — Even though James Monroe ran nearly double the plays as Bluefield — 70 to 38 — it was the Beavers who stopped the Mavericks’ 28-game regular season win streak.

James Monroe took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by Robertson. The Mavericks didn’t score again, even though Robertson ran for 119 yards on 31 carries, while Kisiel lugged the pigskin 24 times for 123 yards.

The Mavericks out-gained the Beavers by just six yards —249-243 — despite having more opportunities with the ball.

James Monroe 28, Greenbrier East 20

LINDSIDE — A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns helped the Mavericks escape the upset bug against the Spartans.

Robertson, who finished with 191 yards and two scores, had 20-yard scoring dash in the fourth quarter, and Justin Romanello followed soon afterwards by intercepting a pass and returning it 30 yards for a score.

Robertson also scored on a 4-yard run early in the game, and Tincher added a 48-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Robertson.

Kisiel contributed 61 yards for the Mavericks, while Robertson was 3-of-10 throwing the ball, but still racked up 198 yards and the touchdown to Tincher, who had two catches for 92 yards.

White added an interception for the Mavericks, while Zach Mann recovered a fumble.

James Monroe 48, Tolsia 6

LINDSIDE — Revenge was sweet. Tolsia upset James Monroe in the semifinals last season, one week after doing the same to Bluefield in the quarterfinals.

After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, the Mavericks rolled up 21 points in the second period, and added 27 more in the second half.

Tincher led the Mavericks with four touchdowns, two on a 5 and 1 yard run. He also caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Robertson and returned an interception 17 yards for another touchdown.

Kisiel added 169 yards for James Monroe. Mann caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Robertson, while Tanner Beasley added a 7-yard touchown run.

James Monroe 13, Magnolia 7

LINDSIDE — With Robertson and Kisiel out with injuries, Tincher played the role of hero, scoring two second half touchdowns to enable the Mavericks to advance.

Tincher finished with 134 yards on nine carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that was set up by a blocked punt by Clarence Hunsacker. He also had a game-winning 64-yarder with 2:49 left in the game.

Robertson still finished with 81 yards, while Kisiel added 48. Tincher and Robertson each had interceptions, while Kisiel recovered a fumble. Clarence Hunsacker added a blocked punt for the Mavericks.

Magnolia led 7-0 at the break, scoring with 30 seconds left in the half. The Blue Eagles were driving in the final seconds, but Tincher picked off a pass to preserve the win.

James Monroe 21, Wayne 14

WAYNE — The Mavericks advanced to its first-ever state championship game by defeating the undefeated and defending Group AA titliest on their own field.

Tincher continued his late-season surge, running for 157 yards on 19 carries and a 17-yard first quarter score. The Mavs answered a Wayne score with Tincher turning a Robertson pass into a 43-yard touchdown and a 14-6 lead at the break.

Robertson added a 4-yard run in the third quarter, and the Mavs held the Pioneers to eight second half points. A Ballengee interception in the final seconds secured the win.

Robertson added 75 yards for James Monroe, while Tincher added a third quarter interception.

The Mavs held Jason Thompson, a 1,000-yard plus runner, to just 46 yards.


The Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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