Saturday, November 10, 2007

Mavericks gallop past Rebels

Mavericks gallop past Rebels

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

LINDSIDE — The hard-nosed defense and single-wing offense of the James Monroe Mavericks caught fire in the second quarter Friday night, sending the Mavericks spinning and slashing to a 48-6 win over the Tolsia Rebels as the first round of the Class AA playoffs got under way.

Ernie Tincher scored four touchdowns and Nick Kisiel gained 169 yards on the ground as the Mavericks improved to 10-1 on the season.

It was all Tolsia in the early going. The Rebels took their first possession 85 yards to paydirt. Quarterback Derrick Robertson completed two long passes, including a 40-yard scoring toss to Darin Parsley.

Mavericks senior lineman Chad Parker said, “We came out and they were hitting us pretty hard. ...We just need to step it up and start going from the beginning of the game, all the way out.

“They had that first score, and we had to remember back to last year — there were only two scores. They let us have six last year, we let them have six this year, and we won, so we’ll take it.”

Tolsia had beaten James Monroe 7-6 last November in the playoff semifinals.

James Monroe head coach David Witt said, “They just took the ball and rammed it down our throat. ...Then we got our running game rolling, and when you get it rolling, it puts a lot of pressure on their defense, because you get tired. And Tolsia had a lot of players on the line playing both ways.”

An interception by James Monroe’s Taylor Robertson early in the second quarter began the turnaround. Robertson’s seven-yard run tied the contest, but Logan Ray’s point-after kick hit the right upright and bounced away.

Tolsia was forced to punt on its next drive, and Kisiel ran 77 yards on first down to set up Tincher’s five-yard scoring run.

In the last minute of the half, Robertson got a crucial first down on a fourth-down play and then tossed a scoring pass to Tincher. Robertson then ran across the two point conversion for a 15-point lead.

Witt said, “When you go in 21-6 instead of 13-6, and you score right at the end of the half like that, that’s a big boost for you going in. It’s tough to recover from that, when you’re on the other end of it.”

In the third quarter the defense shut the Rebels down. Tincher scored again on a reverse and Robertson passed to Zach Mann in the back of the end zone for another six points. On the second play of the fourth quarter Tincher ran in an interception 17 yards to the goal line.

Tincher said that Tolsia’s only score was, “Mainly my fault. I blew my assignment. So it felt real good to make up for it, on that interception.”

Witt said, “If you create turnovers you’ve got things going your way, particularly if you get as good field position as we did off of them.”

Reserve running back Tanner Beasley notched the final touchdown with 2:38 left in the game.

Witt said, “We’ve got a lot of respect for Tolsia, and they have a lot of respect for us, I think. Tolsia is a class act, that’s all I can say.”

Tolsia coach Larry Waller was unavailable for comment immediately after the game.

The Mavericks will continue on to next weekend’s quarterfinal playoff round, facing No. 6 Magnolia. Game time for next weekend will be established on Sunday.

— Contact Tom Bone


Tolsia...............................6 0 0 0 — 6

James Monroe................0 21 14 13 — 48

First Quarter

Tol — Darin Parsley 40 pass from Derrick Robertson (Pass failed), 5:43

Second Quarter

J.M. — Taylor Robertson 7 run (Kick failed), 9:49

J.M. — Ernie Tincher 5 run (Logan Ray kick), 4:12

J.M. — Tincher 18 pass from T. Robertson (T. Robertson run), 0:29

Third Quarter

J.M. — Tincher 1 run (Ray kick), 4:01

J.M. — Zach Mann 15 pass from T. Robertson (Ray kick), 0:27

Fourth Quarter

J.M. — Tincher 17 interception return (Ray kick), 11:17

J.M. — Tanner Beasley 7 run (Kick wide), 2:38
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph
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Bluefield, West Virginia

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