The heavy rain had stopped by the time Monroe High and Hopewell kicked off their weather-hastened non-conference football game here Thursday night.
But the Redhawks produced a wave of their own, rolling over the visiting Titans 58-0. Monroe, coming off a 55-0 loss to Vance last week, was on the other side of the lopsided score this time, racking up 22 points in each of the first two quarters to secure a running clock for the entire second half.
Quarterback Trey Shepherd completed 10 of 14 passes for 119 yards and four touchdowns. Senior running back/linebacker McKinley Nelson rushed 11 times for 72 yards and one touchdown, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and recovered a fumble to set up another score.
Running back Jahtwan Stafford ran for 68 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and returned a free kick 67 yards for another score.
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Observations: There were literally no fans in the stands 15 minutes before the originally scheduled kickoff time of 6 p.m. The game got underway at 6:25 and the crowd eventually numbered about 75 hardy spectators.
Records: Hopewell 0-3; Monroe High 2-1
▪ The Titans, who have yet to score this season, never had a chance to get untracked, spending most of the first quarter in the shadow of their own goalposts. They didn’t run a play of scrimmage in the first quarter that started beyond their own 25-yard line, and yielded Stafford’s long free kick runback after centering the ball through their own end zone.
▪ The only blemish on the Redhawks’ night was eight penalties for 90 yards.
What's Next: Hopewell hosts Olympic at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Monroe has a bye week next week.
H - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
M - 22 - 22 - 7 - 7 - 58
M - McKinley Nelson 2 run (Chris Andon kick)
M - Safety, ball fumbled out of end zone
M - Jahtwan Stafford 67 free kick return (Andon kick)
M - Rodney Smith 22 pass from Trey Shepherd (kick failed)
M - Ben White 9 pass from Shepherd (Nelson run)
M - Stafford 14 run (Andon kick)
M - White 21 pass from Shepherd (Andon kick)
M - Nelson 35 pass from Shepherd (Andon kick)
M - Omar Webb 1 run (Andon kick)