High School Sports

Monroe reverses the tide in second game, wallops visiting Hopewell

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.

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

Worth mentioning:

▪ 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)