Division 6 - Cats Jump Out Quick

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Montague 41 Leslie 20

Leslie kicked off the ball to Montague and the Wildcats started driving. Cody Kater ran it in from the 30 on their fourth play of the game, capping a 64 yard drive. Kater picked off a pass three plays later and returned it to the Leslie 12. AJ LaRue scored on the next play, putting Montague up 14-0 before three minutes had rolled off the clock. After another Leslie punt, Anthony Root caught a 46 yard touchdown pass on third and seven and the clock read 6:30 left in the first. The first semblance of offense for Leslie came on the next drive and on fourth down, Leslie faked a punt and Trent Page caught a pass, broke a tackle, and ran 50 yards for a score. They went for a two point conversion, but quarterback Travis Crow’s run was stopped. A poorly squibbed kick gave Montague the ball at their 44. The Blackhawks had them stopped, but they roughed the kicker and gave them a first down. Again they stopped them and forced a punt on fourth and 21. Leslie got the ball on their 25 and began to drive, but were faced with a third and nine on which they ran their quarterback Travis Crowe, but he only gained five of the nine needed yards. After their time out, the Blackhawks passed and were able to pick up five yards and the first down, keeping the drive alive. Devyn Twombley, their bruising big back got the ball inside the five yard line before they faced a fourth and goal from the four. Crowe’s pass was off the fingers of Kaden Stern and the ball was turned over on downs. It was very close to a safety, but Kater and the ball came across the goal. After a quarterback sneak, Kater passed to Anthony Root for a 98 yard touchdown, the longest play from scrimmage and longest touchdown pass in finals history. Crowe moved his team using his arm, picking up a few first downs and a nifty first down completion when it looked like he was going to get sacked. On the next play, he threw an interception. The very next play, AJ LaRue ran it 44 yards for a touchdown, making three great moves, each time getting the defenders to turn their hips the wrong way.

A bobbled kickoff pinned Leslie deep and they were forced to punt on their first possession of the second half. Ryan Masters bobbled that good snap and Montague recovered on the seven yard line. The next play was fumbled by Kater, giving the ball back to Leslie on their nine. Twombley moved the ball for the Blackhawks, but he doesn’t have that break-away speed. He is 205lbs and would be more of the bruising back, but he did pick up 62 of the 91 yards on the drive. Trent Page ran in the last 10 yards for the score. After a punt, Leslie was stuck with a third and ten when Crowe threw an interception to AJ LaRue. The Wildcats moved the ball even though they had multiple penalties and some very long yardage situations. Montague had the ball on the Leslie 21 to begin the fourth quarter. Dustin DeHoff ran it in from one yard out to finish the drive. Trent Page was able to move the ball for Leslie, catching a 53 yard touchdown pass and running for 17 on the 80 yard drive. Montague then put together a drive that burned four minutes off the clock but did not put up points before they turned over on downs.

Cody Kater completed four of his six passes for 175 yards and two scores while running nine times for 12 yards and another touchdown. Anthony Root finished with two receptions for 144 yards and a score and ran for 23 yards on five carries. AJ LaRue was the leading rusher for Montague with his 104 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts.

For Leslie, Travis Crowe completed ten of his 21 passes but was intercepted three times. He had 155 yards through the air and two scores. When he ran the ball, he gained 65 yards on 11 carries. Devyn Twombley was the leading rusher for the game. He had 120 yards on 12 carries. Trent Page only ran the ball 10 times, but gained 50 yards and scored once. He was much more effective when he caught the ball. Page had 103 yards and two touchdowns on two receptions.