The Monroeville Eagles shook off a sluggish first quarter and cruised to a 49-6 win over New London on Friday night in Firelands Conference action at Recreation Park.
The Wildcats had a pair of scoring chances in the first quarter, but their drives stalled inside the Eagles’ 20.
Monroeville coach Dan Periat gave New London credit.
“They were really ready,” he said. “Their defensive and offensive lines were really firing out. They were playing hard.”
The Eagles’ defense got on the board first when senior defensive lineman Kyle Boehler sacked Wildcat quarterback Clayton Hall, causing a fumble. Eagle senior Ben Bercheck scooped up that fumble and dashed 17 yards for a touchdown. Cory Smith kicked his first of seven extra points and the Eagles were up 7-0 midway through the second.
The Eagles added two more second-quarter TDs.
Justin Jones, who finished the night with 102 yards on five tries with two TDs, scored next on a 37-yard run.
Eagle senior QB Ryan Stower completed the first-half scoring with his 30-yard TD run.
Monroeville notched three third-quarter TDs.
Jones scored from 40 yards out.
Stower darted in from the 1 and senior defensive lineman Jeremy Krill intercepted a Wildcat pass and raced 51 yards to the end zone.
Eagle junior Cory Long capped the Monroeville scoring at the 9:49 mark of the fourth with an 89-yard run. Long finished with 124 yards on five attempts.
The Wildcats got on the board with 1:36 to go in the game when Marcus Bess broke through the line and found paydirt from 26 yards away.
“That’s three weeks now we’ve been able to drive inside the 20 and then bog down,” New London coach Kyle Marett said. “I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage in the first quarter and we defended. We hung in there with a bigger and stronger team. We fought hard, but just couldn’t cash in. If we score on those first two drives, it could have been different.”
Periat is pleased his Eagles are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the FC.
“I saw a lot of bright spots tonight,” he said. “In the first four weeks, we’ve looked real good at times and we still have things we need to work on.
“I hope next week we’re clicking on all cylinders,” Periat added, referring to Friday’s home contest with Ashland Crestview.
Bess led New London (0-4, 0-1) with 39 yards on four carries and a TD. Devin Anderson added 38 yards on 11 attempts, while Clay Wilson had 36 yards on nine tries.
New London quarterbacks Hall and Josh Dillard combined to go 12-of-19 for 86 yards with two interceptions.
The Wildcats are at Plymouth Friday.
Stower finished 4-of-8 for the Eagles for 55 yards.
“We came out kind of slow,” Jones said about Monroeville’s start. “In the second half we came out strong. We were executing and the defense was playing well. We need to come out strong next week and stay focused and just play Monroeville football.”
Score by quarter
M’ville 0 21 21 7 — 49
N. London 0 0 0 6 — 6
M: Bercheck, 17-yard fumble return (Smith kick)
M: Jones, 37-yard run (Smith kick)
M: Stower, 30-yard run (Smith kick)
M: Jones, 40-yard run (Smith kick)
M: Stower 1-yard run (Smith kick)
M: Krill, 51-yard INT return (Smith kick)
M: Long, 89-yard run (Smith kick)
NL: Bess, 26-yard run (kick failed)