Montrose runs to first win of season

BY TOM ARENS
Times-Shamrock Correspondent

Montrose earned its first victory of the season in a 41-14 win over Holy Cross in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division III game on Friday night.

William Hewes had 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Trevor Tompkins chipped in and added 124 yards on the ground and three touchdowns as the Meteors combined for 425 total yards.

“Our guys played very well,” Montrose head coach Russ Canevari said. “It was great to put a team performance together and I’m very happy for them.”
Both teams, in search of their first win, battled in the first half.

Montrose (1-7 overall, 1-3 in the division) took the early lead on a 15-yard run by Tompkins, but Holy Cross answered on a 2-yard run by Rob Torre in the first quarter.

Hewes scored his first touchdown early in the second quarter and the Meteors padded the lead on a 77-yard pass from Patrick Parks to Troy Ely that made it 20-6.

“Everyone played well, and our running game really took off in the second quarter,” Canevari said. “We were able to take advantage of some things on their defense and we were able to finally perform the way that we thought we could all year. The kids executed well and played really well as a team.”

However, Tom Ware scored on a 26-yard run and Torre ran for the 2-point conversion for Holy Cross (0-8, 0-3) with 29 seconds left in the half to cut into the lead.

Leading 20-14 in the third, Montrose senior Brett Shelp recovered a fumble on the Crusaders’ 34-yard line. Tompkins scored on a 5-yard run to extend the lead to 28-14 with 4:48 remaining in the quarter.

Montrose ran only four offensive plays in the fourth, but Tompkins and Hewes made them count.

On the second offensive play of the quarter, Tompkins bolted through the middle of the defense and went untouched, racing 68 yards for his third touchdown to make it 35-14 with 5:10 left in the game.

After a Holy Cross drive stalled on the Montrose 20-yard line, Hewes scored two plays later on a 72-yard touchdown to seal the win.

“We were able to stop their running game quite effectively with not too many guys up front,” Canevari said. “Our defense was able to put pressure on them.”

Montrose will look to build off the momentum of its first win as they travel to play Lackawanna Trail Friday.

“I’m hopeful that we can build off of this game as a whole and we can continue to run the ball now that we’re capable of seeing what we can do as a group and work from there,” Canevari said. “We’ll implement some new things and work off of the things that we’ve found successful.”

Sports editor John Lund also contributed information to the story.

Holy Cross 6 8 0 0 – 14
Montrose 7 13 8 13 – 41

First quarter
MON – Tompkins 15 run (Ely kick), 6:36.
HC – Torre 2 run (kick blocked), 3:20.

Second quarter
MON – Hewes 7 run (kick blocked), 11:18.
MON – Ely 77 pass from Parks (Ely kick), 5:21.
HC – Ware 26 run (Torre run), 4:48.

Third quarter
MON – Tompkins 5 run (Tompkins run), 4:48.

Fourth quarter
MON – Tompkins 68 run (Ely kick), 5:10.
MON – Hewes 72 run (kick failed), 1:09.

HC MON
First downs 17 13
Rushing yards 158 334
Comp-Att-Int 16-29-0 2-4-0
Passing 162 91
Total Yards 320 425
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-20 10-68

Individual statistics
Rushing: MON – B. Hewes 23-212, 2 TDs; 14-124, 3 TDs; 3-(-2). HC – T. Ware 11-92, 1 TD; R. Torre 13-42, 1 TD; J. Heyen 3-15; E. Gatto 5-9.
Passing: MON – P. Parks 2-4-0, 91, 1 TD. HC – E. Gatto 16-29-0, 162.
Receiving: MON – T. Ely 1-77, 1 TD; 1-14. HC – R.J. Klein 6-80; B. Bailey 2-26.