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North Putnam moves to 7-0 with win

Saturday, September 29, 2007

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North Putnam senior J.T. Francies (right) goes up high to make a first-quarter catch.
BAINBRIDGE -- For the North Putnam Cougars, it was business as usual Friday night as they defeated the Monrovia Bulldogs 28-0 and moved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in the conference.

North Putnam broke out of the gate early and took the ball 66 yards in six plays for a touchdown. Big runs from Adam Vondasaar and Kyle Rooker set up a 21-yard touchdown toss from Griffen Dahlsrtom to Jarrett Ban with 8:56 on the clock to get the Cougar express rolling.

After forcing the Bulldogs to go three and out, the Cougars moved the ball down the field again, mounting a drive that took 11 plays for 52-yards, ending with Dahlstrom bulldozing his way into the end zone at the 36.8 mark in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs would gather some momentum in the second quarter and began to move the ball down the field on the Cougars but their drive stalled when Seth Vondersaar drove Monrovia's quarterback Eric Sampson into the turf.

On the Cougars next possession, Dahlstrom and Ban would hook up again for a 44-yard touchdown and give the Cougars a 21-point advantage going into the half.

The Cougars blended smash mouth running with touch passes and kept the Bulldog defense on its heels the entire night.

"We have pretty well rounded group," Cougar head coach Dave Pasch said. "I think we can play any style of football that we need to play. Offensively we want to dictate the tempo of the game.

"We're going to take what they give us and tonight early in the ballgame they were going to make us throw and we had two passing touchdowns," he commented.

As the second half began, Monrovia was hoping to get things moving in their favor, but Adam and Seth Vondersaar put that thought to rest quickly as they dropped Sampson again to force the Bulldogs to punt.

North Putnam continued to grind the ball through Monrovia's defense and on its next possession the Cougars racked up 57-yards on the ground, capped by a Kyle Rooker scamper into the end zone to make it 28-0 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter. And that's all the Cougars would need.

The Cougars racked up an impressive 209 yards on the ground and 90 yard through the air, but one thing often overlooked in the Cougars arsenal is their defense.

The North Putnam starting defense has allowed only one score the entire season and was a big factor in Friday's game, holding the Bulldogs to only seven passing yards on the night.

The Cougars will travel to Speedway next Friday night in a game that will ultimately decide who will be crowned conference champions.

One game…two scenarios and the outright WCC championship on the line. That's what October high school football is all about.

"We getting healed up and I feel good going into next week," Pasch said. "If they win they are the champion, if we were to win, we could still lose and tie for the championship.

"So next week will decide the conference champion in one way or another," he concluded.

The Cougars will take on Speedway at 7 p.m. Friday.

At North Putnam

Monrovia 0 0 0 0 -- 0

North Putnam 14 7 7 0 -- 28

First Quarter

North Putnam -- Ban 21 pass from Dahlstrom (8:56)

North Putnam -- Dahlstrom 1 run (36.8)

Second Quarter

North Putnam -- Ban 44 pass from Dahlstrom (2:50)

Third Quarter

North Putnam -- Rooker 7 run (6:15)

Team Stats

First Downs -- Monrovia 7, North Putnam 12.

Penalties -- Monrovia 5-55 yds, North Putnam 10-105 yds.

Individual stats

Rushing

Monrvoia (39-108) -- Byrum 7-40, Johnson 4-31, Stone 9-20, Hickey 7-8, Sampson 7-1, Martin 2-10, Hadley 1-4, Nugester 1-2, Speck 1-(-5).

North Putnam (36-209) -- Rooker 11-99, Dahlstrom 9-42, Francies 7-32, Vondersaar 5-29, Ban 1-7, Jones 2-1, Boruff 1 -- (-1).

Passing

Monrovia -- Sampson 1-4, 7 yds, 0TD, 1 INT.

North Putnam -- Dahlstrom 4-4, 86 yds, 2 TD; Jones 1-4, 4yds, 1 INT; Francies 0-1, 1 INT.

Receiving

Monrovia -- Martin 1-7.

North Putnam -- Ban 2-65 2 TD, Francies 1-16, Vondersaar 1-5, Alcorn 1-4.

Next game -- The Cougars will take on Speedway at 7 p.m. Friday.



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