MONROVIA - The great Paul Brown once said, â€ś Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.â€ť
On this evening the South Putnam Eagles were invading the home field of the Monrovia Bulldogs and trying to pick up their second win this season against the Bulldogs, hoping to extend their season one more week. But tonight that would not be the case as it would be their last game of the season, as the Bulldogâ€™s edged out the Eagles 7-0.
The first half was a hard fought defensive battle, Monrovia could move the ball with some ability but when they would get into South Putnam territory the Eagle defense would tighten down and make a good defensive stop. The Bulldogs would go for it on fourth down on two occasions early resulting in a missed field goal by the Bulldogs and a turnover on downs.
On the offensive side of the ball however the Eagles could not penetrate the defense of the Bulldogs as they held the Eagles to only one first down in the first half.
â€śMonrovia prepared very well for us tonight, two weeks ago we moved the ball pretty much at will but tonight they shut us downâ€ť said Eagleâ€™s Coach Troy Burgess.
The Eagles were held to only 12 yards the first half.
The second half was much the same. Southâ€™s defense was able to tighten down and hold the Bulldogs to only 62 yards in the second half while putting up better numbers on offense. But the mistakes would play a roll with less then one minute to go in the third quarter. The Eagles would fumble on second down and Monrovia would recover on the South Putnam 38 yard line. Over the next three minutes the Bulldogs would march the ball down and score the only points in the game on a three-yard run by Dylan Stone. The extra point was good.
South Putnamâ€™s Michael Sebanc would catch two big passes from QB Hunter Edwards for 22 yards, along with some good runs from Brad Bunten and Derek Tomaw. Just as it looked that South Putnam would answer the touchdown by the Bulldogs the drive and the season would be cut short by an interception by Monroviaâ€™s Brent McCleerey to seal the deal and ensure that the Bulldogs would play next week..
â€ś They (Monrovia) played well tonight, they came in with a good game plan against us, but I was proud of our guys, the seniors provided great leadership not just tonight but all season. It was a very emotional game.â€ť Coach Burgess said.
Monrovia 0 0 0 7 â€" 7
South Putnam 0 0 0 0 â€" 0
First Downs - SP 5, Mon 12
Rushing yards - SP 43, Mon 186
Passing yards - SP 50, Mon 21
Compâ€"Attâ€"Int - SP 6-10-1, Mon 2-10-0
Fumbles Lost - SP 1, Mon 0
Penalties-Yards - SP 5-45, Mon 5-40