Battle of the unbeatens

The third week of high school football brought a big showdown to my newspaper schedule. 

Class 2A’s #5 Triton Central trekked to Gordon Hadley Field to take on the Class 3A #10 Monrovia Bulldogs in a battle of the unbeaten. TC had yet to have an opponent score on them, while the Bulldogs have the state’s top rusher in senior Clay Whitney in their stable.

On paper, it was going to be a close, hard-fought battle. But not all games happen like the statistics and pre-game analysis says they should. 

In this case, the Tigers defense shut down Whitney and the Bulldog offense from the start. By the end of the first half, the Tigers had commanded a 35-0 lead and I thought it was going to be a massacre.

But the Bulldogs have coach Kevin Hutchins leading them. A ten-year veteran at Monrovia, Hutchins led the Bulldogs to a state championship back in 2015, knows his stuff and is one helluva nice guy, to boot. 

Monrovia did snap the Tiger’s shutout streak when Whitney busted into the end zone on a 28-yard run to put Monrovia on the board late in the fourth quarter. But it was too little, too late as the Tigers ran away with a 49-7 victory last night. 

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Look for my coverage of the game in today’s copy of the Reporter-Times and Mooresville-Decatur Times.

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