On Thursday night, two storms swept through the Monacan Stadium: one was rain, the other was L. C. Bird football. In a matchup that was built up to be the game of the season, the Skyhawks showed why they are the #1 team in the region and the favorite for another state championship. Defensively, Bird held a Top 10 team to only 6 points but managed to drop 36 on a stellar Chief defense. Monacan on the other hand, had a little bit more trouble with the weather and lost three fumbles in the process.
JB Wright was an offensive machine for the Skyhawks, rushing for 164 yards and one touchdown. Even with this domination, Wright still believes he has room to work, as he quotes, “Yes, a lot of things went right, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do, there is always more work to be done.” It seemed that the weather and the dreadful conditions of the field could not stop him either, although he had to tweak his game a small bit. “I couldn’t use my usual elusive quick footwork, so I had to focus on just straight-forward running as the ground was too soft.”
Bird quarterback Jalen Elliot had a little bit more difficulty with the rain, as he only completed 4 of 13 pass attempts (2 of which were touchdowns). Elliot also threw 3 interceptions, a rare occasion for the state champion. The QB added on 39 rushing yards to his 56 passing for almost 100 total yards. Kier Townsend and Kumonde Hines each caught a TD pass from Elliot.
Monacan’s offense was almost nonexistent tonight, as Syour Fludd sat out another game with an ankle injury. The Chiefs were held to only 56 total yards, 41 of which came from Khalik Hamlin. Patrick Routsis made another start at QB and completed 6 passes for just 15 yards. Monacan’s only score of the game came from a lost Bird fumble that was returned by TJ Jones for a Chief touchdown. Overall, Monacan had 6 turnovers, while Bird had 5.
The Skyhawks stay undefeated moving to 6-0 as they continue their quest for a four-peat state championship, while Monacan drops to 5-1. Bird has a bye week next week while Monacan travels to James River on Friday.