Because the Montgomery County varsity football team played with such unbridled aggression last Friday in its final home game of the regular season against Wright City in Eastern Missouri Conference competition, it ended up getting called for 13 penalties for 95 yards.
Wright City, on the other hand, also leaped out the gates like a bull to a matador. But, despite drawing seven penalties for 63 yards, it was able to harness all of its focus and energy into a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. While Montgomery County found itself trailing 28-14 at the end of the second, as well, the third quarter was the turning point that began by taking a 34-28 lead prior to one final touchdown in the fourth to help lock down a 42-28 decision.
One reason the Wildcats outperformed Wright City, 4-4 overall, with 21 first downs and 60 total plays compared to 17 and 53 was the 9-for-17 performance with 168 passing yards and one touchdown Aubrey Nelson racked up along with 158 rushing yards and four scores on 27 carries. Hyrum Bishop also reached the endzone on 10 rushes for 34 yards, Tim Hall made three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown and making four receptions for 92 yards was Tim Hall.
By virtue of the nine tackles he made, Bishop also proved to give quite a defensive showing, a mark Hall trailed closely with eight tackles and posting six defensive stops was Collin Parish. Blake Eoff, Nelson, Devon Roark and Blake Yelton also banded together to make five tackles each and Bobby Zwilling and Aaron Milner added four defensive stops a piece.
On special teams Nelson was in the spotlight after making 4-of-5 extra points with six kickoffs for 201 yards and a 60-yard punt, Hall returned a kickoff for 33 yards and a punt for 19 yards and Parrish had a 58-yard kick return.
The Wildcats, 4-4 overall, are at North Callaway for another EMO game on Friday.