In a rematch of a varsity football game that initially took place in Eastern Missouri Conference competition, last Friday North Callaway hosted Montgomery County to begin Class 2, District 5.
This time around the Wildcats had a different game, though, and it worked as the team held the ball for 31:23 compared to 16:37 for the Thunderbirds. North Callaway, in turn, had no choice but to score quickly when it got the ball, and while the pace might not have been what they anticipated it would be, it still left Montgomery County on the wrong side of a 60-7 decision.
The T-Birds did hesitate in this one and were up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring their guests 27-7 in the second to head into halftime leading 48-7. The Wildcats were also outscored 12-0 in the third and in the fourth both teams failed to score.
Riding high for North Callaway was Adam Reno with 11 carries for 130 yards and four touchdowns, Mason Wortmann had two rushes for 55 yards and a score and Bradley Berry added 51 rushing yards and a touchdown on two carries. Tully Thomsen also completed 5-of-10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Jordan Delashmutt had a 65-yard scoring reception and Austin Edwards had two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Montgomery County's biggest issue was turning the ball over 10 times. This included Aubrey Nelson going 21-for-34 for 164 yards with a touchdown and six interceptions, as well as 17 carries for 52 yards, Tim Hall had four catches for 27 yards and a score and Hyrum Bishop had seven receptions for 65 yards. Colin Parrish also chipped in with seven catches for 63 yards and Bailey Sontag had three receptions for nine yards and ran twice for seven yards.
All that time with the ball in the air translated to a defensive effort for the Thunderbirds led by Dawson Wright with five tackles and two interceptions, Chet Cunningham made two picks and six defensive stops and Tanner Pezold claimed a team-high 12 tackles. Reno and Delashmutt also had an interception each along with a combined eight tackles, Mason Wortmann charted two sacks and Edwards added 11 defensive stops.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, took its cues from Blake Eoff with nine tackles, which included three sacks, Bishop posted two sacks and Blake Yelton sacked the quarterback once. Sontag also had four tackles and making three defensive stops each were Bishop, Yelton and Bobby Zwilling.
Because of strategy, the Wildcats special teams efforts attempted several onside kick, which left Nelson with two kickoffs for 13 yards, Parrish returned four kickoffs for 70 yards and Hall ran back four kickoffs for 54 yards. Drew Murie and Marlando Parker also returned a kickoff each for a combined 13 yards and Nelson connected on 1-of-1 point after attempt.
On the flip side of all this North Callaway's Thomsen was still having back issues, so Reno made good on 4-of-5 PAT's while Delashmutt and Edwards each missed a PAT.
Montgomery County finished wioth a record of 4-6 overall.
North Callaway, 9-1 overall, has win nine in-a-row and hosts Hallsville, 6-4 overall, on Friday at 7 p.m.