PLYMOUTH — Behind a strong second quarter, the Monroeville Eagles pushed past the Plymouth Big Red 44-14 on Friday night in Firelands Conference action at Mary Fate Park.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the FC, while Plymouth fell to 2-5 and 2-2.
The Big Red actually took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards to take a 6-0 lead on a 7-yard run by Logan Lacy.
The Eagles responded with their own 45-yard TD drive that was capped by senior Justin Jones’ 1-yard TD run, knotting the score at 6-6 as the point after sailed wide.
Monroeville busted the game open with four second-period touchdowns.
Cory Long scored from the 7. Cory Smith added the PAT.
Jones then added a 9-yard TD run.
Long then scored on an 8-yard run and Long and QB Ryan Stower connected on a 2-point conversion pass.
Finally, Stower and Jones hooked up on a 12-yard TD pass with 1:26 to go in the first half, giving the visitors a 34-6 halftime edge.
The Eagles added 10 third-quarter points on a Jones 25-yard run and Cory Smith 37-yard field goal.
Plymouth closed the scoring with Lacy’s 1-yard run. Quarterback Craig Miller and Jerimiah Crager connected on the 2-point conversion pass.
Jones finished the night with 109 yards rushing on 15 carries with three rushing TDs and one receiving.
Stower was 8-of-12 passing for 107 yards with one touchdown.
Long had 62 yards rushing on nine tries with two TDs. Lacy rushed for 37 yards for the Big Red on 10 attempts with two scores. Tyler Hicks added 49 yards rushing on nine carries.
Monroeville coach Dan Periat was pleased with the win, but didn’t like the slow start.
“We need to come out ready to play,” he said. “This is a big point. We need to get right after it from the kickoff.
“Plymouth did some really good things,” the coach added. “They are very young, with not one senior in the starting lineup.”
Periat was happy everyone on the Eagle roster played.
“That’s always good,” he said. “To get the young guys in and get them some reps. That’s experience for the future.”
Plymouth coach Mark Genders was not thrilled with the Big Red’s play.
“We had a total breakdown in the fundamentals of football,” he said. “Blocking, tackling, all of the above.
“We’ve been making some strides and you hate to have a step-back, but that happens with growth,” he added. “But if we want to play with the big dogs, we have to come ready. Mentally, we just were not ready and I take responsibility for that.”
Plymouth goes to South Central on Friday for an FC game.
“We’ve got to get a lot better this week,” Genders said.
The Eagles travel to Mapleton (0-7, 0-4) on Friday.
Score by quarters
M’ville 6 28 10 0 — 44
Plymouth 6 0 0 8 — 14
PLY — Lacy 1 run (kick failed)
MON — Jones 1 run (kick failed)
MON — Long 7 run (Smith kick)
MON — Jones 9 run (run failed)
MON — Long 8 run (Long pass from Stower)
MON — Jones 12 pass from Stower (Smith kick)
MON — Jones 25 run (Smith kick)
MON — Smith 37 field goal
PLY — Lacy 1 run (Crager pass from Miller)