MONROEVILLE — Senior quarterback Ryan Stower completed 19-of -24 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns to lead Monroeville to a 39-7 win over South Central in Firelands Conference action Friday night.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the FC, and remain one game behind Western Reserve in the league title chase, tied with St. Paul. Those two teams will meet Oct. 30 in Monroeville, with the winner garnering significant computer points and a likely berth in the state playoffs.
The hosts drew first blood in this one, as Stower found Skylar Old with a 24-yard touchdown strike, and Cory Smith added the PAT to make it 7-0.
The Trojans answered later in the quarter on a 12-yard run by Taylor Wilhelm. Pilar Cabello’s kick knotted it at 7-7, and that is where it stood at the break.
Stower tossed a 19-yard scoring pass to Ben Bercheck in the second stanza, and Smith added the PAT to put the Eagles on top 14-7 at the intermission.
“(Stower) definitely has good field awareness and our offense’s passing game has been consistent in the past few weeks,” Eagles coach Dan Periat said.
Monroeville took complete charge in the second half, scoring 25 unanswered points to win going away.
Stower made connections to Old on a 9-yard scoring pass, and Cory Long tallied on a 1-yard run in the third period to give Monroeville a 26-7 lead.
Long scored on another 1-yard burst in the final frame, and then Stower hit Ben Ringenberg with a 25-yard scoring aerial to seal this one at 39-7.
The Eagles had a big game offensively, rushing for 141 yards to go with Stower’s passing numbers. Monroeville rolled up 21 first downs.
Long rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries, and also caught six passes for 103 yards. Old grabbed seven passes for 93 yards.
South Central ran for 131 yards, and picked up another 32 through the air. Wilhelm sparked the offense with 75 yards rushing on 15 attempts.
“I was pleased with our performance in the first half,” Trojans coach Jeff Cook said. “Because we put ourselves in a position to be in the game at that time, but that second half...”
South Central (3-6, 2-4) finishes its season Friday night, hosting New London.
Score by quarter
S.C. 7 0 0 0 — 7
M’ville 7 7 12 13 — 39
M: Old, 24-yard pass from Stower (Smith kick)
SC: Cabello, 12-yard run (Cabello kick)
M: Bercheck, 19-yard pass from Stower (Smith kick)
M: Old, 9-yard pass from Stower (kick failed)
M: Long, 1-yard run (pass failed)
M: Long, 1-yard run (Smith kick)
M: Ringenberg, 25-yard pass from Stower (kick failed)