2015-10-04 / Sports

Montrose takes Long path to victory, hammers Standish, 35-0

MONTROSE – It is going to take a long, sustained effort by Montrose’s varsity football if the Rams are going to qualify for the state playoffs this year.

Dennis Reinhart’s troops took an important first step on that journey last Friday, thanks in large part to Jared Long, as they dismantled visiting Standish-Sterling, 35-0.

“As far as we are concerned this was Round One of the play-offs for us tonight because we have to win every remaining game,” said Coach Reinhart, whose team evened its record at 3-3 on the season. “Every week is huge for us and tonight was encouraging because we played closer to our full capability in this contest.”

The Rams dominated the Panthers throughout, out-gaining their guests, 467 to 179 offensively. Long contributed mightily to the lopsided numbers.

The senior running back ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns in just eight carries and caught all three of QB Jake Schneider’s completed passes for an additional 38 yards. His three first-half scores came on runs of 62, 22 and 76 yards.

“Bubba (Reinhart) has a separated shoulder and did not carry the ball in this game, so it was big when Jared was able to come in and perform like he did tonight,” assessed Coach Reinhart. “We juggled a couple of other things up in our line-up and we got some good life as a result.”

Long scored within the first minute of the game on his 62-yard burst and followed with a second TD, this time from 22 yards out, midway through the opening stanza. Schneider scored the third touchdown for the Rams on a 20-yard sprint with 7:27 left in the second, and Long capped the first half with his 76-yard dash to pay dirt with 1:28 to go before the break.

Collin Vandergronden scored on a 2-yard run with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter and Tyler Burch kicked his fifth straight extra point to stake the Rams to a 35-0 cushion and a running clock for the rest of the contest.

Schneider also had a big night on offense, gaining 163 on 14 carries and completing 3 of 5 passes, all to Long, for 38 additional yards.

Montrose’s dominant defense was led by Bubba Reinhart, who had 14 tackles and an interception. Neil Kalakay had eight stops while John DeMura and Connor Robinson came up with five tackles each.

Cornelius Hall had an interception while Tommy Brower and Vandergronden each recovered fumbles.

“Round Two of the play-offs is next week against Mt. Morris,” explained Reinhart. “It will be Homecoming and we will simply need to focus on ourselves and play to our potential because every week is huge for us.”

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