2017-09-10 / Sports

Montrose finds scoring touch, hammer LakeVille, 56-0

OTISVILLE – Devante Bedford scored the first three touchdowns of the contest last Friday night as Montrose’s varsity football team found its scoring touch and coasted to a feel-good 56-0 win over host LakeVille.

“This is just what the doctor ordered because it breathes a lot of life and energy back into our team,” commented veteran Rams coach Dennis Reinhart, whose squad had a tough time putting points on the scoreboard during the first two games of the season. “I know we still have a ways to go, but it was great to see that our kids remembered where the end zone was tonight. Especially after a frustrating 21-0 loss against Lake Fenton last week in which we felt we could have done much better.”

The Rams dominated from start to finish against the Falcons as they amassed 356 yards on the ground and passed for 74 more while holding LV to just 96 yards of total offense.

Bedford scored on runs of 20, 47 and 12 yards and Josh Shaski kicked all three extra points as Montrose led, 21-0, just 19 seconds into the second quarter. Freshman QB Bobby Skinner followed with a pair of TD tosses, one to Kyle Kittle worth 18 yards and one to Adam Stiverson covering 27 yards. Delazea Bedford, a sophomore, then finished the flurry of Montrose first-half scores when he sacked the LV runner, scooped up the pigskin and ran it back for a 10-yard six-pointer with 51 seconds remaining in the half. Shaski then kicked his sixth straight PAT and the Rams entered intermission with a 42-0 cushion.

Montrose tacked on two more TD’s in the second half, which was played under the running clock rule.

Devante Bedford was the leading rusher with 118 yards on 9 carries and Skinner ran for 110 yards on 10 tries. Stiverson caught two Skinner passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Tyler Blackburn anchored the stingy Rams defense with 10 tackles. Reese Wallis and Delazea Bedford recorded nine and six stops, respectively. Bedford, Wallis and Blackburn each also had a fumble recovery.

“We knew we were better than what we showed after the first two weeks and I am pleased with our team’s performance tonight,” added Coach Reinhart. “Now we will move on and continue to work to keep getting better.”

Montrose is now 2-1 overall as it heads into this Friday’s Parents’ Night game at home against Durand.

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