Montevallo throttles visiting Ashville in Homecoming win
By JORDON SEMIEN/For the Reporter
MONTEVALLO — Homecoming week brought a big-fight feel to Friday night’s “Clash of the Dawgs” as Montevallo High played host to the Bulldogs of Ashville. With the homecoming court and droves of fans looking on, Montevallo played a near perfect game, routing Ashville 42-14.
Coming off a 20-7 loss to Sipsey Valley, Montevallo head coach Andrew Zow’s varsity Dawgs looked to gain some confidence in front of the home crowd. Montevallo got the ball to begin play and marched their way down field behind the arm of Quarterback Zac Oden. Oden found wide out Keondre Bailey for a 36 yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead.
The Dawgs’ defense kept the momentum rolling with a quick three and out for Ashville. Montevallo’s second drive of the night came to an end after three plays, setting Ashville up at its own 18. The Bulldogs got as far as the Montevallo 48 before their junior signal caller Judd Mundy threw an interception at the Montevallo 13 yard line.
Montevallo drained the rest of the first quarter clock, before Asheville answered the bell in the second, scoring on a 10-yard carry from junior Andy Morgan; the Bulldogs failed two-point try left the score at 7-6 in favor of Montevallo. The Dawgs bullied their way down field to a 25-yard touchdown run by senior Michael Arnold. Both teams swapped three-and-outs and turnovers to close out the first act with Montevallo leading 14-6 at half.
The second half opened with Diego Martinez’s onside kick catching Ashville off guard and the recovery gave Montevallo excellent field position, which they capitalized on quickly with a 15-yard pass from Oden to Bailey for a 21-6 lead.
After an Ashville three and out, Montevallo found pay dirt again on a 4-yard carry from Young to go up 21-6. Asheville helped the Dawgs cause by fumbling on first down of their next drive, leaving Montevallo’s Cortez Williams with a 31 yard “scoop and score.”
The Dawgs closed out their scoring for the night on a scorching 31 yard run by Undreaz Lilly to take a 42-6 lead, before Ashville found some bite to its offense in the form of a 2-yard scoring run by Mundy. Ashville got the ball back with under a minute to play and looked to score on deep bomb. But Montevallo’s Bailey came up with the game sealing interception, leaving the final score at 42-14 in favor of Montevallo.
After the game, Zow said his team set the goal on the night to “come in and try to have a shut out if we can.”
“We need to set goals and it’s been my fault that I haven’t set them high enough,” he said. “But we need to set goals as high as we can. Our goal was to come in and play lights out defense and play fast. We did that for the most part.”
The Dawgs will play host again, this time to region rival West Blockton, Oct. 3. Kick is set for 7:00 p.m.