MHS 27, Dumas 19
The Monticello football team hosted Dumas for a scrimmage Monday and worked out some kinks in the final tune-up before the regular season.
The Billies turned in a solid second half after a slow start offensively, eventually earning a 27-19 win. The only score of the first half came on a 1-yard run by Caleb Bryant in the opening quarter.
MHS coach Van Paschal said both coaches agreed at halftime to keep their starters in for another quarter, and the Billies were able to stretch their lead to 20-0 on a 28-yard pass from Joe Carmical to Brishen Mathews and a 30-yard fumble return by Jordan Tilley.
Tilley's fumble recovery was one of five turnovers forced by the MHS defense, which limited the Bobcat first team to six points. A 10-yard run by Dumas quarterback Darion Griswold late in the third quarter trimmed the margin to 20-6.
The pace picked up a bit once the backups came on. A 50-yard run by Trey Winchester pulled the Bobcats within 20-12 early in the fourth, but the Billies went ahead 27-12 just three plays later on a 7-yard run by Tre Hawkins. The score was set up by a 52-yard jaunt by Greg Patterson on the previous snap.
Winchester threw a 7-yard TD pass that cut the margin to 27-19 with just over 5 minutes to play, but Monticello was able to burn the rest of the clock, eventually driving to the Dumas 24 behind sophomore QB Jordan Frazier.
The Billies will open the 2009 season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 31, when they face DeQueen at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Golden Lions Stadium. The game is the first of six scheduled for Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week.