LAFAYETTE — Collectively, the Monarch football team missed the mark Saturday morning. All too often, they missed Denver South’s Marcus Lindsay, as well.
An early morning start that brought the No. 2 Rebels to Spangenberg Field in Lafayette started well for the Coyotes, but mistakes in all three facets of the game added up in what ended up to be a 41-23 South victory that dropped MoHi to 1-2 on the season.
Among the miscues were missed tackles on Lindsay, one of the state’s premier running backs, and despite just 20 carries for the game the Rebels’ star senior had 243 yards and three touchdowns to help the Rebels to 3-0.
Monarch head coach Phil Bravo was up in arms at times with his defense, but on offense and special teams the Coyotes fell just as short.
“It just seemed like we couldn’t get in a groove the entire game, and it just took us out of the tempo we want to play in,” said Bravo, whose team lost a close game to Rampart last week in the final seconds of the game. “On offense, we were second- and third-and-long an awful lot. On defense, we were third-and-long a lot but gave up those conversions.
“Lindsay’s a tough, tough kid. He is who he is because of the way he runs.”
To open the game, it was South that was reeling a bit as Monarch quarterback Stone MacIntyre connected with tight end Easton Hall for a 72-yard touchdown just 4 minutes, 24 seconds into the game followed by a CJ Schmanski interception return for a score the very next play from scrimmage to make it 14-0 Coyotes.
Lindsay’s next touch of the football resulted in a third scoring play in a matter of 30 seconds — a 54-yard run in which he shed a tackle to get into the end zone — and that started a 27-point string for South heading to halftime.
A 44-yard Lindsay run with 7:21 to go in the second made it 21-14, and Monarch had a punt blocked, a fumble and a three-and-out its next three possessions spilling into the third quarter.
“The momentum that we had at the beginning was good, but they fed (Lindsay) the rock and he punched through us a couple of times,” said Schmanski, a junior. “We knew he was going to make plays and we just had to rally to the ball. At times we did and other times we didn’t, and that’s what killed us.”
Lindsay had 109 yards after halftime — maintaining his 10 yards plus per carry average for the season — but for the Rebels a late third-quarter pass play may have been their most clutch of the game.
A safety for Monarch made it 27-16 with 3:08 to go in the third, and though Monarch couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing possession punter Trevor Elser pinned South at its own 2-yard line. The Coyotes stuffed the run on the next two plays, but on a third-and-11 from the 1-yard line allowed a Amon Smith pass deep to Dre’mond Griffin for 71 yards. Five plays later Derius Pinkett made it 34-16.
Smith had eight completions in two games coming into Saturday but completed nine passes for 143 yards against MoHi.
“We got them into passing situations, which is really what we would like to see. Our pass coverage just wasn’t played well,” Bravo said. “We had some breakdowns. Everywhere, you have to make big plays against good teams.”
Monarch, who had 253 total yards, will look to bounce back at home Friday against Brighton.
Denver South 41, Monarch 23
At Spangenberg Field
Denver South (3-0)
Monarch — Easton Hall 72 pass from Stone MacIntyre (Trevor Elser kick). Monarch — CJ Schmanski 20 interception return (Elser kick). Denver South — Marcus Lindsay 54 run (Zach Cheiko kick). Denver South — Dre’mond Griffin 15 pass from Amon Wright (Cheiko kick).
Denver South — Lindsay 44 run (Cheiko kick). Denver South — Cheiko 22 field goal. Denver South — Cheiko 31 field goal.
Monarch — Safety (punter tackled in end zone).
Denver South — Derius Pinkett 14 run (Cheiko kick). Monarch — Harrison Waldmann 1 run (Elser kick). Denver South — Lindsay 42 run (Cheiko kick).
RUSHING — Denver South: Marcus Lindsay 20-243, Quinton Johnson 6-14, Derius Pinkett 8-23, Amon Wright 8-30, Brandon Martin 1-12. Monarch: Zach Bestres 12-34, Harrison Waldmann 10-43, Justin Kiss 3-65, Alex Bradfield 10-24, Noah Snyder 1-0, Justin Powers 1-0, Stone MacIntyre 1-(minus-6).
PASSING — Denver South: Wright 9-16-1-143. Monarch: MacIntyre 3-11-0-93.
RECEIVING — Denver South: Dre’mond Griffin 6-115, Darrien Golden 1-6, Quinton Johnson 1-4, Esaias Gandy 1-16. Monarch: Easton Hall 3-93.