Saturday, September 3, 2011

Monette With Big Game, STA Cruises Past Campbell

There was somebody on this site during the spring who was talking up St. Thomas junior Ryan Monette quite a bit, saying he was going to have a breakout season and that he deserved to be listed in the Class of 2013 rankings. I don't know who that person was, but after watching Saturday afternoon's St. Thomas vs. Campbell game it's obvious that they were right.

Monette, who plays running back, defensive back and returns kicks for STA had a breakout game. He caught 4 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries and a TD and also returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. That's 293 total yards and 4 total touchdowns. Not too bad if you ask me.

Behind the strong play of Monette and a defense that was simply dominating during the 2nd and 3rd quarters, St. Thomas jumped out to a 45-12 lead and this game was over after 3 quarters. The Saints end up with a 45-20 win over Campbell in Division V.

It was a Scorcher!
Boy was it hot out for this one. Kids from NH will not play a regular season football game in weather much hotter than it was this afternoon in Durham, that's for sure. The weather definitely played a role in the outcome, as St. Thomas' depth worked in their favor.

"We ran out of gas as the game went on" said Campbell head coach Marc Prindiville. "We weren't getting blocks up front like we were early in the game."

Special Game for STA and Coach Cumba
This was the first ever game for St. Thomas played at the University of New Hampshire's Cowell Stadium. It was also the first game for new Saints head coach Eric Cumba, who replaces legendary coach Rod Wotton. Cumba played his college football for UNH.

St. Thomas Defense Steps Up
Campbell running back John Houston was able to rush for 66 yards on 13 carries in the 1st quarter. He would gain just 1 yard on 9 carries from that point on. Yes, Campbell may have gotten tired due to the heat and the fact that St. Thomas is a deeper football team. But you also have to give credit to the Saints defense, especially guys like Andrew Kahr, Andrew Fallon, Tom Cifrino, Jesse Ware and David Grunbeck.

Monette Leads Explosive STA Offense
Monette had a huge game, but he had help on offense. Quarterback Scott Munroe, who split time last year with Jack MacNevin played well, as did David Rogers (103 total yards), Jake Geppert (40 yards rushing on just 4 carries) and Tylor Buckley (6 catches).

Bright Spots for Campbell
Houston had a strong 1st quarter running the ball, and was solid at linebacker all game. Sophomore play maker Jesiah Wade has speed and athleticism to burn, finishing with 68 total yards and a touchdown. Quarterback / defensive back Dan Driscoll played his heart out on both sides of the ball, Brendan O'Brien caught a 66 yard TD pass from Driscoll, and Chuck Neild and Dan Simard both played well on the defensive line.

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