Senators can’t keep pace with Monroe in opener

Published 11:39 pm Saturday, August 29, 2015

Morgan Academy's Jackson Henderson fights for a touchdown in Saturday's game versus Monroe. --Daniel Evans

Morgan Academy’s Jackson Henderson fights for a touchdown in Saturday’s game versus Monroe. –Daniel Evans

Morgan Academy scored two fourth quarter touchdowns against Monroe Academy Saturday, but by then it was too little, too late for the Senators.

The Volunteers showed why they are ranked No. 3 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association polls in a dominant 35-12 win in a game that took almost 24 hours from start to finish.

“We had some missed assignments on defense and a lot of those resulted in touchdowns,” said Morgan Academy head coach Jake Wingo. “We had several missed assignments on offense too.”

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The Volunteers entered Saturday with a 14-0 lead after touchdowns by Dalton McKenzie and Cole Griffin on Friday evening. After those scores, weather forced the game to be postponed until Saturday afternoon.

Monroe picked up right where it left off.

The Volunteers scored twice in the second quarter, including a 44-yard pass from Griffin McKenzie to Reece Lucker to lead 28-0 at the break.

Monroe added a final score on the first possession of the second half on a Dalton McKenzie 48-yard run to make it 35-0.

“Monroe is a great team. They’re so good up front and they controlled the line of scrimmage and that was the difference,” Wingo said.

The Senators answered with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Adams to Jackson Henderson, who fought to take the ball away from a Volunteers’ defender in the end zone.

Morgan’s extra point attempt was no good, so the Senators still trailed 35-6.

Against many of the Volunteers’ reserves, Morgan marched 85 yards in the final minute. Adams finished the drive with a 1-yard rush with 54.4 seconds left to bring the score to 35-12.

“We did some good things but we have to correct a lot,” Wingo said. “Monday is going to be a big day for us of correcting the mistakes and building off the positives.”

The Senators host Lee-Scott Friday night.