Monessen wins 1,000th game
MAPLETOWN — Monessen made its 1,000th game memorable, routing
Mapletown 34-0 Friday night in a Tri-County Conference contest.
The Greyhounds' offense started slowly, with two penalties on the
first drive that killed the momentum the Hounds had after a three-and-
out series from their defense to begin the game.
Near the end of the first quarter, Monessen's Samuel Dickerson
intercepted a pass from Maples' quarterback Marcus Cumpston at the 8-
yard line, ending what looked to be a scoring drive from the
"I thought we started off kind of slow,' Monessen coach Andy Pacak
said. 'I'm not sure if it was because it was the first away game of
the year or the road trip."
Midway through the second quarter, Monessen quarterback Chavas
Rawlins connected on a bootleg to the right, hooking up on a 36-yard
touchdown pass to senior running back Jalen Madison to make it 6-0.
The Greyhounds' defense continued to stifle the Maples' offense,
tallying two sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery in the
With less than two minutes to play in the half, the Greyhounds drove
57 yards to take a 14-0 lead. Rawlins set up the score by connecting
on a 17-yard pass and later scrambling out of a sack for a 22-yard
gain. The touchdown came on an 18-yard pass to Madison.
"Those two communicate very well together,' Pacak said. 'They can
often see things in the defense, and we give them a little more
freedom than we typically would a younger player.'
The Hounds' offense picked up where it left off in the second half,
going 55 yards in three plays with Brandon Lenhart finishing the
drive with a 15-yard touchdown run.
On its next possession, Madison was able to shrug off defenders and
spin out of a pile to break off a 33-yard TD run. The extra point
snap was bobbled, leaving the Greyhounds with a 27-0 lead.
With a little more than five minutes left in the game, Lenhart
sprinted 19 yards to the end zone for his second score of the night,
making the final score 34-0.
The Greyhounds defense allowed only allowed five first downs in the
When Pacak was asked what it meant to him to win in Monessen's 1000th
played game, he said "Every one is a big win, but this one is pretty
special. It was historical. I'll remember it for a while."
GAME NOTES : Madison had 16 carries for 107 yards and caught four
passes for 53 yards, while Rawlins hit on 10 of 14 passes for 157
yards ... Dickerson caught three passes for 70 yards ... Monessen had
377 totals yards, compared to just 79 for the Maples ... Monessen
hosts Carmichaels next week.