Football: Monroe Central Hammers River, 47-0

HANNIBAL – A short trip to Flannery Field Friday night was just what the doctor ordered for a winless Monroe Central football team.

Behind four Levi Brown touchdowns and a tenacious defense, the Seminoles (1-2) tasted victory for the first time with a 47-0 pasting of winless River (0-3).

“We kind of got untracked offensively, but it’s still not where we want it to be, of course,” veteran Monroe Central coach Jay Circosta said. “I thought Curtis (Nixon) and Levi did some nice things.”

After punting twice on its first two possessions, Monroe Central struck in quick fashion on its third series.

Taking over at the Pilots 49-yard line, Brown lost a pair of yards on first down before Nixon found Zach Jorris down the sideline for a 49-yard gain to the River 2. On the next play, Brown took a handoff and darted around his right end for the score and a 7-0 lead

The Seminoles got the ball right back when River fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and Justin Kilburn fell on the ball at the River 23.

It took three plays to reach the end zone as Nixon play-faked into the line before finding Bryan Duffy in the middle of the end zone from 23 yards out. Duffy made a nice, twisting catch for a 14-0 margin.

Following an exchange of interceptions, the second by Duffy, set the Seminoles up at the Pilots 34. A 16-yard hookup between Nixon and Duffy on third-and-13 kept the drive alive, and Brown completed it three plays later when he swept around left end for six points.

With time winding down in the first half, Brown swiped a River pass out of the air on his side of midfield and his way down, alertly lateraled the ball to Duffy who returned it to the River 41.

After an incomplete pass, Brown took a handoff and scampered his way to paydirt to make it 24-0 at the half.

The Pilots were held to 24 yards of total offense in the first half, and things didn’t get much better in the second as they finished with 86 for the game.