Munroe got a wake-up call pretty fast Friday night when Temple Christian quarterback Donald Brown connected with Isaiah Carpenter on a 35-yard pass to give the visitors a quick 6-0 at Corry Field.
The Bobcats righted themselves right quickly and went on to a 48-12 win that helped them celebrate their homecoming.
After the Temple touchdown, Munroe went on a 15-play, 65-yard drive to tie things up with a 2-yard Myles Edwards’ touchdown plunge. Cole Skipper’s point-after kick put the Bobcats in front 7-6. And in front they stayed, going on to add touchdowns on a pair of Will Harris passes and a Daniel Winburn run before halftime and taking a 28-12 lead into the festivities.
The first touchdown throw for Harris went to Bo Bailey on a play that covered 49 yards, and his second scoring toss went to Edwards on a play covering nine yards.
Following the Harris to Bailey touchdown, Temple’s Kamron Sellers zipped 88 yards with the kick-off to give the Jacksonville school their second score of the night.
Munroe pretty much bottled up Temple after that and a touchdown by Edwards and a pair of 6-pointers by Bailey wrapped up the scoring in the second half.
Edwards ran five yards for his score while Bailey skirted 29 yards for his first touchdown of the second half and zoomed 75 yards with a pass interception for the game’s final score.
Bailey ended the night with 115 rushing yards while Edwards churned for 78.
The offensive line of Sean Newton, Joey Sloan, Max Baroody, Walt Kelleher and Sawyer Kyllonen did a good job of helping Munroe move the ball.
Defensively, Kyle Skipper had a pass interception in addition to Bailey’s pick. Cole Skipper and Nick Reynolds also recovered fumbles for the Bobcats.
“I think we’re learning and getting better,” Munroe coach Joey Edwards said. “We’re getting in better shape and seem to be gaining some confidence.”
The game was the Bobcats’ last home game of the year and their 5th win of the year.
They play in Panama City against North Bay Haven this Friday and will play in Tallahassee against John Paul II Friday, November 8.
CALLED-BACK SCORES HURT WEST GADSDEN
West Gadsden had a chance to gain a play-off spot in FHSAA District 1-1A football last week but the little yellow flag hurt the Panthers in their 17-3 loss to Port St. Joe in the Gulf County town.
Two long touchdowns were called back in the contest. The first was in the opening quarter when the game was scoreless. The Panthers had seemingly reached pay dirt on a 51-yard screen pass play. That score was called back for an ineligible player down field.
The second score was on a 62-yard run that was nullified on a holding call.
In all, West Gadsden had over 250 yards of offense in spite of the long touchdowns being called back.
Quarterback Quanterrious Knight passed for 170 yards with Octavious Evans catching 88 yards worth of passing. Miguel Davis led the rushers with 80 yards.
Defensively, Ronald Pinkney and Robert Gordon led the Panthers with seven and six tackles respectively.
West Gadsden is 5-4 on the year with a home game against Wewahitchka on November 8 left. There are some ongoing negotiations for a bowl game that would extend the season.