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High school football: Rich moves on in 1A football playoffs with win over Monticello

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 8:25 p.m. MDT

Rich High celebrate its first round playoff win over the Monticello Buckaroos (Linda Cornia) Rich High celebrate its first round playoff win over the Monticello Buckaroos (Linda Cornia)

The Rich Rebels who have made the playoffs in each of its 28 years of football, added to their playoff record with a 26-17 win over the Monticello Buckaroos on Friday.

Rebel Coach Ashley Brown instructed his team captains that if they won the coin toss to take the football. The Rebels won the toss and team Captain McKay Jarman informed the officials that they wanted the ball. On the first offensive play of the game, Jarman went 70 yards for the score thanks to a key block from his center Hawkan Cornia.

It didn't take long for the Buckaroos to answer back as Makade Malloy found Austin Wilcox for a 13 yard touchdown pass. Both teams traded fumbles before the Rebels drove to the 12 yard line. Jarman found tight end Skyler Argyle all alone in the corner of the end zone to take a 13-7 lead.

Monticello's Austin Malloy puts the Buckaroos ahead 14-13 late in the 2nd quarter (Linda Cornia) Monticello's Austin Malloy puts the Buckaroos ahead 14-13 late in the 2nd quarter (Linda Cornia)

Monticello took advantage of good field position as the 1st half drew to a close. The Rebels umbled a punt and Monticello recovered on the Rebel's 32 yard line. It took only 5 plays for the Buckaroos to score as Makade found wide receiver Austin for a 12 yard catch. Monticello went into halftime with a 14-13 lead.

The opening drive for the Buckaroos took a lot of time off the clock as they used up half of the third quarter. Unfortunetely for the Buckaroos, the drive stalled at the Rebel 10 yard line. Austin Malloy put a 27 yard field goal through the uprights to build the lead to 17-13. At the end of the third quarter Rebels running back Ben Groll spun free from a tackle and scored from 22 yards out. The Rebels were back on top with a 20-17 lead. The same two teams had met back on September 27th when the home team came from behind for a 20-19 homecoming win.

Rebel Running back Ben Groll finds the end zone to put the Rebels ahead in the 3rd quarter. (Linda Cornia) Rebel Running back Ben Groll finds the end zone to put the Rebels ahead in the 3rd quarter. (Linda Cornia)

The Buckaroos found themselves pinned deep in their own territory with a third down and 23 yards to go from the 5 yard line. Malloy found Cole Eldridge streaking down the side line for a 35 yard completion and a first down. An incomplete pass on 4th down turned the ball over to Rich at midfield. The Rebel's drive took the clock down under two minutes as they faced a 4th and two on the 3 yard line. Jarman ran an option play to the right side and was able to find the end zone untouched and a 26-17 lead.

Monticello’s slim hopes disappeared on their next offensive play as Rebel linebacker Mitch Jarman made a nice one handed interception to insure the victory. The win sends Rich (8-2) to face the Kanab Cowboys (6-5) who eliminated Milford 47-8.

The Rebels were led by McKay Jarman who had 129 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns. Ben Groll had 44 yards on 4 carries and a touchdown. Joseph Leifson had 37 yards on 7 carries. Cache Sabey 17 yards on 5 carries and Chalis Myers 18 yards on 4 carries. Jarman was 3-5 passing for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Monticello's Makade Malloy pushes forward for an extra yard (Linda Cornia) Monticello's Makade Malloy pushes forward for an extra yard (Linda Cornia)

For the Buckaroos Makade Malloy picked up 30 yards on 6 carries and was 4-10 passing for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns. Austin Malloy gained 50 yards on 11 carries. Dillon Maughan had 49 yards rushing from 13 carries. Cole Eldridge 26 yards on 5 carries.

Rich High moves on in 1A football playoffs with win over Monticello

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