Monmouth-Roseville hit the road last Saturday, November 10, to take on Herscher in a 3A State Quarterfinal matchup. The Titans dropped a heartbreaker, giving up a touchdown with under a minute to play to lose 24-20.
“I’m incredibly proud of the effort and resiliency we showed on Saturday,” Said Coach Jeremy Adolphson, “In the end, we came up short. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort or heart.”
This one was back and forth for almost the entire way, as Monmouth’s passing game was consistently able to keep them in this one. QB Addison Fletcher really stepped up in a heated battle, and proved his worth as he seemed to respond whenever it looked like Herscher might take over. Fletcher finished with 212 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception on 14/20 passing. He willed be sorely missed as a senior leader of this team.
Elsewhere for Monmouth, both Jamonny Skinner and JC Sells had big-games in the receiving game with Skinner going for 79 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches and Sells going for 124 yards on 7 catches. CJ Daniel chipped in 76 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to lead the team’s rushing attack.
Defensively, Monmouth was largely able to contain Herscher’s 6’7” receiver, Maxx Becker, as he only recorded 1 catch for 8 yards and a touchdown, but the running game is where they were gashed. Herscher racked up 226 yards and 2 touchdowns as a team on Saturday, 106 of which went to Matthew Dorsey. QB Carter Hendrix also racked up 87 yards and a touchdown, as his and Dorsey’s running ability were able to keep Monmouth’s defense on their heels.
This is a game to be proud of for Monmouth, that much is certain. To compete the way they did with a team that had routinely been competing for state titles at 4A is nothing short of impressive. This has been a program-building playoff run, and one that could set them up for years to come.