Wildcats rally behind backup QB, defense steps up in second half

Tim Schmidt
Wildcats rally behind backup QB, defense steps up in second half

The Montgomery County football team rallied behind its backup quarterback and relied on a stellar second-half performance from its defense to win its fourth game in a row Friday night.

Junior quarterback Drake Deuser passed for three touchdowns and ran for one as the Wildcats scored 28 unanswered points in a 44-16 home win over Mark Twain.

The victory improved Montgomery County’s record to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the Eastern Missouri Conference. The win also sets up a conference showdown this Friday against Wright City, which also is 4-1 and 3-0 in the EMO. Kickoff for Friday’s Homecoming game is 7 p.m.

“Our football team continues to find success on Friday nights,” Coach John Klekamp said. “We had another rough stretch on both sides of the ball in the first half. The players and coaching staff will work hard this week to focus on consistency and execution of our offensive and defensive game plans. This week it will be important as we welcome a Wright City team that is playing great football. We must have a great week of practice and find ways to play more consistently on Friday nights.”

Deuser replaced Ethan Abercrombie early in the second quarter after the senior quarterback departed with a knee injury.

Tied 16-16, Deuser connected with Bailey Sontag on a 53-yard scoring play to give the Wildcats a 24-16 lead following a successful two-point conversion. Montgomery County ended the half with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Deuser to Carson Parker. Tristen Murie added the two-point conversion for a 32-16 advantage.

Deuser had a 46-yard touchdown pass to Sontag in the third quarter to extend the lead to 38-16. He added a 26-yard scoring run in the final quarter for the final points of the game.

On the defensive side, the Wildcats stepped up in the final two quarters. In the first quarter, they allowed  93 rushing yards to the Tigers, but held them to 74 yards of total offense in the final two quarters. They also recorded three turnovers.

Prior to getting hurt, Abercrombie had a 12-yard touchdown pass to Parker in the first quarter. Logan Hutcheson had the other touchdown for the Wildcats on a 9-yard run early in the second quarter, a burst that put them up 16-8 at the time.

Overall, Montgomery County had 464 yards on offense. Deuser and Abercrombie combined to complete 14 of 26 passes for 294 yards. The Wildcats rushed for 170 yards on 21 carries.


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