Caruthersville football team shuts out Kennett 36-0
KENNETT, Mo. - The state-ranked Caruthersville Tigers finished SEMO Conference Central play perfect Friday night as it collected its first shutout of the season on its way to 36-0 victory against the Kennett Indians.
The Tigers scored at least one touchdown in every quarter as it calculated over 300 yards of total offense.
"It was a sloppy, rainy game and it was kind of hard for either offense to be effective," Caruthersville coach Nathan Morgan said. "We got them with a few big plays on offense and forced them to make long drives. Our defense played real well. It's our first shutout of the year so I'm very proud about how our defense played tonight."
Kennett ran the ball 29 times for 90 yards and connected for three passes for 40 yards to account for 130 yards of total offense.
The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes because of thunderstorms that rolled into Metz Cherry Stadium shortly after 6 p.m. Moderate rainfall fell during most of the game once it started at approximately 7:45 p.m.
"I thought our kids played hard," Kennett football coach Corey Adkisson said. "It was tough dealing with the delay again. The kids stayed focused and were ready to play. Defensively, I thought we played pretty well at times. We just started missing some tackles and got a little out of position later in the game. That's when they were able to gash us a little bit."
Both offenses struggled to score early in the first half. Caruthersville moved the ball a net total of 11 yards on its first two offensive drives and Kennett moved the ball a net total of three yards on its opening two drives.
The Tigers put together an 80-yard touchdown drive on its third offensive possession of the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead with 1:41 left in the first period.
Kennett moved the ball 14 yards on its third drive of the first half before punting the ball back to Caruthersville.
Tigers' running back Darrell Monroe got his first touches of the game in Caruthersville's fourth drive of the first half. Monroe had three straight carries for a net total of 32 yards. Monroe's third carry of the game was a 4-yard touchdown run that pushed Caruthersville's lead to 12-0 with 11:20 remaining in the second quarter.
"He played well," Morgan said of Monroe. "In a rainy game like this his style of run bolds well for us, but he got dinged up again on the same ankle. We are going to try to get him nursed back to health and ready for Hayti."
Kennett's offense moved the ball 20 yards on its final three possessions of the first half. Caruthersville scored once more in the first half when Myron Woods rushed the ball into the end zone from the Kennett 12-yard line with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The Tigers led 20-0 at halftime.
"Our kids came out really focused and played hard," Adkisson said. "We really executed early. I thought as the game went on their depth took over and Caruthersville executed a little better."
Kennett fumbled the ball away three times in the second half and finished the game with four turnovers. Caruthersville fumbled the ball away once in the second half.
Antonio Mackins had a 20-yard touchdown run with 4:51 left in the third period to increase the Tigers' lead to 28-0.
Tyler Grissom completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Johnson with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter to account for the Tigers' final score of the game.
Morgan said he did not believe his team had a depth advantage against Kennett.
"No," Morgan said. "Definitely not an advantage because we had injuries throughout the game. In Class 2 there is not a great deal of depth period. We had young guys that had to step up tonight and they did a good job."
Kennett's Harold Weeden had 15 carries for 64 yards and the Indians' Darius Warren added 11 carries for 23 yards. Bron McPherson caught two of Kennett's three completed passes for a total of 27 yards.
Johnson had 19 carries for 74 yards and Monroe had five carries for 60 yards.
Caruthersville, which is ranked No. 6 in the latest Class 2 state poll, finishes SEMO Conference Central play in outright first place with a 4-0 record. Kennett finishes SEMO Conference Central play in fifth place at 0-4.
Caruthersville (5-1) will play at arch rival Hayti next Friday. Hayti (3-4) defeated Scott City 22-14 in its Week 7 contest.
"It's a rivalry game," Morgan said. "Records don't really matter. It's every teenager's Superbowl in the Bootheel. They will come out ready to play and we will have to make sure we match their intensity and step it up a little bit."
Kennett (0-7) is back in action Friday when it hosts Dunklin County rival Malden. Malden (5-2) beat Chaffee 46-22 in Week 7. Malden beat Kennett 75-59 in a 2011 head-to-head game.
"We've got to focus up this week and really come in prepared," Adkisson said. "Malden's got a good team again this year. We've got to work hard this week like our kids always do, try to get better this week and be ready to execute Friday night."
Caruthersville 36, Kennett 0
CHS 6 14 8 8 - 36
KHS 0 0 0 0 - 0
C - Jamal Johnson 0 run (Steven Rodgers kick no good), 1:41
C - Darrell Monroe 4 run (two-point conversion no good), 11:20
C - Myron Woods 12 run (two-point conversion good), 3:33
C - Antonio Mackins 20 run (two-point conversion good), 4:51
C - Tyler Grissom 22 pass to Johnson, 9:20
Rushing - Kennett: Harold Weeden 15-64, Darius Warren 11-23, Treyvon Bradford 1-3. Caruthersville: Jamal Johnson 19-74, Darrell Monroe 5-60, Antonio Mackins 3-31, Myron Woods 1-12, Rodrick Jones 1-1, Hunter Dickey 2-37, Daniel Fugate 3-0, Tyler Grissom 9-79.
Passing - Kennett: Harold Weeden 3-13-0. Caruthersville: Tyler Grissom 1-6-0
Receiving - Kennett: Bron McPherson 2-27, Ridge Diffine 1-13. Caruthersville: Jamal Johnson 1-22.