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Malden Green Wave exorcise Red Devils

Friday, October 12, 2012

Staff Photo/ Scott Matthews The fearless Green Wave cheerleaders braved the frigid, wet weather to cheer on their team, The Green Wave ran off with a 46-22 win on the night.
The Red Devils and cold, rainy weather obviously don't mix.

The Malden Green Wave proved that Friday night.

With temperatures in the mid-40s and on and off rain for four quarters, the Green Wave ran out to a commanding lead early on homecoming night as they rushed for 463 yards and rolled to a 46-22 victory over Chaffee in the SEMO South finale.

The win is Malden's fourth straight and improved the Green Wave to 4-0 at home.

It was apparent early that the Green Wave weren't going to have many options with their offense, so they just struck with their strong suit -- the ground game.

Senior Romello McCoy rushed for a season-high 310 yards and added four touchdowns while fellow senior Mitchell Coleman also ran for a season-high with 145 yards and added two touchdowns.

The Green Wave (5-2, 4-1 SEMO) attempted just four passes on the night.

"We had put in some things where we wanted to throw the ball a little bit more and be a little bit more balanced," Malden coach Joel Wyatt said. "We just couldn't do it with the weather."

Balance wasn't the key to this one but it didn't matter as they overwhelmed the Red Devils.

"It really put a big change in our plans," Wyatt said of the weather. "We just kind of had to line up and run the ball. Our offensive line I felt really controlled the game and did a great job."

Malden seized momentum right off the bat.

Chris Smith grabbed a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff and four McCoy rushes later, it was 6-0 Green Wave.

"It's always nice to get that early start and get the momentum going for us," Wyatt said.

Chaffee (2-5, 1-4) put together a solid driving on their opening possession. But disaster struck again as they got down to the Green Wave 6-yard line where Javiel Cooper forced a fumble and Mitchell Coleman recovered.

Wyatt already had some concerns of distractions for the game but a 20-minute delay at the start and a limited warm up due to lightning in the area added to the mix.

"I wasn't sure how we would come out with homecoming," Wyatt said. "We let the kids wear their pink for cancer awareness month and we just didn't know if our mind was going to be on the game. They got locked in and really came out with some intensity."

Coleman then showed his skill on the other side of the ball as he sprinted out a 68-yard touchdown run for the 12-0 lead. Coleman later added a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

"He can do a little bit of everything," Wyatt said of Coleman. "He had one of those nights where we waited for that to happen. He's got that in him and it's just been waiting for him to get loose. He's got loose occasionally but not on a consistent basis throughout the game."

McCoy then just did what he has done all season as he ran in a 45-yard run before the end of the first quarter and a 77-yard dash midway through the second.

Green Wave quarterback Chapen Riley then connected with Dajuan Criglar in the end zone for his lone completion of the night for 12 yards and a 34-0 lead.

Chaffee got on the board with a 10-yard reception by Layton Tenkhoff from Peyton Montgomery to trail by 28 points at halftime.

After Coleman's third-quarter TD run, the Red Devils picked up a safety on a pitch that went out of bounds in the Malden end zone.

In the fourth quarter, McCoy ran in his 19th touchdown of the season, this time from 18 yards out.

With the junior varsity defense playing out the rest of the fourth quarter, the Red Devils offense scored two touchdowns before time wore out.

Overall, the Green Wave had 475 yards of offense compared to Chaffee's 180.

Montgomery was 6-for-20 throwing for the Red Devils while Thomas Robbins rushed for 128 yards on 14 carries.

Zach Gray led Malden in tackles with six while Nick Thompson, Dremond Robinson and Cordiero Clark each had five. Thompson and Clark each had one sack while Cooper and Deven Donley had a 1/2 sack each.

The Green Wave lost two-way starter and leading receiver Gunner Jones to a left arm injury early in the first quarter while he was defense.

"Gunner went out early and that just messed up our whole substitution patterns," Wyatt said. "We had personnel issues."

Wyatt talked afterwards about how the Green Wave have really started to click during the winning streak and have put together three straight solid games after a rough second half in a win against Scott City in Week 4.

"I think they are finally starting to believe in themselves and believe in the plan," Wyatt said. "They are really just realizing we can be a nice ball club if we just eliminate the silly mistakes and quit putting the ball on the ground and just don't beat yourself."

Staff Photo/ Scott Matthews Malden's Mitchell Coleman (15) dodges for distance as Dajuan Crigler lays a fierce block on Chaffee's Tyler Bollinger.
The Green Wave will be the favorite on the road at 0-7 Kennett in the Delta Bowl this Friday.

"When you do those things and play hard, you can play the game faster and it's just so much more fun," Wyatt said.

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