Hilltoppers fall to Monroe in first round
Tre ‘Shun Wynn rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries to lead Monroe High’s football team to an easy 48-8 home win over R-S Central in the first round of the 2AA state playoffs on Friday.
“We fumbled the first play of he game and it was downhill from there,” R-S Central head coach Mike Cheek said. “We didn’t play well at all.”
Wynn ran for two scores in the first half, including a 58-yard scamper with 7:23 left in the second to give the Redhawks a 18-0 lead.
“They blocked us better than anybody all year long,” Cheek said. “They just ran it right at us.”
Monroe, the No. 2 seed in the West bracket, improved to 10-2 on the year. The 15-seeded Hilltoppers end their season with a 5-6 record.
Redhawks junior tailback Chase Byrum added two TD runs in the first half, helping Monroe to a 32-0 lead at the break.
R-S Central finally got on the board with 5:47 left in the third when senior Nate Murray hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Jay’len Hollis.
Hollis finished 8-of-19 for 151 yards with one TD and one interception. Rashaun Whitesides hauled in four catches for 82 yards for the Hilltoppers.
“The 19 seniors on this team are the type of guys that we’ll miss,” Cheek said. “They worked their tail off to get us back in the playoffs. Now it’s time for the young guys to step it up in the weight room and try to get better.”
Monroe 46, R-S Central 8
Central^0^0^8^0 - 8
Monroe^12^20^6^8 - 46
M - Chase Byrum 3 run (kick failed)
M - Tre’Shun Wynn 1 run (pass failed)
M - Wynn 58 run (pass failed)
M - Byrum 11 run (Zephaniah Wall run)
M - Desmen Robinson 35 pass from Wall (kick blocked)
C - Nate Murray 30 pass from Jay’len Hollis (Murray from Hollis)
M - Wall 26 run (kick failed)
M - Wynn 10 run (Byrum run)
Rushing: Central - Matt Atchley 15-67, Hollis 11-39, Desmond Whitesides 8-21, Rashaun Whitesides 5-11, Murray 1-0; Monroe - Wynn 13-157, Byrum 19-101, Wall 6-68, #88 3-13, Telvin Lee 1-2, Rahmaad Sturdivant 1-0.
Passing: Central - Hollis 8-19-1 151; Monroe - Wall 8-10-0 92.
Receiving: Central - R. Whitesides 4-72, Murray 3-68, Atchley 1-11; Monroe - Jaylan Barbour 5-43, Robinson 1-35, Wynn 2-14.
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