By JONATHAN GREENE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Montcalm Generals wanted to make sure Homecoming night was memorable.
A new king and queen were crowned, but it Jason Grose who stole the show before the halftime celebration.
Grose rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns as the Generals ran away from Tygarts Valley 44-8 Friday night at Prudich Stadium.
“It feels good,” Montcalm head coach Jimmy Redmond said. “We played well on defense. Jason and Marcus both ran the ball hard. I just hope we continue to play like we did. We've got one more game and I hope it carries over next week.”
Grose scored on runs of 67, 40, and 66 in the first half as he out-gained the Bulldogs by himself, 195 yards to 48.
“He had a great night,” Tygarts Valley head coach Joseph Arbogast said of Grose. He's an excellent athlete and did a great job for them. He ran hard and his guys blocked up
front for him.
“He did what he had to do. Hats off to them. They had an excellent ball game.”
Tygarts Valley won the toss and elected to receive, but were held to a three-and-out on their opening drive.
Montcalm went to Grose with zero luck on the first carry. The junior made up for it on the next play as broke several tackles and sprinted 67 yards for his first score. An Aaron Presley two-point conversion made it 8-0 less than three minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs' second drive stalled after a big run by P.J. Lanham. The Generals forced a turnover on downs after Owen Arbogast's pass attempt was dropped.
Grose along with Presley and Marcus Bailey helped Montcalm put together a nice second drive. However, a penalty nearly derailed it. Tygarts Valley bailed them with a penalty of their own to give the Generals fourth and one at the 30 where Grose found an opening for the first down.
Three plays later, Presley called his own number for a 20-yard touchdown. On the point after try, Bailey fought his way into the endzone to make it 16-0 just before the end of the first.
“This game is a lot about momentum,” Redmond said. “Everyone was feeding off that momentum. We hoped to get up early and when you do, it makes things easier.”
The teams traded punts with Montcalm pinning the Bulldogs deep in their own territory.
The Generals held them to another punt which turned into great starting position with a short field.
Grose took advantage with a 40-yard touchdown rush then added the two-point conversion to build a 24-0 advantage.
“He's a hard runner,” Redmond said. “He stayed in there for most of the game. He's in great condition. He just kept doing what he was doing.”
After another Tygarts Valley's turnover on downs, Grose broke free for his third touchdown.
The Bulldogs had their best chance for a touchdown following two personal foul penalties by Montcalm. It was short lived as Presley intercepted the pass inside the 10.
“It's frustrating,” Arbogast said. “When you're 0-7, it's hard to keep morale up. Once something bad happens, our heads go down.
“It's tough. That was a good opportunity. That was another example of an advantage we should of taken, but didn't.”
The Generals padded their lead in the third quarter with a one-yard plunge by Presley.
Presley then hit Travis Duncan for a 19-yard strike to put the game away.
The Bulldogs were able to get on the board late in the fourth when Lanham rumbled in for a nine-yard score.
Presley finished with 48 yards on the ground and added 90 through the air. Bailey caught three passes for 72 yards.
Lanham's 73 yards rushing paced the Bulldogs. No other player had more than six yards rushing.
“Montcalm put it together,” Arbogast said. “They executed the plays that we didn't. I'm not happy with our guys. There were positive things tonight, but it's been a problem. We have to put something together. We have to figure out to play a whole game.”
Montcalm (4-4) hosts Hannan next Saturday at 1 p.m. for their regular season finale. The Generals are looking for just their second winning season in school history.
“They say there has been only one winning season,” Redmond said. “This would be the second for the school and we're talking about it. It would good to finish out with a win.”
At Prudich Stadium
Tygarts Valley......................0 0 0 8 — 8
Montcalm.............................16 15 13 0 — 44
M - Jason Grose 67 rush (Aaron Presley rush), 9:21
M - Presley 20 rush (Aaron Bailey rush), 1:36
M - Grose 40 rush (Grose rush), 6:15
M - Grose 67 rush (Bailey kick), 3:05
M - Presley 1 rush (Bailey kick), 7:39
M - Travis Duncan 18 pass from Presley (PAT failed), 2:19
TV - P.J. Lanham 9 rush (Nick Wood from Hunter Parks), 9:44
RUSHING - Tygarts Valley, P.J. Lanham 19-73-td, Keighan Chewing 1-2, Owen Arbogast 2-(-7), Adam Cassell 1-5, Andrew Torres 3-7, Dalton Vandevender 1-2, Hunter Parks 1-6, TEAM 4-(3); Montcalm, Jason Grose 15-244-3td, Marcus Bailey 7-11, Aaron Presley 7-48, Ryan Absher 4-6, Colton Egnor 2-0, TEAM 4-(-4).
PASSING - TV, Arbogast 0-3-1-0-0, Parks 1-5-0-7-0; M, Presley 4-6-0-90-1.
RECEIVING - TV, Timothy Sparks 1-7; M, Bailey 3-72, Travis Duncan 1-18-td.