It was a beautiful October night for some Friday night light action as the Meadowbrook Monarchs visited the Thomas Dale Knights in a primetime conference matchup.
To start the game, both sides started off slow, with penalty after penalty slowing each side down, and offenses trying to figure out their opponent’s defensive schemes. After the first couple drives though, Thomas Dale ended up breaking through to put some points on the board.
Thomas Dale was led by a fierce ground attack on offense. Running back Chris Tyree was the big story of the night on both sides of the ball, with his 16 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown, and on defense, Tyree had an interception returned 28 yards for a touchdown.
Knights running back Collin Holmes also had a big night, rushing 11 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback John Pierce went 4 for 6, with 64 yards passing and two touchdowns, one to wide receiver Gynai James and one to defensive end Zach Jones.
The Knights special teams had a big night as well, with two field goals made by Garrett Graves and his extra points propelling Thomas Dale even more over Meadowbrook.
Defensively for Thomas Dale, all night long they were a force to be reckoned with. The first half, they kept the Monarchs contained in the run game and pass game. In the second half, they had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, to open the second half on their first two defensive drives. Not a bad way to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Meadowbrook had their fair share of struggles throughout the night. On offense, they could not find a rhythm to stick with and it cost them greatly, leading to no points on the board and a couple turnovers early on in the second half. On defense, for the first couple drives, they held Thomas Dale scoreless, but it was not enough, as the Knights ended up scoring 39 on the Monarchs.
“On defense, our coordinator Coach Jones told us we had to get our name back from last week,” said defensive back Chris Tyree. “We wanted to fly to the football every play, every second of the game, and I feel like we accomplished that today.”
Thomas Dale coach Kevin Tucker was very proud of his team’s all-around performance in their 39-0 win over Meadowbrook.
“Our defense has been good this year as far as creating turnovers and good field position,” said coach Tucker. “We got to really love the fact that our front four on the defense and our front five on offense controlled the line of scrimmage. It allowed our linebackers to flow freely and make some big plays. Our defensive ends kept the quarterback contained.
“The offensive line set the edge for us, letting guys like Chris, Collin and Elijah to get some big runs. I don’t have their stats yet, but I would say we had a really good night rushing the football. John Pierce is getting better and better each week throwing the football with better accuracy and power down the field. We’re getting better each week and that’s what we got to do, continue to improve, take small steps, and get ourselves right for when we make our November run.”