The Monterey Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season Friday night after beating Jackson County 42-18 in Monterey.
Both offenses were firing on all cylinders early in the game. Each squad scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. The four touchdowns, in the opening stanza, averaged 66 yards per play.
On the first offensive play of the game Monterey quarterback Jordan Key, kept a jet sweep read which he took 69 yards to pay dirt.
The Blue Devils answered quickly on their first offensive play of the game quarterback Eli Burris connected with wide receiver Justin Davis for a 75 yard touchdown strike.
Monterey blocked the point after touchdown giving the Wildcats a 7-6 advantage.
Key capped the next Wildcat drive with a 40 yard touchdown run on fourth and one.
Two plays later Jackson County’s Wid Robbins drew the Blue Devils within two after he took a miss direction play 80 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson County’s two point conversion failed. Monterey held a slight lead 14-12 with 8:30 to play in the first quarter.
At the end of the first quarter Kevin Borjas hauled in a 38 yard touchdown pass from key over two Jackson County defenders. At the break Monterey led Jackson County 21-12.
After giving up two touchdowns on Jackson County’s first three plays, the Monterey defense forced three punts and a turnover on downs to finish the half.
Monterey’s Anthony Soberians picked off Burris on the second play of the second half.
Four plays after the turnover Key connected with Borjas again. This time from 12 yards out. Monterey held a 28-12 lead with 11 minutes to play in the third quarter.
Key blew the game open with a 56 yard punt return for a touchdown on the next series.
Key accounted for 5 touchdowns and he finished the night with 268 all purpose yards.
Burris completed 19-33 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils.
Monterey host Jo Byrns next week in their fourth and final game of their month long home stand. Jackson County heads back home to Gainesboro to host Cascade.