On Monday the Munroe Bobcat football team found themselves with a new coach as developments over the previous weekend saw their head coach put on administrative leave.
Joey Edwards, who had coached Munroe for a number of years before retiring to run his family’s business, was asked to come out of that coaching retirement and help the team the rest of the season.
Edwards’ debut was a thing of beauty as the Bobcats romped Oak Hall out of Gainesville 52-13 Friday night at Corry Field.
“The kids responded well and the effort was great,” said Edwards who saw his team rush for close to 600 yards and dominate the game pretty much from start to finish.
Leading the rushing parade was Edwards’ son Myles who had 257 hard-running yards in just 12 carries and had touchdown runs of 26, 64, 80, 34 and 45 yards. Bo Bailey had 173 running yards that included a 51-yard touchdown scamper, and Jalyn Lewis had 104 yards that included an 87-yard scoring scoot.
Lewis also returned a pass interception for a 65-yard score and teammate Cole Skipper had a pass interception and four extra point kicks.
The Munroe offensive line of Joey Sloan, Sean Newton, Sawyer Kyllonen, Max Baroody and Walt Kelleher had a lot to do with the rushing output, prompting Edwards to say: “They carried out their assignments fine. They came off the line well and gave us running room which allowed us to control the game.”
Defensively, Baroody was in on 10 tackles including a sack and Edwards got in on eight tackles. Bailey had a sack and Daniel Winburn recovered a fumble. Will Harris was in on five tackles and broke up two pass attempts.
Munroe lifted their record to 4-2 with the win and will play at Rocky Bayou Christian in Niceville Friday night.
“We still got a ways to go,” Edwards said, “but I feel this group will work hard and the team will continue to improve.”
WEST GADSDEN LOSES AT CHIPLEY
Chipley led 28-6 at the half and went on to defeat West Gadsden 42-12 last Friday night in the Washington County town.
It was the fourth road game in a row for the Panthers who now have a 4-3-season record.
Quanterrious Knight passed eight yards to Octavious Evans for one of the West Gadsden touchdowns and Antonio Murphy ran in from four yards out for the other.
“Four road games in a row is a tough way to go,” Panther coach Joey Striplin said. “It certainly will be good to get home.”
The Panthers host district rival Franklin County at 7:30 PM Friday.
INDIANS ROUT JAGUARS
The East Gadsden Jaguars football team was ripped 60-0 in Friday's non-league challenge with the host Choctawhatchee Indians.
With the win, Choctawhatchee improves its record to 5-2 on the season.
With the loss, East Gadsden moves to 3-4 on the season. The Jaguars travel to Florida High to confront the Seminoles in a 4A
District 1 outing on Friday. The Seminoles go into the outing with a record of 4-2. Florida High won 28-24 in their recent non-league outing against North Florida Christian.