By Mike Williamson – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saline football team made it five straight SEC Red titles and 28 straight conference wins after a 28-6 win over Monroe Friday night.
The Hornets used a bend but don’t break defense to hold Monroe at bay for most of the night.
The Trojans journeyed deep into Hornet territory multiple times, but each time was turned away by the Saline defense that came up with the big stops when needed.
Saline outgained the Trojans 301-279 and Monroe led the time of possession by a large margin (29:59-17:58), but the Hornets had the answer every time the Trojans appeared to get into the game.
Monroe took the opening kickoff and held the ball for over five minutes, but only reached midfield and were forced to punt.
Saline took over at its own 13 and drove 87 yards and scored on an eight-yard touchdown run by Brendan Munday for a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second Monroe drove to Saline 11-yard line, but the Hornets held, and Monroe missed the field goal attempt to keep it 7-0.
MJ Griffin took a handoff on the first play and sprinted 69-yards to the Monroe 11 and three plays later Joel Klomega ran it in from eight yards out, lunging the final four to the goal line to make it 14-0.
The defense forced a fumble on the next Trojan possession, but Monroe picked off a pass in Saline territory and scored on a 37-yard trick play to make it 14-6.
What was probably the play of the game came on the next series as Andrew Arbaugh lofted a pass to the goalline that Brendan Murphy when up and grabbed at the same time with a Trojan defender. Both players fell to the ground with possession and Murphy won the scrum for the ball for the 29-yard touchdown and a 21-6 halftime lead.
Monroe picked off its third pass of the game to start the second half and drove to the Hornet 11-yard line, but on fourth down Brad Wisniewski stripped the ball from the Trojan quarterback and fell on the loose ball as the defense again stoned the Trojans.
The Trojans against drove into Saline territory early in the fourth, but Monty Green intercepted a tipped ball and returned it to midfield. The Hornets drove to the Monroe 25-yard line when Arbaugh found a wide open Munday for a touchdown making it 28-6 and sealing the victory.
Arbaugh was 10-15 passing for 124 yards and two TD’s but did have three interceptions.
Murphy caught three passes for 56 yards and a score, while Munday caught two for 46 and a TD. Kolton Malinczak caught two for 18, and Griffin three for four yards.
Griffin carried three times for 72 yards, while Klomega had 10 carries for 62 yards and a score. Munday added 11 for 53 yards and a TD.
Alex Morrison had a monster game on defense with 11 solo tackles and seven assists. Wisniewski added seven solo and two assists, and Green four solo and four assists.
The Hornet improved to 7-1 overall on the season. They travel to Grand Blanc Friday night for a non-league contest.