Led by senior Isaiah Lewis on offense, the Bearcats used good field position to defeat the Cubs 36-7 on Friday night.
MONROE – Monroe coach Michael Bumpus had one order for his team.
“Buy the defense some donuts because they saved you,” he yelled to the Bearcats (No. 10 in Class 4A) in a postgame huddle. Monroe’s veteran defenders were active in the opening half to get the team scoring opportunities in a home matchup against Class 2A’s No.10 Sedro-Woolley.
Led by senior Isaiah Lewis on offense, the Bearcats used good field position to defeat the Cubs 36-7 on Friday night. And the only letdown was giving up the one score to Sedro-Woolley.
“Offense did what we could do,” Lewis said. “But the defense played their hearts out. Seven points, no, we played better than that. It was one lucky play. Shout out to Sedro-Woolley, they know how to play football.”
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Monroe started with a fumble recovery that the Bearcats eventually converted into a Lewis 1-yard touchdown run with 9:43 left in the opening quarter.
The Bearcats (2-0) followed the defensive turnover with by an interception and later collecting a safety for a 9-0 lead with 5:56 left in the first quarter.
Sedro-Woolley had trouble stopping Lewis’ 6-foot, 200-pound frame. He scored twice in the opening half and totaled 103 yards, not playing after the break.
“I took a few hits and coaches didn’t want anything to happen to me, so I got pulled out of the game,” said Lewis, who had 287 yards on 23 carries with four touchdowns in a win against Meadowdale last week. “We didn’t have a drop-off. These other running backs, those boys are nice, too.”
Monroe senior quarterback Jaedyn Prewitt found senior Efton Chism for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 left in the first quarter. Prewitt and Chism connected again with 41 seconds left in the opening half for a 1-yard touchdown pass, giving Monroe a 29-0 lead headed into halftime.
Sedro-Woolley was pressured by Monroe throughout the game. The Cubs only managed 15 yards rushing and 55 passing in the first half. The sole touchdown was a 34-yard pass with 2:35 left in the game.
Monroe opens league play against Kamiak next week.
“This wasn’t the cleanest game we’ve played, for sure,” Bumpus said. “But we battled back. We’ll learn from this and get ready for…