Montgomery's monster night paces Goldsboro's win
By Ryan Hanchett
Published in Sports on October 2, 2010 11:47 PM
Goldsboro needed a win.
Andre Montgomery and his mates on the offensive side of the ball made sure the Cougars got one.
The home team dominated throughout and blasted visiting East Carteret 40-0 on Friday night.
With wet weather entrenched over eastern North Carolina this week, Cougars' head coach Eric Reid was nervous about only having one day of practice. On the opening kickoff the Cougars stole the game's momentum.
Rakim Floyd grabbed the ball and raced 80 yards to the end zone.
After a three-and-out by the Mariners, Goldsboro got another boost when Montgomery raced 87 yards to pay dirt on his first carry.
"Those first two plays were huge to get our guys some confidence," said Reid. "We needed to come out and set the tone and take advantage of what was there."
On the Cougars' next possession Corteiz Sprangle capped a drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Michael Sawyer. Montgomery wrapped-up the next two Cougar possessions with touchdown runs of 56 and 50 yards respectively.
The senior tailback tallied 210 yards from the line of scrimmage on just four carries for three touchdowns. All in the first half.
"We had to get back to being ourselves and doing what we do well and tonight Andre stepped up," said Reid. "Coming off a tough loss last week, we knew that we needed to impose our style of football tonight."
The only score of the second half came when Sawyer intercepted a pass and raced 36 yards to the end zone. Both coaches found plenty of time for reserve players during the fourth quarter.
Freddie Jones complimented Montgomery's impressive night with 121 yards of his own on 12 carries. Karon Alston toted the ball six times for 34 yards.
Sprangle completed two passes for one total yard and a touchdown.
Tre Godette proved to be the Mariners (0-6 overall) go-to-guy and finished with 49 yards on 16 carries. Tyler Brewer completed nine passes for 49 yards.
Goldsboro (3-3 overall) opens Carolina 1-A Conference play on Oct. 8 when North Duplin makes a visit to the "Cougar Den." Goldsboro went a perfect 5-0 in league play in 2009.
"We have to be ready for two huge games to start league play," said Reid. "North Duplin is a solid ball team and so is Ayden-Grifton, so we have to get ourselves ready to go with a good week of practice."