CLINTON — Monrovia sophomore Trevor Ellis gave the Bulldogs a second 1,000-yard rusher on the high school football season, surpassing 200 yards on his first eight carries Friday night at South Vermillion.
The Wildcats’ offense struggled to get going in a 25-6 loss in a first-round Class 2A sectional game, compiling 159 total yards and four total first downs.
Quarterback Adam Crouch had a 48-yard for South Vermillion’s only touchdown of the night. The Wildcats finished 2-8 for the second straight season.
“We thought we found some weaknesses on them,” South Vermillion coach Chuck Sorrell said, “but [the Bulldogs] fly to the football and they tackle well. They don’t miss us, they’re a very well-coached team.”
Following his third season as coach, Sorrell talked to his team about learning to finish.
“It’s about finishing drives, finishing plays, finishing a lot of stuff,” Sorrell said. “That’s got to be our motto. We lost three or four games in the fourth quarter this year.”
Sophomore tailback Jaden Rhea got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first by following 250-pound sophomore Chase Cope into the end zone from six yards out.
That score was set up by a 53-yard run by Ellis, who busted a 63-yarder for the Bulldogs’ second score. Ellis, who finished with 212 yards on 10 carries, added a 59-yard run during the second-half to go over 200 yards on the night. Freshman fullback Garrison Lee added 81 yards on 14 carries for Monrovia.
South Vermillion's defense put the Bulldogs in tough spots with third and longs on multiple occasions, but the Wildcats couldn't finish for stops.
“We just didn’t capitalize when we needed to,” Sorrell said. The Wildcats’ defense forced three turnovers to overcome the three of its own. Crouch threw two interceptions and fumbled on third-and-long to give the Bulldogs a scoring chance with 32 seconds left before halftime. Ellis converted from three yards out to stretch a 13-6 advantage to 19-6 at the break.