Spotswood puts away Monticello


Spotswood’s offense has made its presence known on this side of the mountains the last three weeks, with Monticello running into the buzzsaw this week.


The Blazers capped a three-game tour of Scrimmage Play area teams with a 44-7 win over the Mustangs, piling up 521 yards of total offense including 365 on the ground.


Monticello responded early to Spotswood’s Ethan Barnhart’s 80-yard touchdown run in the early stages of the game. The Mustangs’ Phillip Estes scored on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Malachi Fields to even the game at 7-7 with 4:34 left in the first quarter. But from there it was all Spotswood as the Blazers built a 31-7 halftime lead with an explosive finish.


Barnhart, who has already crossed the 1,000-yard mark in just four games, rushed for 273 yards and four touchdowns on 14 touches at a clip of 19.5 yards per carry. The Blazers also got a solid performance from Ryan High who went 8-for-16 for 135 yards and a touchdown.


Fields led Monticello with 69 yards through the air on 9-for-14 passing, but the ground game struggled, mustering just 10 total yards on 18 carries. Fields also caught a couple of balls as a receiver from backup Chase Hummel and gained 29 yards on those two catches. Tony Frazier’s interception was also a bright spot for the Mustangs.


Monticello will now enter Jefferson District play with a rivalry clash at home for homecoming against Western Albemarle next week to start the district slate.