McShine, Monarchs Blank Royals
By KEVIN HARRIS, Correspondent
Oct 15, 2012, 11:02
Meadowbrook quarterback Gerard Johnson, an Old Dominion University commit, threw for two touchdowns against Prince George on Friday (file photo).
RICHMOND — Meadowbrook came into Friday’s football game against Prince George as the only team in the Central District without a blemish on its district record.
That distinction was never threatened.
Meadowbrook quarterback Gerard Johnson and running back Brandon McShine put on an offensive clinic, the Monarchs’ defense limited the visiting Royals to 80 yards of total offense and the home team won 35-0.
The Monarchs took the field with sole possession of first place in the district standings and a 4-1 (2-0 district) record. In contrast, the Royals came stumbling in with a 2-3 (0-2) record and on the heels of three consecutive losses.
Meadowbrook took control early and never looked back.
The Monarchs scored their first touchdown 4:23 into the game on a 71-yard run by Isaiah Adebiyi. Four minutes later, Johnson made it 14-0 when he completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to McShine.
In the second quarter, Johnson extended the lead to 21-0 with another touchdown pass, this time a 48-yard completion to Terelle Whitaker. McShine broke free for a 32-yard touchdown run and Meadowbrook led 28-0.
Offensively, Prince George could never get going in the first half. Injuries to starting quarterback Kameron Smith and his replacement Montae Bradshaw hindered the unit.
The second half was no different for the Royals. The game went to a running clock as Meadowbrook scored on an eight-yard touchdown run by McShine to make it 35-0.
McShine was in the spotlight all night, both on and off the field. During the game, he ran the ball nine times for 76 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 50 yards and a score.
Off the field, he was selected by his classmates as the homecoming king.
“It was a big night for me,” McShine said. “Hopefully I can keep having nights like this and helping my team.”
Meadowbrook was able to move the ball with relative ease. On just 29 offensive plays, the Monarchs picked up 311 yards of total offense – 213 yards on the ground and 98 through the air.
But, despite the lop-sided scoreline, the performance was far from flawless for the home team. The Monarchs were plagued by untimely penalties that cost them big plays and opportunities to score. They finished the night with nine penalties for 44 yards.
The Royals kept the ball for the majority of the game, but failed to counter the Monarchs’ quick-strike style. The win further solidifies Meadowbrook’s standing as the district frontrunner, but McShine said the team will continue to take it one game at a time.
“We are just going to take it one game at a time, all we are worried about is Petersburg,” McShine said.
Prince George will return home on Friday to face Thomas Dale.