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And Another Thing


Halftime: Monrovia 17, Luers 14

INDIANAPOLIS -- Well. I guess when a certain TV reporter from Fort Wayne predicted "pain" in the Class 2A state championship football game, he was only wrong about who would do the inflicting.

So far, that's Monrovia.

So far, the Bulldogs have been quicker, more dominant up front, and more poised everywhere. If their game plan was to control the clock with their ground game, it's working; Monrovia's three scoring drives have used 12, 11 and 10 plays and consumed 5:09, 5:22 and 4:42, respectively. The Bulldogs have thrown just two passes.

Kenny Mullens' 2-yard score with 17 seconds to play in the half gave the Knights a measure of momentum going into halftime. But if they don't figure out how to keep the Bulldogs' offense off the field -- and stop the second back through in particular, the option that absolutely killed Luers in the first half -- it's going to be an empty-handed ride back to Fort Wayne.

Ben Smith's blog.