MONTVILLE Chatham’s game plan on Friday night was simple: give senior Justin Hayes and junior Timmy Adams the football.
The duo combined for over 200 yards of offense and three touchdowns as the Cougars topped Montville, 29-6.
Hayes carried the ball 10 times for 89 yards and scored one touchdown, and Adams — who was used primarily out of the Wildcat formation — also had 10 carries for 128 yards and two scores.
Because of the harsh weather conditions, the Cougars stuck to a ground-and-pound attack. Chatham quarterback Alex Sands had only three pass attempts in the game.
“With a game like this everyone’s game plan goes out the window,” Cougars head coach Jason Izsa said. “We like to throw the ball once in a while, but in weather conditions like this we are adaptable.”
The opening score came after Chatham pinned Montville at its own 1-yard line after a punt. The first play from scrimmage resulted in a gang of Cougars piled up in the end zone with a Montville ball carrier at the bottom, and Chatham took a 2-0 lead on the safety.
Cougars running back Timmy Adams took the ball from 19 yards out for the first touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter.
“We have the best offensive line in the league,” Hayes said. “And with the skill positions we have, nothing can really stop us.”
Montville (0-4) totaled just under 40 yards, punted three times, and allowed a safety and an interception in the first half. Its only scoring drive of the game came midway through the third quarter, when Mustangs quarterback Graham Jespersen capped off an eight-play 33-yard drive by taking it into the end zone from 11 yards out.
“The triple-option is always a tough thing,” Isza said. “(Montville head coach) Don Morgenroth does a tremendous job with those guys, and it scared me all week worrying about the triple option, but we stepped up.”
Chatham (3-1) quickly responded on the ensuing drive, when Adams scored his second touchdown of the game from 8 yards out, capping a four-play drive that included a 42-yard run from Adams, and an 8-yard run from Hayes.
Chatham running back Matt Nestler scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter when he broke free from 46 yards out.
“The line was opening up big holes,” Adams said. “All we had to do was run through them, and do everything we could.”
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