2018-10-21 / Sports

Rams streak into playoffs with fifth straight win, beat Pittsford, 19-8 in finale

PITTSFORD – Montrose’s varsity football team got just what it was looking for last Friday night as it notched a quality win against a tough opponent to carry plenty of momentum into post-season play.

The long trip down to Pittsford was worth it for Montrose as the Rams came away with a solid 19-8 win against a Wildcats squad that was ranked number one in Division 8 for most of the year and came into Friday’s contest with a 7-1 record.

“Pittsford hit hard and although we had a big edge in possession time and yardage, credit them for playing tough throughout,” commented Montrose coach Dennis Reinhart. “This was a good test for us and we are pleased to come out of here with a fifth straight win. They are a quality team.”

Devante Bedford and Bobby Skinner provided most of the offense as the Rams utilized a potent rushing attack that amassed 352 yards on the ground. Skinner’s 19-yard pass to Adam Stiverson accounted for the only distance by the Rams through the air. Meanwhile, Montrose’s defense limited Pittsford to just 181 yards of total offense. Neither team committed a turnover, a remarkable statistic considering the game was played in cold, rainy conditions throughout the evening.

Neither team scored in the first half and the Rams broke a scoreless deadlock with 7:49 left in the third quarter on a one-yard run by Bedford. A bad snap ruined the PAT and Montrose led, 6-0.

Skinner scored on a one-yarder with 3:08 remaining in the third to make it 12-0. The two-point conversion failed.

Skinner scored for a second time midway through the fourth and Mattie Reich booted the PAT to give the visitors a 19-0 lead. Pittsford scored its only TD with 2:10 to go in the contest and then added two points to make the final score 19-8.

Bedford ended with 156 yards on 19 carries and Skinner finished with 153 yards on 23 attempts.

Stiverson anchored the stingy Montrose defense with eight tackles and two sacks. Jack Kalakay and Antio Harrison each had seven stops.

At 7-2, the Rams are hopeful of gaining home field advantage for the opening round of the play-offs as they await Sunday night’s postings.

“We are getting healthy, which is a key for us, and it looks like we may be playing our best football just at the right time as we head into the postseason,” concluded Coach Reinhart.

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