FAIRBANKS-It was senior night for the Rams and Monroe recognized their five upperclassmen. Alex Callahan, Tyler Wells, Scooter Bynum, Micheal Neville and Dylan Gavora. As far as the game against the Vosnesenka Cougars the seniors led the way.
The Cougars tried an onside kick but to no avail and gave the Rams great field position. Callahan would score on a 16 yard yard touchdown after a 40 yard catch. 7-0 Monroe.
The defense stopped the Cougars on a fourth and short and on the Rams next possession one more the more dynamic plays of the gam. Wells throws to Scotter Bynum on a quick screen, Bynum goes up the fair sideline spins off a tackler, completely reverses field and gets a big downfield block from Wells. 84 yards later-touchdown. 14-0 Rams.
They weren't done. Bynums 51 yard punt return in the second quarter went to the Voz nine yard line and set up a one yard plunge into the endzone by Gavora. 21-0 Monroe.
Monroe ran the ball on their fourth possession. Wells calls his own number staying in bounds after rolling to the left, turns upfield and dives head first into the endzone for a 31 yard touchdown. 28-0 Monroe.
Monroe's defense slowed the Cougars running game of quarterback Vraam Kalugin and running back Dennis Martishev who showed glimpses of promising drives.
The Rams would roll as Wells goes senior to senior and Nevillecatches a short pass and just bulldozes his way through two defenders from 21 yards out for a touchdown.
The five Rams seniors each scored a touchdown in the Rams first five possessions. Monroe was up 35-0 at halftime and there was one punt the entire game.
Wells finished with three touchdown passes and rushed for one. Bynum scored three times including a pick six. Sophomore Brian Meyer caught a five yard touchdown catch as well.
Monroe gets a big shutout of the Cougars on senior night 54-0. Monroe improves to 4-1 in the Greatland Conference on a short week.
"Every guy out here comes out and works hard every single day," Wells said. "I mean the whole team does so the fact that we can get so many people touchdowns is really great."
Gavora was thoughtful of the playoff seeding implications the win has on his team.
"If we get first or second seed that would mean the world to us to play our playoff game here at home, have the home field crowd on our side. That'd be great," Gavora said.
"It's a great senior class and I'd like to see them go out like that, you know, their senior night to come out with that kind of victory between themselves," head coach Bobby Pace said beaming.