Kendall Owens gallops past Warhorses
The Northern Kentucky River Monsters (2-1) defeated a Bluegrass Warhorses (0-3) team desperate for a win, 32-23 on Sunday at the Bank of Kentucky Center.
#7 Kendall Owens, RB, ran for a season high 92 yards on 30 attempts and two touchdowns. "I was just focused on following my blockers," Owens said. "They did a great job blocking and all I had to do was run through the holes."
In the previous two games, the River Monsters rushed for a total of 99 yards as a team. Owens was seven yards short of the River Monsters total on the season by himself in just one game, most of that coming in the second half. After struggling moving the ball in the first half down 13-12, the coaching staff made adjustment to a run heavy offense, the Warhorses never adjusted and the ground and pound game was on. Eating the game clock, and the defense making key stops thought out the game, the key to winning the game wasn't your ordinary indoor strategy. "I have never had an indoor game where my running back had 30 carriers and 92 yards. He played great."Head Coach, Brian Schmidt said after the game.
Overall the defense kept the warhorses from the endzone. 4 out 5 red zone stops with the only offensive score by the warhorses on the night came from a drive starting on the Monster's 3 yard line off an intercept return.
# 4 T.J. Harris, DB anchored the River Monsters defense with two interceptions. Harris picked off Warhorses' quarterback, David Body, on their first and last drives of the game, helping seal the deal for the River Monsters. #1 David James, LB also picked off Boyd in the third quarter and returned it for a touchdown. "In six years of being a professional coach in this indoor league, it was the best defensive performance I have ever been a part of," Schmidt said.
Harris picked off Boyd with a little more than a minute left to go in the game. Boyd was looking to go deep to keep the Warhorses in the game, but Harris had a different idea. The interception was caught on the River Monster's own 4 yard line.
River Monsters' ground and pound offensive did not stop in the final minute, even when they were backed up near their own end zone. #2 Kyle James, QB scrambled for a 25 yard gain, sealing the deal for the River Monsters.
The River Monsters have a bye next week but return to the field to take on the Marion Blue Racers on Sunday, March 2, at Marion. They will return to the Bank of Kentucky Center on Saturday, March 15, to take on the Dayton Sharks.
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