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Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 3:48 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

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Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

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Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

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3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

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Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

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Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

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HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

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Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

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KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

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Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

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The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

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New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

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Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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Monarchs run past Ellinwood

Published on -9/1/2012, 12:19 PM

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By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

First-year head coach John Montgomery wanted a more balanced offense this season for the Thomas More Prep-Marian football team.

Will 399 yards rushing and three TD passes work for you, coach?

The Monarchs overcame 11 penalties and more big plays surrendered by the defense to claim a 36-20 MCAA win against Ellinwood in Friday night's season opener at Lewis Field Stadium.

Senior running back Luke Brull rushed for a career-high 203 yards on 15 carries, and sophomore running back Nick Schmidt added a career-high 144 yards on 21 carries, and scored two TDs.

"We knew going in, if we executed our offense, that our running backs would have an opportunity to do some special things tonight," Montgomery said. "We got a nice dual threat in Luke Brull and Nick Schmidt. They both run hard, and they both have that hunger to carry the ball."

Senior Shane Zimmerman, in his first start at quarterback after starting the last two seasons at receiver, completed 7-of-14 passes for 87 yards and threw for three touchdowns.

"First game as a quarterback, I think he did a nice job," Montgomery said.

The game started, however, with the TMP defense allowing another big-play score, something which has been a problem area for several years now. Ellinwood senior running back Patrick Ringering ran around left end 84 yards for a TD on the game's second play from scrimmage. Ringering, who rushed for 180 yards, later in the game scored on another big play, from 38 yards out.

"They came out a little bit different formation than what we practiced for, kind of caught us a little off-guard," Montgomery said. "Second play, really showcased a weakness in the defensive front we were using.

"When you have talented running backs like Ringering, you just never know when he might pop one."

Montgomery, TMP's defensive coordinator the last two years when Jon Borer was head coach, took over head coaching duties this season after Borer moved back home to Nebraska to coach there. Montgomery thought his personnel better suited a balanced attack than Borer's pass-happy spread offense. It showed on the Monarchs' first offensive series.

The Monarchs ran the ball seven straight plays, going 57 yards to the Ellinwood 7, where on second down Zimmerman threw a jump ball into the end zone, and 6-foot-2 junior wide receiver Ryan Mayorga leaped and came down with the ball for the TD to tie the game at 6-6 with 7:26left in the first quarter.

"The goal of that was to just throw it up and beat the corner, with the height," Zimmerman said.

TMP made it 14-6 with 2:29 left in the first, when Zimmerman hit Mayorga in the corner of the end zone for a 29-yard connection. Mayorga streaked down the left sideline and used his height once again to come down with the ball.

After a scoreless second quarter, TMP led 14-6 at halftime. The Monarchs took the ball to start the second half, and scored on their first possession, going 72 yards in nine plays, including a 30-yard burst by Brull on the drive's first play. At the Eagle 10, Zimmerman rolled right and found senior tight end Anthony Walters in the end zone, who made a diving catch for the score.

"I thought he made good decisions," Montgomery said of Zimmerman. "I really thought he kept the offense together as he was trying to move them down the field."

TMP scored again with 5:04 left in the third, with Schmidt getting in from a yard out. Brull rambled 52 yards on the first play of the series to set up the score.

"They did great; they carried the ball hard, ran hard, ran people over, and kept their feet moving," Zimmerman said of Brull and Schmidt.

Zimmerman also gave credit to the offensive line.

"They did a tremendous job today," he said. "Big holes, tons of running room."

TMP allowed some running room on the ensuing kickoff after Schmidt's score. Ellinwood senior Cody Isern found a seam and returned the kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to get the Eagles within 28-12 with 4:50 left in the third quarter.

After Zimmerman fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback on TMP's next possession -- one of three lost fumbles for the Monarchs -- Ellinwood scored again, this time on Ringering's 38-yard run around right end on the fourth play of the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion made it a one-score game, at 28-20.

TMP got some breathing room on the very next series, marching 56 yards in seven plays. Schmidt's 34-yard scamper set up his score two plays later, a 3-yard run off-tackle with 7:11 left in the game.

"It's really great to see (Schmidt and Brull) have success, and I think a lot of that can be attributed to the offensive line," Montgomery said. "The offensive line worked their tail off this evening, opening up holes. As a running back, you can't ask for anything more than that."

The win was Montgomery's first as a head coach. Up next is another home game, against Clay Center on Friday.

"It's very exciting, but I'm more excited for the kids, because of all the hard work, and the commitment they made over the summer, to see it all pay off," Montgomery said. "My excitement is for them; they deserved it, they earned it."

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