Albemarle’s defense stiffened and stopped Monticello on four straight plays to force a turnover on downs. Three plays later, Ebenezer McCarthy found some daylight and rumbled 65 yards down the sidelines to give the Patriots a 25-15 lead with 2:04 left.
The Mustangs tried to answer on the ensuing possession, but Schantz picked off Fields and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown to seal the 32-15 win for Albemarle.
“Their offense got off to a hot start, all credit to their offense, but we shut them down in the second half,” Schantz said. “Caleb [Burtram] did a heck of a job getting pressure on Malachi and I just executed.”
King finished 15-of-24 passing for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Patriots. Humes tallied five receptions for 101 yards and two touchdown, while William Thomas Townsend hauled in eight passes for 78 yards and a score.
On the ground, McCarthy ran for a game-high 158 yards and a touchdown.
For Isaiah, Saturday’s game had special meaning. He got to coach against Hicks, who coached alongside him at Monticello.
“It’s so many blessings for me to be out here and us to be able to play this game,” Isaiah said. “Me and Matt came up in the coaching profession together. He’s like a brother, it’s always great to compete against guys you care about. This Monticello program helped make me the person I am.”