Monticello won the coin toss in the extra session and Monticello coach Matt Hicks decided to take the ball first. After two stops from the Western Albemarle defense to start the drive, Hicks put the ball in Fields’ hands.
Fields set up in the shotgun formation and took two steps back before finding a hole in the middle of the defense. The senior sprinted through the opening, cut back to his left and hurdled a diving defender before scampering into the end zone untouched to give Monticello its first lead of the game, 17-10.
“We knew what they were going to do if we dropped back for a pass,” said Fields, who finished with 44 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. “So we called a quarterback draw, and you see what happened — touchdown.”
Western Albemarle tried to answer on its ensuing possession, but the power running game that had worked for the Warriors in the first half stalled out because of a great push from the Monticello defensive line, forcing third and goal from the 9.
On the next play, quarterback Hudson Toll rolled to his right and hit Dakota Howell at the 2-yard line. The junior tight end tried to muscle his way into the end zone, but Fields came up from his safety position and made a big hit that dislodged the ball. Monticello recovered to secure the win.
“Once we figured out they weren’t going to run because we were stopping that, we knew it was going to be a pass,” Fields said. “We said ‘Hands on the tight end, watch the short stuff and come up and tackle him,’ and that’s what we did,”