MOUNT VERNON — Monroe scored on a Mckinley Braa 8-yard touchdown run in overtime and the Bearcats held on as Mount Vernon missed an extra point on their possession in the extra period to win the Wesco 4A North showdown 25-24.
The win gives Monroe the No. 2 seed out of the 4A North and a showdown with Cascade for the Wesco 4A No. 3 seed in the quad-district playoffs. The loss knocked Mount Vernon out of the playoffs and gave Lake Stevens the league title and Arlington the No. 3 seed.
It looked all but over for Monroe a few times late in the game. Mount Vernon tied the score at 18 on Brandon Hayman’s 67-yard touchdown run and Tristan Brock’s two-point conversion and then drove back down to the Monroe 14-yard line with 20 seconds to play. But a missed field sent the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Monroe faced a fourth-and-13 on its first possession, but quarterback Andrew Zimmerman calmly hit Robbie Schab with a 14-yard pass to convert the first down and set up Braa’s scoring run on the next play.
“I was proud of our kids; they played hard all night,” said Monroe head coach Dick Abrams. “It was a great high school game.
“Andrew made a number of huge throws.”
Mount Vernon scored a touchdown on the first play of its possession — a 25-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tristan Brock — but the extra point sailed wide left and the Monroe celebration was on.
“You know you watch your quarterback stiff arm a couple of guys and go 25 yards and you figure he can’t be tackled and maybe you think you go for two there,” Mount Vernon head coach Jay Silver said. “But I guess you always think that in hindsight.”
At Mount Vernon H.S.
M—Tanner Ohlsen 30 FG
M—Ohlsen 33 FG
MV—Robert Monroe 8 pass from Tristan Brock (Tommy Park kick)
M—Hunter Bingham 6 pass from Andrew Zimmerman (pass failed)
MV—Park 28 FG
M—Gabe Moore 3 run (kick missed)
MV—Brandon Hayman 67 run (Brock run)
M—Mckinley Braa 8 run (Ohlsen kick)
MV—Brock 25 run (kick missed)
Records—Monroe 3-1 league, 4-4 overall. Mount Vernon 2-2, 5-3.