It was a wild game from the start during the Waldorf College football team’s home opener on Saturday.
In the end, the Warriors (2-0) pulled away for a 68-42 win over Trinity Bible College (0-2).
“I think we overlooked these guys a little bit,” Waldorf coach Kent Anderson said. “We warned them (our players) all week. They have really improved.”
Moncrief, a senior wide receiver from Prattville, Ala. showed why he’s a playmaker. He hauled in five receptions for 156 yards and two TDs. Moncrief also visited the end zone with an 88-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
“He’s very multi-faceted,” Anderson said. “He just makes you defend him everywhere. We try to move him around as much as we can.”
Waldorf held a 40-28 lead at halftime. It looked like the Warriors were in the driver’s seat after extending their lead to 19 points in the third quarter.
Trinity Bible climbed back into the game early in the fourth quarter, cutting Waldorf’s lead to 47-42 as Alex Wattley returned a kickoff 80 yards to pay dirt.
The Warriors slammed the door on the Lions with 21 unanswered points.
Waldorf rolled up 630 yards of total offense while Trinity Bible finished with 373 yards of offense.
Davis ended the night with 129 yards receiving for the Warriors.
Quarterback Christopher Smith completed 14 of 24 passes for 208 yards and two TDs. He also scrambled for 40 yards and a TD before exiting with an injury in the third quarter.
Second-string quarterback Isaac Sanchez answered the call as the sophomore from Beaumont, Calif. went 6 of 8 passing for 54 yards and two TDs.
“Our backup quarterback came in and did a really nice job when Chris went down,” Anderson said.
Waldorf’s ground game produced 303 yards. Freshman Lavelle Maddox ran for 107 yards.
“Lavelle Maddox really stepped up and had a good game,” Anderson said.
Sophomore kicker Dustin Wilke split the uprights on a 24-yard field goal.
Cory Evans led Waldorf’s defense with 10 tackles. The sophomore from Tampa, Fla. intercepted three passes and now has five interceptions on the season.
“It shows he’s capable of making those plays,” Anderson said.
Senior Christopher Oliver recorded nine tackles, senior Toddrien Cousar and junior Paul Hall collected eight tackles each. Freshman Ty’Karius Brooks finished with seven tackles and senior Giano White contributed five tackles.
Despite coming away with the win, Anderson felt his team was exposed on offense, defense, special teams and conditioning.
“I thought the conditioning became a factor,” Anderson said. “We know we have a lot of work to do in all four phases.”
Off to a 2-0 start, it’s an exciting time for the Warriors.
“You can always be happy with a ‘W’,” Anderson said. “It wasn’t glamorous. We have a lot of work to do, but we’re really excited to be 2-0.”
Next up for Waldorf is likely the biggest challenge of the season when the Warriors face NCAA Division III’s No. 1 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (0-0) next Friday, starting at 7 p.m. at Whitewater, Wis. The Warhawks are defending national champions.
“Certainly, our sense of urgency of correcting our mistakes has to be dramatic this week,” Anderson said. “We have a short period of time to do it, but that’s what’s great about football. You can do a lot of work in short amount of time and accomplish a lot. It’s a whole different level next week.”