LONGVIEW — The Mark Morris Monarchs controlled the football in the second half and, finally, controlled the stubborn Capital Cougars, 13-10, in a Class 2A District IV crossover football game at Longview Memorial Stadium.
In the first half, the Cougars controlled the time of possession in the first half, and Capital took a 10-0 lead into halftime. In the second half, the field tilted the Monarchs’ way, launched by a nine-minute, 17-play scoring drive with the second-half kickoff.
“We were a different team out there in the second half,” Mark Morris coach Shawn Perkins said.
The Monarchs (9-1), the Greater Saint Helens League 2A champions are the top District 4 seed and will host Lindbergh, who defeated Olympic 20-0, next week.
Capital finished its season at 4-6.
“Really, for a 4-and-5 team to come in here and play the way we did was impressive,” said Cougars coach John Johnson, whose team ran for 242 yards and had the edge in total yards, 253 to 206.
After a scoreless first quarter, Capital put together a six-play scoring drive early in the second, which was kept alive by a punt-formation carry for a first down by offensive lineman Riley Haub-McElreath. The Cougars then scored on junior Jacob Johnson’s 73-yard run.
Capital managed the clock just before halftime to get in position for Van Soderberg’s 32-yard field goal as time ran out.
Mark Morris kick-started its comeback with a drive down the field to open the second half. Hayden Tapani carried it in from two yards out, and after a failed two-point conversion, the Monarchs trailed 10-6.
After the Cougars failed to capitalize in consecutive short-field situations in the fourth quarter, the Monarchs got a key 31-yard completion on third-and-long from Max Tilton to Cody Enholm and bruising runs from Tapani and Austin Smith to set up Keegan Baker’s go-ahead five-yard touchdown run.