MCHS alum Metcalf dominant through air in McKendree win
McKendree University senior quarterback Reece Metcalf went 18 for 22 for 260 yards and set a new career high with four touchdowns as his Bobcats won on the road Saturday against Kentucky State University 34-17, improving to 2-0 on the season.
Metcalf got all of his touchdowns in the first half, starting with 12 minutes left in the first quarter, hitting Steven Towns with a 5-yard pass. With six minutes left in the quarter he hit Zach Bobos with a 20-yard pass play. Kentucky State scored twice in the second quarter with a touchdown and field goal to cut into the Bobcats lead, reducing it to 14-10. Metcalf went back to work and with 2:38 left in the half hit Josh Renay with a 13-yard pass play for his third touchdown. With 39 seconds left before halftime and the ball on their own 25-yard line, Metcalf connected with Towns again and with some nifty running turned the play into a career-long 75-yard score. Metcalf was electric in the first half, connecting on his first 11 pass attempts to start the game, puttiing McKendree up 27-10 at the half.
Neither team could put up points in the third quarter but both teams scored touchdowns at the start of the fourth quarter, but neither team scored after that for the final of 34-17.
After two games Metcalf is 35 of 47 on pass attempts for 74.5 percent completion rate and no interceptions. He now has 518 yards and seven touchdowns. In the Kentucky State game he had 18 completions for a total of 260 yards along with two rushing attempts for a total of 19 yards.
The performance earned Metcalf his second career Offensive Player of the Week award.
The Bobcats will be at home this Saturday, Sept. 15, facing Bowie State University. They are from Bowie, Md. and enter the contest 1-1. It could become a real shoot out as BSU senior quarterback Amin Hall is 57 of 88 on pass attempts has thrown for 730 yards in their two games. In their last game he had 365 yards in the air on 27 of 41 attempts and four touchdowns. They won the game over Alderson Broaddus in Philippi, W.Va. 38-31.