Courtesy of the Herald-Citizen Red Boiling Springs sophomore running back Michael Mathews carries the football around the right end.

Courtesy of the Herald-Citizen

Red Boiling Springs sophomore running back Michael Mathews carries the football around the right end.

MONTEREY -- Down 39-0 heading into halftime against the Monterey High football squad, Matt Swoner knew this would be a good test for his young Red Boiling Springs football team.

For all intents and purposes, the game was over last Friday night. However, the Red Boiling Springs coach needed to know where his team stood.

Would the Bulldogs come out and fight in the second half, never giving an inch? Or would RBS fold up and call it quits?

Swoner got his answer. Even though they couldn't overcome the deficit in front of them, the Bulldogs did get on the scoreboard in a 46-6 setback.

"At halftime, we just wanted to get the kids to come out and play hard," Swoner said. "We got on them a little bit, but we wanted them to come out here and play with a little bit different attitude and a little more effort. I thought we did come out and play harder and with a little more effort. We definitely had some success moving the football."

The win moved Monterey's overall record to 5-5 on the season. The Wildcats, who have won three in a row and five of their last six, finish the year at 4-2 in Region 4-1A competition. Red Boiling closes its season at 0-9, the program's first winless season since 2008.

The Wildcats opened the scoring in the second half when Kyle Miller ran the ball over the goal line from the 2. Anthony Soberanis kicked the extra point, and Monterey, which started the drive 52 yards from the end zone, led 46-0.

Red Boiling Springs came back later in the second half to prevent the shutout.

With 8:34 to go in the fourth quarter, Red Boiling Springs got on the board when the Bulldogs capped a 65-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard scoring pass from senior Joe Rose to junior Dalton Thompson.

The ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed.

"Monterey didn't do what we expected them to do," Swoner said. "With it being a wet, messy game, we didn't expect a lot of throwing. We expected them to run the ball and pound it. Along our defensive front, from tackle to tackle, is completely different than from week 1 of the season. We had some young guys up there trying to get them some experience, and if you watch the game, you could see just how inexperienced they really are."

Monterey jumped out on top early and struck often as the Wildcats scored on every possession of the first half.

Jordan Key got things going for Monterey when he scored on a 35-yard touchdown run and then he followed that with a 32-yard scoring pass to Kevin Borjas. Rene Telon missed his extra point on the first score, and the Wildcats failed to make good on the two-point conversion after Borjas' touchdown to make it 12-0 with 3:35 to go in the first period.

The Wildcats tacked on one more score in the first period and again early in the second quarter. Key capped a scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, and Telon's kick split the uprights.

Tyler Kilby scored early in the second period, but the extra point failed and with 10:46 to go in the half, leaving the margin at 25-0.

"We've got a bunch of young guys that haven't played a whole lot, so we wanted to get them in there and get some experience," Swoner said. "That way, going into next year, they will know a little bit more about what they're doing and what we expect of them."

Key scored the final two touchdowns of the first half for Monterey. The quarterback capped a scoring drive with 7:03 to go. Telon's kick was good to make it 32-0.

Three minutes later, Key ran it over from 46 yards out for another touchdown.

"During the offseason, we will be working with them, getting them up to speed, and hopefully, we will be able to go into the season and compete a little better," Swoner said. "We're excited about next year. We like what we see. We like the effort and attitude out of these guys. They're very coachable. We may not have a lot of guys coming back next year, but we're excited about the ones we have."

The Bulldogs lose six seniors to graduation -- Rose, Wesley Bean, Spencer Harp, Hunter Kirk, Colton Eaton-Robinson and Kendall Thompson.