Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs junior Dylen Templeton carries the football during a contest earlier this season.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs junior Dylen Templeton carries the football during a contest earlier this season.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- The Red Boiling Springs High football squad had a tough task in front of it on Friday night as they hosted region opponent Monterey.

Bulldog head coach Matt Swoner said before the game that, "Monterey was physical up front and had good athletes that play on both sides of the ball."

As it turned out the Wildcats were too much for the Bulldogs as they scored 33 unanswered points en route to a 47-6 victory.

"We got beat up pretty bad on both the offensive and defensive lines," Swoner said. "They pushed us around."

Monterey -- which finished 5-6 last season, placing third in Region 4-1A to earn a playoff berth for the sixth time in seven seasons -- took the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown putting the Bulldogs in a hole early on 7-0.

The Bulldogs were unable to respond on their opening offensive possession and went three and out.

The Wildcats marched down the field on the following possession and scored on what would turn out to be a seven-play, 60-yard drive, creating a 14-0 margin.

On the ensuing kickoff, RBS senior Zach Swank received the kickoff on the 1 yard line and returned it all the way for a 99 yard touchdown.

"Monterey had outkicked their coverage, and we took advantage," Swoner said.

The touchdown by Swank and ensuing failed two-point conversion created an eight-point game.

However, Monterey (3-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 4-1A) responded once again with a drive that brought the Wildcats all the way down to the Bulldog 3 yard line. On the next play, a host of Bulldogs rallied around the ballcarrier and was able to force a fumble and recover it in the end zone for a touchback.

With a little momentum and only down by one score, the Bulldogs were not able to get things clicking on offense.

Monterey forced a quick three-and-out series, and on the ensuing possession to open the second quarter, Monterey senior quarterback Jordan Key connected with senior wide receiver Kevin Borjas for a 40-yard touchdown pass and catch, extending the lead to 21- 6 early in the second quarter.

After another quick three-and-out forced by Monterey's defense, the Wildcats had the ball deep in their own territory, facing a fourth-and-2 situation with 5:30 left in the first half.

Key took the snap and had a host of Bulldogs surrounding him in the backfield but somehow was able to break free and scamper 70 yards to the end zone, making the score 28-6.

"We struggled tackling tonight," Swoner said.

Monterey added one more touchdown late in the first half, creating a 35-6 margin at the intermission.

The Wildcats added two more touchdowns in after halftime.

The Bulldogs (0-2, 0-1) were limited to 33 yards of total offense and three first downs.

"It starts up front," Swoner said. "We struggled a lot there. We have got to play more intense up front."

Red Boiling Springs travels to Gainesboro for a non-region contest against Jackson County on Friday night.

The Blue Devils opened the season with a 26-14 loss to visiting York Institute, followed by a 20-18 win at Sale Creek and then a 35-7 setback at Westmoreland last Friday.

The Bulldogs suffered a 14-0 loss at Jackson County last season.

"Jackson is a lot better this year," Swoner said.