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Monroe Postgame After Defeating Statesville, 47-21 in First Round

By Tim Winters, 04/17/21, 9:30AM EDT

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Last night in Statesville, the Monroe Redhawks played spoiler to the  Greyhounds' playoff dreams winning in convincing fashion, 47-21. 

Monroe, the seventh seed, looked evenly matched on paper with the second seed, Statesville Greyhounds, but that all changed once the game began.

Scoring on their opening possession, a Jack Crump (5-foot-10, 195-pounds) 32-yard sprint, Monroe never took their foot off the pedal- offensively or defensively. 

Led by sophomore quarter Khomani Robinson, the Redhawks opened up a 26-14 halftime lead. The six-foot, 165-pound Robinson connected twice with Elliott Reed and once with Monroe's D1 wideout, Shaeleak Knotts Monroe's D-1 wideout, who shedded tacklers, including throwing one to the ground on his way to the endzone.

Robinson completed 13-of-17 for 220 yards. In addition to his three TD passes, Robinson rushed for one score to open up the scoring in the second half.

Reed (5-foot-8, 165-pounds) caught four passes for 101 yards, including three touchdowns. Knotts, the six-foot-two junior, aside from his scoring romp, also picked off a pass. 

Crump rushed for 152 yards and one TD. 

Monroe will be on the road next week in the second round versus number 3 seeded Kings Mountain (8-0).