College Football: Record play part of RCTC victory
Third-string Rochester Community and Technical College quarterback Kevin Monkam strolled onto the field for the first time with 11:28 left in the fourth quarter on Saturday.
Just a few seconds later, Monkam departed the field in the RCTC record books. Monkam, on his first snap of the game, tossed a 98-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Tre Munson. The pass was the longest pass play in RCTC history, surpassing a 96-yard play.
The long touchdown was part of RCTC's 51-0 home win over Itasca, which moved the Yellowjackets to 2-0 on the young season.
"We just came on (the field) backed up against our own end zone," said Monkam, a freshman from Brooklyn Park. "We were trying to score. We got good blocking and got lucky."
Monkam lofted a deep pass to the speedy Munson down the right sideline. The 5-foot-9 receiver beat the cornerback cleanly, made the catch and then outraced the defender to the end zone.
"It was play action," Munson said. "I came out and pretended I was going to block. And once he (the cornerback) stopped moving, he was beat."
And Monkam, facing just a modest rush, flipped a perfect deep pass.
"He came in with the pressure on him and delivered," RCTC coach Derrick Hintz said.
The touchdown was the first of Munson's two-year career.
"It felt really good to get the monkey off my back and to get my first TD," Munson said.
The receiver was also thrilled to set an RCTC record.
"It was great, but it was even better to get the win," Munson said.
It didn't take Munson long to catch his second touchdown pass. About six minutes later Monkam and Munson teamed up for an 11-yard scoring pass, RCTC's last TD of the game.
"With all the receivers we have a great relationship," Monkam said. "Our offense is built off reads and he was open both times."
RCTC quarterbacks and receivers were on the same page all game. Three quarterbacks combined to go 31-for-47 for 483 yards and six touchdowns. Fifteen different receivers caught a pass for the second straight game, led by Munson, a backup, who had four grabs for 116 yards and the two touchdowns.