Albert Ashcraft, who continues to favor the Clemson Tigers, showed that he is not just a great running back, but also a prime time player in this contest. With the conference championship on the line, the superstar running back twice led his team from behind in the 4th quarter. With just under 7 minutes to play in the game Monroe has a 4th down and 4 at the opponents 40-yard line. Ashcraft caught a pass out of the backfield to keep his team alive. On the next play he ran up the middle 30 yards for a touchdown.
Charlotte Catholic marched the ball down the field to retake the lead with 3 minutes to play. On the first play from scrimmage Ashcraft took the handoff and ran 74 yards for his third touchdown of the night to put his team ahead once again. Unfortunately for Ashcraft and his teammates Charlotte Catholic came back to score and win the game with less than 30 seconds to go in the game.
Senior offensive lineman Bryan Rogers, who was recently named to the North Carolina Shrine Bowl roster, played both ways as Monroe was trying to pull out all the stops to win the conference. Rogers, who continues to wait for an offer from the Tigers, had another impressive game at center.
Superstar junior Chris Brewer had another outstanding performance as he played almost the entire game at offensive tackle and defensive end. Brewer visited Death Valley for the Virginia contest with Rogers earlier this season, and he was in the valley again with Ashcraft to watch the Tigers defeat the Tarheels.
We will continue to keep you updated on all three of these outstanding prospects, right up through signing day 2004.