After a loss of yardage, Monty started to blitz. A sack coughed up the ball and Monty was in business, again.
Jared Finley rushed the QB and smothered a pass attempt, knocking it to the ground. Monty came up with a big 4th play and got to the Ram 28.
They faced a 4th and 10 at the Rams 25 and converted again to the Ram 4. They ran it in on the next play for a 20-0 lead with 7:42 in the 2nd.
After the kickoff, Shelby moved the ball again for the third time out of four possessions.
Tyler Hendryx picked up a 1st down with an 18 yard end around. Duckett had to scramble and was hit out of bounds for a 15 yard penalty. A personal foul away from the play added another 15 yards and the Rams were back at the Monty 21.
A pass to McConnell across the middle picked up a 1st down at the Sage 12. Hendryx threw a halfback pass to McConnell in the end zone, but he couldn't put it away for the score.
The Rams were sacked again and faced 4th and 25. The Monty pressure stopped Shelby and Monty took over on downs with another Ram red zone melt down.
Finley had a defensive sack, but Monty still converted a 3rd and 12 for a 1st. They ran for 23 yards on the next play to the Shelby 33.
Even after a chop block penalty backed Monty up to the 43, another big play hurt Shelby, a 43 yard TD pass. With 1:00 left in the half, Monty was up 26-0.
Shelby had a minute to try to get on the board before the half. A pass yo Fox picked up 1st down at the Shelby 37. A pass across the middle was then picked off and returned 29 yards to the Ram 21 with 30 seconds in the half.