Then, of course, when Monticello dared approach the goal line, the team's talented defensive backs always seemed to reach up and spoil the Boll Weevils’ too-little, too-late comeback attempt.
Granted, Morrison got 241 yards, and his backup, Cody Trimble, completed three more for 85 yards for 326 yards in the air. But only one of those 64 passes went for a touchdown.
As time wore on, it almost looked as if Monticello was committing slow football suicide with the short dink and dunk passes.
The obliging Tiger defense seemed quite willing to watch the Boll Weevils bleed themselves out.
After Snell's 65-yard run was called back in the first quarter, Todd managed to get across the goal line on a 4-yard run at the 6:12 mark.
The contest then briefly turned into a baseball game, with UAM's Jamie McGee kicking a 23-yard field goal and the Boll Weevils’ Alex Black catching Snell after a Spencer Bond pitch back about five yards deep in the end zone for a safety.
That made it a 7-5 game in the bottom of the first.
Bond, who was in charge of game management in this one, got a touchdown from the 1 to complete a 5-yard drive that came after the 58-yard Black interception with 2:30 left in the first.
Monticello got three more points early in the second on a 34-yard McGee field goal. With 10:26 left in the half, Snell scored on a 9-yard run to make it a 21-8 game.
A little over two minutes later, Todd broke loose for a 27-yard touchdown.
ECU kicker David Massuere added a 38-yard field goal, and the Tigers got a safety of their own. It was suddenly 33-8, Paws.
The trainers took Bond to the dressing room to rehydrate him in the third period, but he quickly returned to the lineup after missing one series.