In the first quarter, Monte Vistas Jahmon McClendon dashed through the field with a 45-yard touchdown run, giving the Monarchs the lead, 7-0.
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4:16 left in the first quarter, McClendon does it again. Jahmon manages to break through the Spartans defense with an impressive 75-yard touchdown run.
Chula Vista manages to drive the ball down the field to the 30-yard line, but couldnt come up with a first down. They try to go for it on the fourth down, but couldnt get past the Monarchs defense.
Then came an important play that set up an even bigger play. Monte Vista quarterback Kenny Stevens faked a handoff and darted down the field for 36-yards.
Monte Vista now found themselves at the 4-yard line, where McClendon would take it in for a touchdown run, making it 21-0, Monarchs.
The Spartans responded. with a noteworthy 18-yard touchdown pass from Moses Contreras to Dylan Sallee. The extra point would later be blocked, making the score 21-6.
In the end, the Monarchs managed to hold their lead finishing with a 28-6 win. The Spartans put up an impressive game, considering how forceful the Monarchs offense is.
The Monte Vista Monarchs (4-1) will be on the road in Week 7 as they face the Chula Vista Spartans (2-4) on Friday night.
The Monarchs have only lost one game this season. In Week 4 they had an upset loss, 22-21 against the Christian Patriots.
The Monarchs’ senior running back Jahmon McClendon should be on your watch list this week. McClendon received heavy interest from colleges, but in the end, he decided on UCLA. With the ball in McClendons hands, no telling where he could take the Monarchs offense this Friday night.
Spartans senior Angel Jimenez is a wide receiver and cornerback who has experience on both sides of the ball. Jimenez has managed to rack up a total of three touchdowns this season. Will another touchdown be added to his list this Friday?
Last year, these two teams found themselves playing each other in the quarterfinals of the Division 4 playoffs. The final score was 29-28, Monte Vista.
Monte Vista running back Tyler Perry finds a hole in California High Schools defense during a game at California High in San Ramon on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
Monte Vista quarterback Jack Stewardson celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half against California High School in San Ramon on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
California High School running back Caden Jarvis struggles to keep his balance during a game against Monte Vista at California High in San Ramon on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
California High School quarterback Matt McCreary raches for the ball after a bungled snap against Monte Vista at California High on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
Monte Vista running back Gavin Cribb cuts backfield in a game against California High School at California High in San Ramon on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
Monte Vista quarterback Jack Stewardson throws a pass in early action against California High School at California High in San Ramon on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley
California High defensive lineman Beni Hingano is taken to an ambulance by paramedics with a leg injury during a game against Monte Vista at California High on Friday Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Doug Oakley)
That certainly was the case Friday night at California, which lost a pair of fumbles that visiting Monte Vista turned into touchdowns to prevail 23-13 in an East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division opener for both teams.
Being able to take advantage of mistakes is a staple of good football, Monte Vista coach Matt Russi said. We dont always do it, but we were able to do it tonight.
It wasnt a flawless performance for the Mustangs (5-1, 1-0 EBAL), who couldnt execute on a 22-yard field goal try with 9:57 left in the fourth quarter. A bad snap became a 10-yard loss and a turnover on downs.
But three plays later, Monte Vista senior David Hayward — all 6-foot-4, 235 pounds of him — recovered a fumble inside a pile up.
On the next snap, quarterback Jack Stewardson hurled a 34-yard touchdown off a play-action fake to a streaking Matt Prochaska with 8:43 remaining.
We ran it earlier in the game and it didnt work out as planned, so we came back to it and it worked, said Stewardson, who saw the secondary collapse into the middle of the field as his wide receiver came free off a wheel route. Weve been practicing all week.
Its the type of play the coaching staff draws up with the hope the players can execute on game day.
Weve been harping on playing mistake-free football and really dialing in on those minute, little details and just keep improving, Russi said. And you could see it today.
Stewardson finished 10 of 15 for 124 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also used his legs at opportune times for TD runs of 4 and 1 yards, but most of the tough sledding between the tackles was split between junior Tyler Perry (15 carries, 69 yards) and sophomore Gavin Cribb (26 carries, 136 yards).
The way we ran the ball today was awesome, Russi said. Weve got a quarterback that can sling it, but we didnt need to.
We deserve to lose playing the way we did, Cal coach Eric Billeci said. Monte Vista took it to us all night. They were more physical and they were just a better team tonight than we were.
Monte Vista opened the game with a 16-play, 78-yard drive that ate up nearly 7 minutes off the clock and ended with a 4-yard keeper by Stewardson to go up 7-0.
The touchdown, though, wasnt as tough a blow for Cal as the right-leg injury to sophomore defensive lineman Beni Hingano.
Play halted for roughly 20 minutes, as an aircast was placed around his leg and Hingano was carted off to an ambulance on the track.
Its not a good way to start the game, obviously, but we did battle back for him, said Billeci, who didnt have an immediate update on the injury after the game.
The Grizzlies shook off the injury and drove 78 yards of their own on eight plays to tie the game on 3-yard jet sweep by Jahmal Cornwell with 1:04 left in the first quarter.
Monte Vista regained the lead midway through the second quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Matthew Hoffman.
After the ensuing kickoff, inside linebacker Mikie Roy pounced on a fumble on the third play from scrimmage.
Throughout the game Monte Vista was more physical than we were and we just didnt execute well enough at all, Billeci said.
It took the Mustangs five plays to find the end zone again, with a 15-yard completion to Cribb leaving the ball next to the goal line for Stewardsons second rushing TD.
We have the big-play ability and they tried to take that away from us, Russi said. So our answer to that was lets just execute the small things, keep moving the ball, keep getting positive gains.
Its huge, Stewardson said of the road victory. I think its one of the toughest opponents well play in league and well keep moving forward from here on out. On to the next.
Cal closed to within 16-13 with 3:04 left in the third quarter after Belal Alatasi ripped off consecutive runs of 5, 44, 11 and 4 yards.
We dont have too much time to sulk, Billeci said. We have to get ready for Foothill. Theyre going to give us a good challenge, were playing over there and thats what were going to be focusing on after we watch film tomorrow morning.