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MCCLENDON AND CO. CREATE OWN FIREWORKS TO SPOIL SULTAN HOMECOMING

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

MONTE VISTA 35, SANTANA 0

SANTEE – On one of the most bizarre nights in over 20 years of being around high school football the contest between the Monarchs and Sultans was called just after halftime after waiting a few minutes after lightning struck. It would also be the first time ever in the 33 year career of Monarchs coach Ron Hamamoto that a game would be called due to lightning.

A huge homecoming crowd showed up the cheer on the Sultans as they took on the Monarchs who right away showed who was boss as they moved down the field and behind Jahmon McClendon who punched it in from 8-yards out led 7-0. This was after breaking through the defense for a big 44-yard gain.

He would hit the century mark against the Sultans with about three and a half minutes left in the first quarter as the Monarchs just kept feeding him the rock.

In fact, McClendon with his 330 yards on the night now has 5,996 for his career and is according to records is the fourth leading rusher in CIF Section history. He only needs 699 yards to move into third place and pass Ricky Seale who ran for 6,694 yards at Escondido from 2006-09.

Monte Vista had their way with the Sultans not just on the offensive side of the ball but also the defensive side as they limited the Sultans to 52 yards on the evening.


McClendon against the Sultans was able to rumble his way for 5 touchdowns on the night which included runs of 80, 26 and 54 yards all in the second quarter.

Just before the half, the skies opened up a little and all of sudden it started pouring but the halftime homecoming festivities took place despite the deluge of the pouring rain. Afterwards, it wasn’t until the lightning strikes came about that the contest was finally called.

For the Monarchs, McClendon in one half of play was able to run up and down the field and finished with 320 yards and the 5 touchdowns.

“We did exactly what we planned to do all week in practice.” Said McClendon when asked about the outcome of the game.

Next week the Monarchs take on El Cajon Valley while the Santana Sultans have the bye week.

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