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The last time these two teams met was last season in the CIF Division IV playoffs in which the Monarchs won a thrilling 29-28 OT contest.

This time, however, there was no thrill as the visiting Monte Vista Monarchs (5-1) handled business early on as UCLA commit Jahmon McClendon took the handoff and zipped his way through the Chula Vista Spartans (2-5) defense for a 43-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0. During the contest, he broke the Grossmont Conference and all East County rushing record and also moved up on the list of All-Time rushing leaders in San Diego Section history.

It wouldn’t be the first time of the evening that McClendon’s number would be called as he would streak his way for a 74-yard score and also a short 5-yard touchdown.

Monte Vista would go up 14-0 as McClendon followed his blockers and zip through the hole created and streak his way all the way to house for the 74-yard score with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter to break the Spartans defense. He would later add his last touchdown of the night a few minutes into the second quarter to extend the lead 21-0.

McClendon’s long touchdown runs and yardage mark moved him past Tyler Gaffney who played at Cathedral Catholic who racked up 5,547 yards from 2006-08.

With only a little more than 86 yards next week needed against Mount Miguel he could become the All-Time leader surpassing Demetrius Summler of Cathedral Catholic who tallied 5,650 yards from 2002-05.

Despite trailing by three scores the Spartans were finally able to get on the board just before the intermission as Moses Contreras was able to find Alex Guzman.

The big number of the half was the fact that McClendon on 10 carries racked up 162 yards and 3 touchdowns. These numbers came despite an uneven natural playing field as Chula Vista is one of the last fields in the South Bay that isn’t field turf.

Both teams in the second half went back and forth until almost the end of the third quarter as Monarchs quarterback Kenny Stevens faked a handoff to McClendon and scampered all the way himself for the 35-yard score to make it 28-6.

For the Spartans, it was Alex Guzman who had the big night receiving as he hauled in 10 balls for 129 yards.

The big workhorse for the Monarchs, McClendon finished with 255 rushing yards on 18 carries and the three scores. In his last two games he has rushed for 620 yards and on the season he has now rushed for 1,362 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Going back and looking at the numbers for 2016 if what was given at 1,700 or so yards to go along with his section leading 2,492 yards last season and his 1,362 yards this season his totals yardage would tally 5,564 yards.

This mark would break both Reggie Bush’s mark at Helix of 4,925 from 2000-02 and also Lawrence Walker who had 5,112 career yards at Christian from 2004-07. He would be the eighth back to rack up over 5,000 career yards in a career.

He now has 5,420 yards in his career with many games to go and is now fourth All-Time behind Dillon Baxter who tallied 5,039 from 2006-09. He only needs 28 yards to move into second place which is currently occupied by Tyler Gaffney and only needs 231 yards to become the third all-time leading rusher. The leading rushers are Elijah Preston who ran for 7,196 yards at Saint Augustine from 2013-16 and the leader of the pack and ALL-TIME RUSHING KINGPIN Royce Freeman who ruled down in the desert at Imperial High School from 2011-14 in which he ran for 7,606 yards and 111 touchdowns.

With his big night, McClendon was able to pass both Ian Miller who ran for 4,123 yards and also Darrell Mack who rushed for 4,083 from 2003-04. He also has a chance to move into State placement if the Monarchs make a playoff push as they did last season.

Next week the Monarchs will travel the short distance to take on backyard rival the Mount Miguel Matadors in the annual Battle of Spring Valley.

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