EC Preps



By Adam Paul



In what was supposed to be one of the more anticipated games of the evening out in Spring Valley between the University Centurions and the Monte Vista Monarchs as many people considered a Clash of Titans, the contest became a one-sided affair pretty quickly.

Prior to tonight, the two teams had met in the CIF Division IV Semi-Finals where the Monarchs won 30-20 so there was a small revenge factor in the air for the Centurions. Unfortunately, that never materialized.

In front of a packed house in Spring Valley and an electric atmosphere, it didn’t take long for the Monarchs to get on the board and bring the crowd to their feet. The Monarchs would take a 7-0 lead when Jahmon McClendon punched it in for a 1-yard score. Later in the first quarter, McClendon once again bulldozed into the end zone, this time rumbling for 14-yards to make it 14-0.

Being down by two scores had to be of some shock for the Centurions who scored 41 points in their season opener and boasted one of the Counties best aerial offenses. So with that in mind the Centurions went to business and actually was able to move the ball and finally put points on the board when Gunner Gray found Tariq Jefferson, the Centurions went for two which was good to now only trail 14-8.

This didn’t faze the Monarchs as they repeated the same formula that brought them their Division IV CIF Championship. That formula consisted of a heavy dose of McClendon who behind his offensive line plow the Centurions for a 30-yard score to extend their lead 21-8 after the first period.

Monte Vista to start the second quarter was able to procure an onside kick recovery by Carlos Robershaw. However, they would be faced with a fourth down but the mastery of bait took place as Kenny Stevens was able to draw the Centurions offsides.

So with the ball and in good field position, the Monarchs went back to business on the offensive side of the ball. Having already scored three touchdowns, McClendon wanted more and more he got when he would score again, this time from 10-yards out. It wasn’t just the offense that was clicking on all cylinders for the Monarchs, the defense was doing all they could to make sure the high flying Centurion offense was jolted as Blake Schmidt and company rattled Gray with constant pressure.

With everything going their way the Monarchs were able to build a 28-8 lead at intermission.

As both teams came out of the locker room, University City had thoughts of getting back into the game. Unfortunately, those were dashed when Gray fumbled near his end zone in which Monte Vista would recover and score on a McClendon run to lead 35-8.

The Centurions regrouped and went back on offense and marched down the field and were able to punch another score in as Gray was able to hook up with an open Tariq Jefferson for the 20-yard score to make it 35-14.

Monte Vista would receive the kickoff and start their offensive possession at their own 30-yard line. What happened next was the workings of a machine in McClendon taking the handoff and zipping his way through his blockers breaking a tackle and zooming his way for the 70-yard score for his 6th score of the evening.

Things got a little interesting as University answered with another score as E’lonie Rico pushed his way into the end zone from five yards out. Not to be outdone by McClendon, his running mate Terell Kyle got in on the scoring act as he punched one in to make it 48-20.

On the night for the Monarchs, McClendon bowled over the Centurions for 273 yards on 27 carries and the 6 scores. His touchdown runs were of the 1, 8, 34, 4, 12, and 70-yard variety.

With the convincing win, the Monarchs definitely made a big statement despite it being early in the season as this victory will carry weight for the Division III playoffs where these two teams have the possibility of meeting up again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *