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By Adam Paul

ANAHEIM – The magical season of the Monte Vista Monarchs (8-6) reached its climax on Saturday night in a most devastating way.

Leading by a score of 35-7 in the third quarter the Monarchs looked like the juggernauts of the previous weekend in winning the CIF Division IV Championship the previous weekend. However the craziest thing happened.

Before the craziness the Katella Knights (14-1) took an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Nathan Arrington on the first drive scored on a 12 yard run. Katella drove the ball down on 10 plays and 68 yards for the first score.


However that didn’t deter the Monarchs who had big Jahmon McClendon who had previously ran for almost 400 yards and 8 touchdowns the weekend before. 

Monte Vista was able to move the ball and with about 5 minutes remaining in the quarter was able to punch it in on a you guessed McClendon touchdown to make it 7-7.  

On the very next possession for the Knights the Monarch defense stepped its game up. The Knights went back to pass and on the throw, McClendon on the pass picked it off and was off to the races to house for the 91 yard score to make it 14-7.

The defense for the Monarchs came up big again as they were able to force a Katella punt on their next possession. Back in business the Monarchs drove the ball down into Katella territory and finished the drive off with a McClendon 2-yard plunge into the end zone to make it 21-7 with about five minutes remaining till intermission.

Katella on the very next possession committed another error as the defense for the Monarchs once again came up big as McClendon forced a fumble which was picked up by Torrey Mack who was able to rumble his way to the 25 yard line.

It didn’t take long for the Monarchs to take advantage of the turnover when a couple plays in McClendon broke his way through the line and to the house for the 21 yard score to make it 28-7.

Once again the Monarchs defense came up with another turnover. This time E.J. Henderson with about :40 left in the half made an interception.

It all seemed to be going the Monarchs way as they led 28-7 at the break and would be receiving the second half kickoff.

Things really started off with a bang in the second half as Elshaddai Levi got in on the action on the second play of the half as he ran his way for a 60 yard score to make it 35-7.

Now this is when the craziness started to occur and everything went downhill for the Monarchs.

Despite giving up a couple of touchdowns for Katella in each of the final two quarters the Monarchs were still in business in the fourth quarter.

However facing a 4th and 11 with 3:15 left in the game the Monarchs went for it and unfortunately were not successful which gave the ball back to the Knights.

Now with the ball at the Monte Vista 32 yard line the Knights took it from there and made things happen.

The Knights had a really big 57 yard catch and run after contact from Isaac Anderson who zipped his way down to the 5 yard line. Katella would put the finishing touches on the drive as Andrew Pisani found the house on a 1 yard plunge.

The score was now 35-34 still in favor of Monte Vista. The Knights had a decision to make whether to kick the PAT or go for the two point conversion and the go ahead score.

Katella decided to lineup for the two point conversion and handed the ball off to Pisani who converted the two point conversion to give the Knights the lead 36-35 for the first time since the first score of the game. 

Still the Monarchs had an opportunity to do something with about 1:53 remaining in the game. They also still had one timeout remaining.

Monte Vista decided to pass the ball and unfortunately on four straight plays were unsuccessful. The final pass play was intercepted by the Knights which put the game away.

For the evening for the Monarchs, McClendon finished with 139 yards on the ground and 3 TDs. He had 4 TDs on the night which included the pick six.


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