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MONARCHS OUTLAST SPARTANS IN BONUS BALL THRILLER

EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL REPORT CIF DIVISION IV QUARTERFINALS

By Adam Paul

Spring Valley – Keeping the theme of the night alive both the No. 5 Chula Vista Spartans and the home team No. 4 Monte Vista Monarchs didn’t disappoint in the thrill department.

The Monarchs who came into the contest having not played for a couple of weeks as they received the first round bye got things started first as they would march down the field and score to take an early 7-0 lead thanks to a McClendon 76 yard score on the first play of scrimmage. However the Spartans were up to the task in matching as they were able to knot the score 7-7 thanks to a touchdown by Darrion Hamilton.

However the Monarchs behind big Jahmon McClendon who on the night ran through the Spartan defense for 183 yards and a couple of scores responded as he would help Monte Vista motor down the field where he would eventually score to make it 14-7 to end the quarter. Trailing by a score in the second quarter the Spartans answered thanks to a Kajahan Duncan 5-yard scamper to tie it at 14-14.

Chula Vista in the third quarter would actually take the lead thanks to a Duncan 50 yard run that would set up a 11 yard score and with the two point conversion would lead 22-14. Both teams would match each other from that point.

Monte Vista not wanting to see their season end on their home turf and also a round before the semi-finals would in the fourth quarter steal a score with just under a minute left on a Stevenson score and would tie the score 22-22 with the 2-point conversion.

The game would go into bonus play and Monte Vista would get first crack in the overtime period. The Monarchs would march down the field and hand the ball off to Elshaddai Levi who would find his way into the end zone for a 15 yard score to make it 29-22. Chula Vista was now given an opportunity to match which would keep things going or score and go for two and the win on the road.

The Spartans wouldn’t disappoint their fans as they were able to move the ball down the field and into Monarchs territory where they would eventually score a touchdown thanks to Duncan from 11-yards out to pull within 29-28. Now there was a choice to be made. The odds were to either take the easy choice and kick or go for the conventional road choice which was roll the dice. Chula Vista decided to roll the dice and go for the victory and unfortunately the handoff to Duncan would be thwarted as he slipped and the Monarchs tackled him and thus squelched the attempt and pulled out the victory.

With the victory the Monarchs for the second year in a row will be playing in the semi-finals but this year will be on the road at No. 1 seeded University City. Last season the Monarchs hosted the semi-finals but lost a thriller to Santana with under a minute in the game 35-32.

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