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MONARCHS SHOW WHO’S THE LEADER OF THE PACK BEHIND GARDNERS 5 TDS

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

MONTE VISTA 37, SANTANA 10

SPRING VALLEY (10-18-19) – In what was supposed to be the showdown for the league crown turned into a one-sided affair as the host Monte Vista Monarchs rolled the visiting Santana Sultans on Friday night.

Early on after stopping the Monarchs on their first drive the Sultans were able to take advantage as Nathan Temple was able to drive them down the field to the tune of a 6-play, 52-yard drive. He would eventually punch it in from 2 yards out to make it 7-0.

With 4:18 remaining in the first quarter the Monarchs got the ball back and monotonously ran right through the Sultans defense until with 25 seconds remaining when Isiah Gardner bowled his way into the end zone from a couple of yards out to the tie the game at 7-7.

They would do what other teams tried to do against the Sultans and that was trying to keep their high powered offense off of the field. Monte Vista was able to accomplish this feat by keeping the ball for nine of the twelve minutes in the second quarter.

They would eventually extend their lead to 17-7 when Anthony Limon booted a 31-yard field goal.

Santana in the third quarter would only manage a field goal that occurred after Nathan Temple threw an interception that was run deep into Sultans territory. After the pick by the Monarchs, the defense of the Sultans came up big and forced a field goal attempt which was blocked.

After blocking the field goal the Sultans picked up the ball and ran it back deep into Monte Vista territory. Back in business and looking to cut into the lead the Sultans only managed to get into field goal range where Nathan Hughes would boot one through the uprights from 24-yards out to make it 17-10.

Eventually, in the fourth quarter, the Monarchs would put the game away with more of their control and the running of Gardner who would score three times in the final quarter.

Gardner on the night would rush for 157 yards on 32 carries and score 5 touchdowns.

With the loss the Sultans suffer their first defeat of the season and fall to 8-1, 2-1 while Monarchs even their record 4-4 and improve to 2-0 in league play.

Next week the Sultans have the bye week while the Monarchs finish their regular season on the road at El Cajon Valley and the following week at West Hills in a potential league clinching clash.

Monte Vista also with the victory clinches at least a share of the Grossmont Valley League title and can win it outright if they beat West Hills in a couple of weeks in Santee to end the regular season.

Santana, on the other hand, will need help from either El Cajon Valley or West Hills in which case if the Wolf Pack win than there will be a tri-champion.

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