Monarchs fall to Cavaliers
The Exeter Monarchs football team welcomed to town the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers as both teams continued Central Sequoia League play. The Cavaliers would pull away late in the fourth quarter to capture the win 52-31.
“When you play a good team you can’t make all those little mistakes,” said Exeter head coach Ben White about his teams play. “On a positive note we put up thirty one against them.”
The Cavaliers would strike on their second drive as Mitchel Pendergast punched into the end zone on a two yard run making the score 7-0 with 3:59 left in the first quarter.
The Monarchs came roaring back on their next drive as quarterback Adin Trujillo found Alex Cortez down the far sideline for a 64 yard catch and the touchdown evening up the score at 7-7.
As time in the first quarter was about to expire CVC’s quarterback Tony Dragt found Justin Dykstra who made a diving catch in the back of the end zone for a 26 yard reception and the touchdown making the score 13-7.
CVC put together an impressive drive to start off the second quarter eating up 6:18 of the clock and capped it off as Dragt passed to a receiver for a 2 yard touchdown to make the score 20-7.
Exeters Austin Cardoza took a toss play to the right faking the reverse he then turned up the side line and took it 29 yards for the touchdown making the score 20-14 with 3:30 left in the second quarter. The Cavaliers would widen their lead to two scores as Draget punch in a three yard run into the end zone to make the score 27-14 with 1:34 left in the half.
Trujillo made an ill-advised throw late in the half which was intercepted but a roughing the passer penalty on CVC would allow Exeter to retain possession.
Trujillo would redeem himself with twelve seconds left in the half as he found Eric Lentz on an out route for a 15 yard touchdown catch making the halftime score 27-21 CVC.
Exeter was penalized seven times for encroachment and off sides in the first half.
“A lot of uncharacteristic off side penalties,” said Coach White about the mistakes. “We will get back to fundamentals.”
CVC continued their scoring ways in the third quarter as Alex Te Velde kick a 25 yard field goal to make the score30-21 with 8:31 left in the quarter.
The Monarchs would match CVCs field goal with one of their own as Juan Castillo kick an 18 yarder to make the score 30-24.
Pendergast would finally get a chance to show his breakout speed as he broke a 40 yard run up the left side line making tacklers miss blazing a trail all the way to the promise land making the score 37-24.
Exeter would not let CVC away with a touchdown without scoring one of their own as Trujillo found a wide open Cortez behind the coverage this time for a 41 yard touchdown making the score 37-31 late in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter it was all CVC as Macintyre Garbani rushed in for touchdown on two separate occasions one a 13 yard run at 4:22 which placed the dagger in the Monarchs heart and a 44 yard with 0:34 left in the game.
Exeters Adin Trujillo had 13 completions on 22 attempts for 235 yard and 3 touchdowns
Alex Cortez was Trujillos number one target making seven catches for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns “Tonight he had a great game,” said coach White about his receiver.
Austin Cardoza could not get it going on the ground as he only gained 89 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.
Next week the CVC Cavaliers take on the Kingsburg Vikings who are coming off a win against Dinuba.
The Exeter Monarchs have a bye next week and then welcome the Kingsburg Vikings to town.
“It’s going to be a hard game but we have two weeks to prepare for them,” said coach white about the next game.