Monroviafootball wins fifth straight game of their campaign
By Jordan Green
On Friday,the 6-1 Monrovia Wildcats continued to impress after they defeated the TempleCity Rams 48-7. It was the second league game for the Wildcats so far this 2019campaign, and both contest have been played on the road.
Last week itwas their strong passing game, along with their defensive prowess, that allowedthem to shutout the San Marino Titans. They picked up right where they left offlast week, as quarterback Nick Hernandez had yet another strong performance.
Hernandezquickly solidified his place in the game as he opened the scoring in the firstquarter after he threw a 10-yard touchdown pass. However following the score,Monrovia had their lone defensive mistake of the game as Temple City answeredwith a deep touchdown pass of their own. In fact, the Rams took a 7-6 lead asMonrovia missed the initial PAT.
Although thenext kickoff was returned for touchdown by the Wildcats, the large run wastaken back as there was a holding flag thrown on the returning team. YetMonrovia failed to skip a beat during their second drive, as the offense usedboth their passing and running games to torch the Rams defense.
After a shortrushing touchdown from Monrovia back Devon Mayes made it 12-6 in favor of the Wildcats,the Rams stormed down the field and eventually found themselves in the redzone. However, the Wildcats were able to make a strong defensive play afterintercepting Rams quarterback Alex Vera. On the next play, the Wildcats scoredan 80-yard touchdown, furthering their lead to 18-7.
From thispoint on it was all Wildcats. By halftime the score was 38-7, and Hernandez hadalready thrown for over 150 yards and threw four touchdown passes. The secondhalf was stagnant, as the Wildcats scored one more touchdown and a field goalto increase their lead to 48-7, which was the final score. The defense wasphenomenal for the Wildcats, as they corralled four turnovers by the end of the48 minutes.
The Wildcatshave now advanced to 7-1 overall this year, and they are 2-0 in leaguecompetition outscoring their opponent 83-7 in those two contests. Their nextcontest will be against the South Pasadena Tigers on Friday, Oct. 18. TheTigers are currently 5-2 for the season; however, they recently lost a tightcontest to the same Titans who the Wildcats beat 35-0.
It will bethe first home league game for the Wildcats, with their next contest being theteam’s senior night on Friday, Oct. 25. However, kickoff between the Wildcatsand Tigers will be at 7 p.m. at Monrovia High School.
Nick Hernandez: 7/11, 205 yards, 4 TD
Tyree Myles: 6 carries, 42 yards, 1 TD
Devon Myles: 2 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD
Daylen Wilson: 2 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TD
Mario Minor: 4 receptions, 74 yards, 2 TD
Hunter Nicely: 16 total tackles
Matt Willman: 12 total tackles
Michael Jordan: 8 total tackles
Jeremy Cruz-Sailor: 7 total tackles
Jacob Castillo: 1 sack
Matt Willman: 1 sack
Daylen Wilson: 2 interceptions Mario Minor: 1 interception