The Monte Vista and Mar Vista matchup lived up to the hype after the Monarchs squeezed out a 28-21 victory.
The night belonged to Monte Vista’s Jahmon McClendon who scored all 4 of the Monarch’s touchdowns.
Both teams fought for all fourth quarters and the Mar Vista receiving core lived up to the hype that Head Coach Tyler Arciaga talked about.
The night started how it ended with McClendon finding the end zone from 3 yards out. Mar Vista responded with a touchdown of their own when De’von Peterson ran for 28 yards. McClendon came back and scored a 28 yard touchdown, his second.
McClendon extended the Monarch lead before half after Monte Vista’s Blake Schmidt blocked a punt putting them in prime field position. The teams went into the locker rooms with a score of 21-7 Monarchs ahead.
The Mariners came out in the second half ready to play tying the game at 21. Then McClendon did what he does best and found the end zone. Scoring the game winning 74 yard touchdown, right as the third period ended.
Monte Vista moves to 1-0 while the Mar Vista Mariners drop to 0-1.
PREVIEW: One of the most anticipated Week One matchups is the Monte Vista Monarchs visiting the Mar Vista Mariners. It will be the first time they square off since 2011, in a game which Mar Vista went on to win 44-0.
Both teams are coming off playoff caliber seasons. Last year the Monarchs had one of their best seasons in recent school history finishing 7-5. They also captured their school’s first playoff win since 2013.
The Mariners had a record of 8-3 losing in the Division IV playoffs to eventual champions, La Jolla Country Day, after the Torreys’ Braxton Burmeister had 503 total yards.
Mar Vista, a young team, will have to make up for some losses in their offense; as seniors accounted for 3,265 yards of the team’s 4,221 last year.
There is only one player on the roster who has started at quarterback in a varsity game, Jacob Beck. In his only start, Mar Vista hosted the Valhalla Norsemen, Beck went 4 for 12 with 40 yards.
Despite losing the seniors, Mar Vista Head coach Tyler Arciaga is excited about the team’s strong receiving core. Arciaga highlighted Senior De’von Peterson and Juniors Marcus Ramirez and Sebastian Burke. Arciaga said, “We got a lot of young guys who are ready to be battle tested.”
The Monarchs look to march in and reign over the Mariners. Monte Vista Head coach Ron Hamamoto is one of the most respected coaches in the county. Arciaga described Hamamoto as someone who, always has his team ready and runs, “a tight ship.”
We will have all the highlights from the Week One opener during the Prep Pigskin Report at 10:30pm. Also, look for game updates on the official PPR Twitter and Instagram accounts @redjacketarmy or look for #PPRonKUSI.