Monte Vista used an opportunistic defense and a steady running game to beat Santana 24-17 and remain undefeated in the Grossmont Valley League.
RB Jahman McClendon established the running in the 1st quarter with a hard-nosed 35 yard run. The drive stalled but K Jason Hernandez nailed a 40 yard field goal with room to spare to give the Monarchs a 3-0 lead. After the defense held, QB E.J. Henderson scampered 24 yards on a keeper setting up McClendon for a 5 yard TD run giving Monte Vista a 10-0 advantage. RB Elshaddai Levi ran one in from 9 yards out making it 17-0 Monarchs and it looked like the blow out was on. However, Santana showed big play ability when QB Josh Oedewalt hit Colton Snipes on a 32 yard TD pass late in the first half to make it 17-7.
The Sultans pulled within 3 points late in the 3rdQ when Oedewalt completed a 31 yard TD pass to Drew Chestnut making it 17-14. Jahman McClendon then scored his second TD of the night on the next possession; this one went for 26 yards and the Monarchs led by 10 24-14. After the Sultans kicked a FG midway through the 4thQ they had one final chance to tie or take the lead but McClendon came through on defense with an interception in the end zone to end the game.
Monte Vista won 24-17 to improve to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the Grossmont-Valley League. Santana fell to 3-4 overall and are now 1-1 in League play.
PREVIEW: The Monte Vista Monarchs have a home conference game this Friday vs. the Santana Sultans.
Monte Vista is 3-3, ranking 299th in the state. After beating their rivals, Mount Miguel High School, last week in a shut-out game, 35-0, Monte Vista should be coming off a high that could possibly propel them to another victory. Terell Kyle started the Monarchs off strong with a 56-yard touchdown run as their first score of the night. Junior Jahmon McClendon scored three touchdowns, including a 45-yard scamper that carried the team to the one-yard line, setting them up for an easy touchdown. Defensive lineman Elshaddai Levi had a good night as well with two sacks in the first half and one for a safety. We’ll be looking for more standout moments from these players in Friday’s game.
The Santana Sultans are coming off a loss from last week against Granite Hills, ending in 40-10. This pushed the Sultans back to 3-4 and 4th in the Grossmont- Valley slate, following behind Monte Vista who is ranked 2nd. The Sultans scored after a 62-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Oedewaldt to senior Cameron Kane. However, a Sultan pass was intercepted by Granite Hills’s Jack Siegfried, with the first half ending at 14-7, Granite Hills. The final score resulted in a loss, which may have been the extra motivation the Sultans need to win this week’s upcoming match.
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