Predicting this outcome would be like predicting when it is going to rain in San Diego, tough and unlikely. The Monte Vista Monarchs upset University City Centurions winning 30-20 at their home tonight to go to the big dance for the Division IV Championship.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Centurions felt at ease having a 10-1 record against the Monarch’s 6-5 record. In addition, the last time these two faced off, University City beat them winning by two touchdowns. Usually winning by more than 20 points, the Centurions were rudely awoken by a 17-6 halftime score. After a field goal in the first quarter, the Monarchs were up by 3-0. Then in the 2nd quarter, RB Jahmon Mcclendon scored a 3-yard touchdown running right down the middle. Shortly after, Torrey Mack intercepted a Centurion’s pass scoring a 32-yard touchdown to put the Monarchs up 17-0. In the last minute of the 2nd quarter, the Centurions made a last attempt to score with QB Gunnar Gray passing to WR Jurne Smith for a 14-yard touchdown making the halftime score 17-6.
Monte Vista did a good job defending University City’s running game, especially holding RB Marcel Patterson and RB E’Lonie Rico to no touchdowns in the first half. However going back to their roots in the 3rd quarter, Rico scored a 3-yard touchdown and then Patterson in the 4th quarter scoring a 74-yard touchdown making the score 23-20. Having that being the closest in the game, the Monarch’s ran away with it scoring a final touchdown late in the 4th quarter. The Monte Vista Monarchs were victorious winning 30-20.
Lesson learned, anybody can beat anybody on any given night, especially during playoffs. The Monarchs will face off with San Diego High School next Friday at Southwestern Community College.
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Preview: Semi Finals for Division 4 is finally upon us which means one team is a step closer to the Championship. In this matchup, the 6-5 Monte Vista Monarchs who came in 2nd in the Grossmont Valley Football League and 6th in the Division 4 Section will face off with the 10-1 University City Centurions who are the City League Champions and came in 2nd in the Division 4 section. When stakes are high, who will crumble under pressure or prevail in the spotlight?
With a 10-1 record, the University City Centurions are the team to beat. They have a tough offense including quarterback Gunnar Gray who has a total of 2471 yards, 28 touchdowns, and averages 247.1 yards per game. Along his side is wide receiver Casey Granfors and running back Marcel Patterson. Granfors has 1002 total yards, 20 touchdowns and averages 100.2 yards per game. Patterson has even more impressive stats, with 1080 total yards, 21 touchdowns and averages 108 yards per game. Centurions defense is just as powerful as its offense, with averaging 75 tackles per game and over 24 sacks. Although these statistics are impressive, the Monte Vista Monarchs are not going to lie down easily. For the offense, RB Jhamon Mccledon has over 1,600 rushing yards this season and lineman Blake Schmidt has carried a lot of weight when it comes to the Monarch’s defense. Monte Vista is one of out of the three teams that kept the score within two touchdowns. With a close encounter last time these two faced off and coming off a tough win against Chula Vista last week in overtime, the Monarchs are well-equipped for battle. However, University City is well rested after their leisure win against Serra winning 42-0. In a battle of heart versus talent, anything can happen during playoffs.
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