Week 9: Monte Vista Monarchs 35, Santana Sultans 0

Jahmon McClendon and the Monte Vista Monarchs made sure there would be no question as to the result of Friday night’s lightning-shortened Grossmont Valley League game against the host Santana Sultans on Friday night.

McClendon had a typical night – but only in the first half – scoring five touchdowns and rushing for 329 yards before the Sultans’ Homecoming festivities. 

Then a thunderstorm and the accompanying lightning put the game into a delay before the second half.

As more and more accounts of games county-wide being halted with the threatening conditions, the teams, along with the officials, called off the contest with the Monarchs leading 35-0.

While Grossmont Conference athletic president Brian Wilbur, along with conference representatives from around the county, were expected to meet in a conference call with CIF commissioner Jerry Schneipp on Saturday morning to discuss the outcome of the section’s games which were stopped, Monte Vista coach RON HAMAMOTO said that the Monarchs had officially won the game on Friday night by agreement.

Santana opened with possession, but the Monarchs forced a punt.

McClendon had a 43-yard run on his first carry, then had an 8-yard score for a 7-0 lead just 2:05 in.

Monte Vista sophomore defensive back Darren Barkins had a sideline interception near midfield.

The Monarchs covered the distance thanks to a 24-yard pass from Kenny Stevens to Blake Schmidt down to the 3, where McClendon took it in for his second score with 4:14 left in the first quarter.

McClendon’s third score came on the Monarchs’ first play of the second quarter following a Santana punt.

McClendon bounced off left tackle, then slipped past a pair of Sultans in the secondary, going 80 yards to give the Monarchs a 21-0 lead.

Monte Vista senior defensive tackle Blake Schmidt recorded a sack, then moments later, junior Logan Schmidt forced a backward pass with a quarterback hit, which was recovered by the Monarchs.

McClendon had his fourth score on the very next play, following Elshaddai Levi’s block through the left side and scoring from 26 yards.

Santana, which is beset by injuries to several key players, put together its best-looking drive of the night after that thanks in part of a pair of runs from Brooks Moutaw, which marched the Sultans down inside the 30.

However, Monte Vista senior Jack Walker recorded a sack to force a punt.

McClendon got the Monarchs out of their own end with a 38-yard run, then he tried the right side on the next play, and found plenty of room off tackle to get to the outside for a 54-yard score.

Hamamoto has been on the sidelines every football Friday for over 30 years, but this was the first time he had experienced a game being called due to weather conditions.

The Sultans’ final drive before halftime included gains on the ground from sophomore Nick Brase and junior Jacob Peterson.

Santana sophomore quarterback Drew Temple hit sophomore Jared Forster for a first down before the Monarchs’ Stevens ended the series with a pass breakup.

Santana was able to conclude Homecoming festivities before the stadium was cleared. 

The 2018 Santana Homecoming Queen is Alex Beckom, while the Homecoming King is Trey Agramont.


PREVIEW

The Jahmon McClendon watch is off for now, at least for the next few weeks, after the Monarch senior star moved into fourth all-time on the section rushing list last week against Mount Miguel.

McClendon, who had four touchdowns against the Matadors, needs more than 1,000 yards to move into third on the section list and pass Oceanside High’s Ricky Seals.

But the Monarchs aren’t about chasing records, right now they’re about chasing championships, including one that eluded them last year, the Grossmont Valley League banner.

Last Friday, Monte Vista pulled away in the second half by slowing the Mount Miguel passing attack and McClendon rushed for four touchdowns in the league opener for the Monarchs.

Also of note was the return of E.J. Henderson for Monte Vista. The senior recorded an interception in the second half.

Last week, the Sultans won the yardage and time of possession battle against West Hills but kept ending up short of putting points on the board in a 21-11 loss, dropping Santana to 0-2 in the GVL.

Santana sophomore quarterback Drew Temple was 11-for-12 for over 200 yards last week. Senior Trent Forster led the Sultans with five receptions for 74 yards.

The Sultans have played the Monarchs tough, of late.

Last year, Monte Vista won just 24-17 and in 2016 Santana won twice, including a semifinal playoff game, 35-32.

In last season’s matchup, the Monarchs led by just three late in the third quarter after a Sultan score, but McClendon answered with his second TD run of the night, then sealed the game with an interception.

Monarch kicker Jason Hernandez booted a 40-yarder in that one, while Colton Snipes caught a 32-yard touchdown pass for the Sultans. Snipes also booted a field goal last week.

Both teams are serious contenders for section championships in their respective divisions.

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