Exeter again put on an offensive clinic in the team's second straight game away from home. Unfortunately, the Reedley Pirates did them one better.

The teams had traded touchdowns going into the fourth quarter. The Pirates scored with eight minutes remaining in the fourth when Trevor Hai ran it in from the nine-yard line. Needing a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game, the Monarchs high-powered offense was unable to drive the field after the ensuing kickoff for a 41-33 loss.

Reedley was the more consistent of the two offenses, racking up 349 yards on 52 carries and getting 25 first downs compared with Exeter's 16. Despite giving up 440 yards, the Monarchs defense played well. Morgan Munger and Adolfo Hernandez both had two sacks and Jonathan Riddle added another sack.

The game began with Reedley scoring on a two-yard touchdown run by Joseph Ochoa in the first quarter. The Monarchs answered on the ensuing kickoff with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Eric Capello's run tied the second longest kickoff return in school history. With 3:14 to go in the first quarter, Exeter took a 14-7 lead on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Drew Branch to Capello. Reedley tied the game with 49 seconds remaining in the first when Ochoa scored his second touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run.

Exeter started the second quarter with a bang when Branch connected with receiver Cory Griffin for a 44-yard touchdown bomb. Reedley came back to tie the game with a 23-yard pass from Vidal Garcia to Devon Hendrix. After getting the ball back, Reedley put up six more points on a 13-yard touchdown run by Garcia. As time expired in the half, Branch scrambled for an eight-yard run into the endzone. Jacob Bryant missed the extra point giving Reedley a 27-28 halftime lead.

In the third quarter both defenses stepped up and stifled their opponents. It wasn't until just under five minutes in the quarter that a team found the endzone when Branch scored on a one-yard touchdown run. Exeter was unable to convert the two-point conversion for a 33-28 lead. Reedley followed with an Alex Aceves 7-yard touchdown run and a failed two-point conversion for 34-33 lead before scoring the last points of the game in the fourth quarter.

Branch threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more. On the season Branch is 27 of 46 for 393 yards and four touchdowns. Griffin has caught 17 passes for 272 yards and tied for the team lead with Capello at three touchdowns each.

Exeter's JV and frosh teams fared much better against the Pirates. The JV team won 19-13 and the freshmen won 14-13.

The Monarchs are 1-1 heading into league play. Exeter will open league play at home against Granite Hills High School at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Monarch Stadium. This is the first year that Granite Hills has played in the ESL.

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