Monarch football made the 82-mile trip worth the drive when they defeated the Coalinga Horned Toads 35-27 on Friday.

In the high-scoring game, Exeter came out with five touchdowns, four courtesy of outstanding player, Cory Griffin.

"He [Griffin] had the best game I have ever seen a high school player have," said Robert Dougherty, head coach.

Griffin barreled into the end zone in the first quarter to tie the game at seven with an 82-yard kickoff return. Corcoran reclaimed their lead with the final touchdown in the first quarter followed by a third in the second quarter.

Griffin answered with a 54-yard punt return that gaveway to a two point conversion in the hands of Vincent Pascoe to close the half at 15-18, Corcoran.

Brent Pascoe opened the second half with a 5-yard run into the Horned Toad end zone to push the Monachs into a 19-18 lead.

Griffin helped out with his third touchdown when quarterback Drew Branch connected with him on a 16-yard pass . The Monarch defense held Coalinga scoreless in the third quarter.

Griffin who received for 49 yards in the game and broke a school record of 123 career receptions made his tenth touchdown of the season on a 24-yard interception return.

Rising wide receiver Morgan Munger totaled 77 yards on 4 receptions. The Monarchs took their second ESL win to up their record to 2-2.

This week, Exeter hosts Lindsay in the second Orange Crate at 7:30 p.m.

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