Exeter takes the ‘Crate’

By Andrea Camarena

A Denno Daly rush from the 6-yard line opened up an onslaught of scoring in the first blowout of the Orange Crate game last Friday.

In a turn around from last year's 7-12 loss, the Monarchs boasted their first Crate victory, 35-6.

The Monarchs switched to a running offense for the game moving the ball 235 yards on 36 carries and leaving the Cardinals defenseless.

But the passing game wasn't completely abandoned. In the second quarter, Monarch quarterback Drew Branch connected with wide receiver Cory Griffin at the 10:15 mark for an 83-yard pass run to bring the game to 14-0.

Friday night, Griffin brought his season receiving total to 845 yards. That puts him first in the league for receiving.

The Monarchs continued rotating their running and passing plays in the second half when Eric Capello, returning from a shoulder injury caught a 31 yard pass from Branch in the Cardinal endzone for the Monarchs' third TD of the night.

Capello owned the third quarter when Branch connected with him again at the 6:59 mark to bring the game to 28-0.

Recovering from his injury, Capello managed to up his season receivig total to 238 yards.

Exeter put another touchdown on the board with a Vincent Pascoe 8-yard rush in the final minute of the third quarter.

With 35 points up for the Monarchs the Cardinals finally put themselves on the board in the fourth quarter when quarterback Abel Gamboa connected with John Salas on a 21-yard pass in the final quarter. In the last two minutes of the game, the touchdown turned away a Monarch shutout but left little room for anymore scoring.

The Monarchs totaled 421 yards for the night to topple Lindsay's 195 yards.

With tiring linemen, the Cardinals struggled to gain a first down the entire game. With only 195 yards gained in the game, several holding calls on completed passes kept pushing the Cardinals back from Monarch territory. Lindsay lost 62 yards in penalties and only gained three on 19 carries.

With two weeks left in league play, the Orange Crate win puts the fifth place just ahead of the Cardinals.

Branch leads the league in passing with 1,535 yards over Gamboa's 1,283 yards for the season.

Griffin also leads in scoring for the league with 68 points for the season.

On the Monarchs defensive end, Adolfo Hernandez leads in indvidual sacks for the season with five.

With individual leading players, the Monarchs head into a challenging week.

Next week, Exeter faces first place Orosi (6-2-0) on Cardinal territory.

The final Monarch game takes place on Nov. 12 when Exeter hosts rival Woodlake.

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