By Andrea Camarena

The end of the 2004 football season also waved goodbye t o starting quarterback and stand-out athlete Drew Branch.

With a history of running a quarterback-centered offesnse, Exeter head coach Robert Douugherty must now find his new strong arm to lead the Monarchs in the 2005 season.

One more option has just arrrived to Exeter Union in the form of junior Chris Mayabb.

Mayabb hails from Murrieta Valley, Calif. where he was the starting quarterback for the Division I Nighthawks from 2003-2004.

"He's the real deal," said Athletic Director Darin Pace of the transfer student.

In 2004, Mayabb made 79 completions on 146 attempts for 54 percent completion with 1,006 total yards.

In 11 games, he only threw three interceptions. Standing at 6-4, 185 pounds, Mayabb worked with a running offense at his last high school and hopes to show off his arm with the Monarchs' passing offense.

The 2005 season will serve as Mayabb's fourth at the quarterback position.

Mayabb is a multisport athlete and also hopes to pitch with the Monarchs this spring after he fully recovers from his recent orthoscopic ankle surgery.

Mayabb joined the ranks at EUHS a mere three weeks ago, but already he's a familiar name on campus.

"Everyone here already knows me," Mayabb said.

That's because his father's family grew up in Exeter and left their names embroidered in several of the championship banners hanging in the gym.

His father Randy Mayabb starred on both the baseball and football teams in his days as a Monarch.

His aunt, Kim Mayabb held both basketball and volleyball records in 1989.

"I think this athletic program is better than where I came from. It has higher expectations for student athletes," Mayabb said.

"This will be a good oppurtunity for Chris," Pace said. "He will get a new knowledge of the game."

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