Rain can't stop another Monarch victory

By Andrea Camarena

As the rain cleared, the Monarchs and Tigers ran onto the field at Painter-Robinson Stadium in Woodlake ready for their annual rivalry battle for the Valencia Cup on Thursday, Nov. 10 and their last league contest.

Woodlake held strong in the first half making it a back and forth battle, but the Tigers lost steam in the second as the Monarchs took off for a 33-14 win.

It was a Denno Daly night. The Exeter senior running back ran for 211 of Exeter's 333-yard rushing game surprising the Tigers with outside runs all night.

Daly made his first of three touchdowns early in the first quarter on a 19-yard run. He made the touchdown run again in the second quarter and finally he made the game-closing touchdown in the fourth on a 1-yard dive into the end zone.

Daly had 22 carries for the night averaging 9.6 yards on each.

The game started as a back and forth battle with Daniel Tiller answering Daly's first touchdown with an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter putting the Tigers up 7-6. But Exeter came back with Daly's second touchdown and an Eric Capello two-point conversion leaping ahead 14-7.

In the same quarter, Exeter quarterback Chris Mayabb found Eric Capello in the end zone and connected on a 5-yard pass to advance the game to 15-7.

But with only 30 seconds left in the first half, Woodlake brought the Tiger fans to their feet scoring on a 12-yard touchdown run by quarterback John Gomez closing the gap to 21-14, Exeter.

In the second half, the Tigers were stumped.

Exeter opened the third quarter with an interception by Ryan Baker on the Monarchs own 45-yard line. Daly followed the interception up by carrying the ball to Woodlake's 12-yard line. On the next play, Mayabb scrambled for a pass but decided to keep the ball for an Exeter 12-yard touchdown run.

The Monarchs held the Tigers to only six first downs and just over 100-yards gained. Daly led Exeter to a 333-yard rushing game while Mayabb rested his canon attempting just 10 passes for 47 yards.

Despite turning over the ball on two Exeter fumbles and one interception, the Tigers failed to gain yards. They moved backwards with 80-yards lost on seven penalties.

The win put Exeter ahead in standings and their 8-2 overall, 5-2 league record put them at No. 7 in the Division III, Central Section playoff seeding. The Monarchs will host No. 10 Sierra at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. The game will be Exeter's first time hosting playoffs in over 20 years.

The Tigers also earned a playoff birth with 4-6 overall and 2-5 league records. No. 11 Woodlake will travel to Taft on Friday to play the No. 6 WILDCATS in the first round of Division IV Central Section playoffs.

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