By David Ruiz

The Exeter Monarchs defeated the Lindsay Cardinals Friday 43-6 in the fourth annual Orange Crate game.

The Monarchs set the tone early as they marched 59 yards to take the lead. The drive was highlighted by a 31-yard completion from quarterback Deric McClellan to Vince Pascoe, and was finished off with a 6-yard run by Cameron Loeffler.

The Exeter offense faced a third and 12 situation on their next possession but came through on McClellan's 24-yard pass to Tyler Houk.

Sergio Ortiz would score from 2 yards out to complete the drive.

The lead was increased to 15 on a fake extra point as Chris Parker scrambled for the 2-point conversion.

After the Cardinals were forced to punt, Patrick Hutcheson's return gave the Monarchs good field position on Lindsay's 47-yard line.

Just seconds later, Loeffler broke free for a 38-yard run and his second touchdown of the quarter. Loeffler would finish the night with 93 yards on only nine carries.

The Cardinals first quarter nightmare continued when Exeter defensive lineman, Brandon Guglialmani came up with a fumble recovery on the Lindsay 21-yard line.

Ortiz then scored on a 12-yard run up the middle as the quarter ended.

Another forced punt would lead to another big return by Hutcheson, this time down to the Lindsay 10-yard line.

Vince Pascoe's 2-yard touchdown gave Exeter a 36-0 lead with 8:29 left in the half.

The Cardinals would threaten late in the half when junior quarterback, Jordan Lara, completed passes to Octavio Lemus for 41 yards and Joel Garcia for 14 yards. But time would run out and the Monarchs led 36-0 at the break.

The second half featured more smothering Exeter defense, starting with Michael Saldana's interception early in the third quarter. McClellan would follow up with a 30-yard strike to Sam Garver for another touchdown.

McClellan completed eight out of 14 passes against the Cardinals for 191 yards and one touchdown pass.

The Cardinals would get on the board late on Octavio Lemus' 1-yard run as time ran out.

The Monarchs offense combined for 395 total yards, 204 of them on the ground with Loeffler leading the way and Ortiz adding 81 yards and two touchdowns. Pascoe also had 15 yards and a touchdown on three carries. But he was most dangerous through the air, catching three passes for 103 yards. Garver had two receptions for 40 yards and Parker, Houk and Arturo Soto added one catch a piece.

Another strong performance from the Monarchs defense held the Cardinals to 14 rushing yards and only 87 total yards.

Cristoval Lemus led the defense with six tackles and one and a half sacks.

Other solid defensive performances included Alan Pelaiz with four and a half tackles, Kyle Schmidt and Cameron Loeffler had three tackles each. Houk also added two and a half tackles. A.J. Almanza had two tackles and one and a half sacs.

The Monarchs have outscored their opponents a total of 90-6 in two games as they hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Porterville on Friday, Sept. 15.

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