Monarchs step-up to challenge

By Devann McClellan

The Monarchs traveled to Porterville High School on Friday Sept. 15 to add a third win to their early-season streak with a 35-6 win over the Panthers.

Standing proud, junior Patrick Hutcheson, and seniors Vince Pascoe and Brandon &#8220Googs” Guglielmoni met as captains for the coin toss to win an Exeter kick off.

Exeter senior Luis Ortiz made the first big play of the game, stripping the ball to get the Exeter offense on the field to get the game going. Sophomore Cameron Loeffler, received a hand off and ran 33 yards for an Exeter touchdowns six minutes into the game. Kicker and quarterback Deric McClellan kicked for the extra point, making it 7-0 Monarchs.

After an Exeter fumble with a Porterville recovery, senior Kyle Schmidt snagged an interception from Panthers quarterback, senior Anthony Silva, leaving Exeter in possession at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Exeter continued to show the Panthers what the Monarchs are made of. Four minutes into the quarter, Exeter junior Sergio Ortiz ran straight through the Porterville defensive line for another Exeter touchdown.

Again in the second quarter, McClellan rolled to his right, then scrambled to his left to find Parker open in the end zone for a completed pass and a Monarch touchdown making it 20-0. The half ended with a PAT, kicked by McClellan, making the score 21-0 Exeter.

Hutcheson began the second half with a 28-yard kick off return. Exeter's running game was strong with a hand off from McClellan to Loeffler to run it in for his second touchdown of the night making it 28-0, Exeter. Loeffler kept the running game going in the last quarter for his third touchdown of the night to bring the score up to 34-0.

With 5:32 to go, Exeter coach Ben White sent in the second string defense. Porterville's junior David Gonzales caught a long throw from Panthers quarterback Silva. The game ended with the final score 35-6 for an Exeter Monarch victory over the Porterville Panthers.

Exeter's offense broke through the Panther's defensive line for 343 rushing yards. 178 came from Loeffler with three touchdowns, 98 from Sergio Ortiz with one touchdown, 46 by Vince Pascoe, 21 from Deric McClellan plus 60 yards through the air. Chris Parker received three passes for 26 yards with one touchdown. Sam Garver received one for seven. Erik Elkington received one for four and Patrick Hutcheson also received one for four.

The Monarch defense held strong with the only Exeter sack of the night by Guglielmoni who had one tackle and three assists. Chris parker had five tackles with seven assists, and Vince Pascoe with four tackles and eight assists.

Monarch JVs

Beginning with an impenetrable defense on both Exeter and Porterville J.V. teams, the first half ended in a 0-0 dead lock tie.

In the second half, sophomore Travis Pacheco began the half with a 31-yard kick off. Sophomore Neil Schmidt made it look easy blocking and recovering a Porterville punt. Exeter J.V. quarterback freshman Chase Madden scrambled at the line breaking three tackles, and finally brought down on Exeter's own 34-yard line.

At the end of the third quarter, Pacheco, kicked a 31-yard field goal, making it 3-0 Monarchs. Exeter's defense continued to hold the Panthers offense to give the J.V. Exeter Monarchs a 3-0 victory over the Porterville Panthers.

Exeter Monarchs go into this week's game with a point total of 125-12 to face Central Valley Christian in hopes to add another win to their 3-0 winning streak.

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