Football: Monarchs off to best start since 2008, beat Taft 42-20


Exeter’s offense explodes for 493 total yards in their win over the Taft Wildcats

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

LINDSAY – The last time that the Exeter Monarchs began the season with four straight wins they just about ran the regular season table, going 9-1 on their way to a Central Sequoia League title. During that 2008 season the Monarchs had a running back in Cameron Loeffler, who rushed for 2,690 yards.

Fast forward nine years and very little has changed. The Monarchs still primarily run the football and after a 42-20 win over the Taft Wildcats once again find themselves undefeated through the first four games.

“I don’t think anyone thought we would be here. We are excited to be where we are at and we know that there is still a lot of work left,” said Exeter Monarchs head coach Keirsten Lamb.

This season there is just not one face associated with the Monarch (4-0) running attack but many. As Coach Lamb puts it, it is running back by committee this season. Well that committee just had its best performance of the season by rumbling for a total of 343 yards. And all three of the Monarchs leading running backs, Isaiah Urban, Christian Cenetti, and Anthony Torres had their hands in all four of Exeter’s touchdowns in the first half.

Urban led the running attack with 121 yards on 14 carries and one of those carries was a nine yard rumble into the end zone for the games opening score.

Then it was Genetti who capped off the first half for the Monarchs with the longest score of the evening, a 61 yarder which made the halftime score 28-12.

This week the passing attack took a step forward as Martinez went 6-9 for 125 yards and two scores. His longest was a 58 yards pass to Martinez which gave Exeter the winning margin.

Impressive as that may be it was Martinez’s first touchdown throw to Jeremiah Doyal of only 10 yards that gave the Monarchs a 14-0 lead. That one score cushion was needed as the Wildcats (0-3) answered both of the Monarchs scores for the remainder of the half.

Even when Torres threw a 25-yard pass to Genetti during that opening quarter to make it 21-6, the Wildcats scored again.

“Our kids our resilient, we don’t care where we are working, let’s just work,” said Coach Lamb.

They will need to be resilient this week as the Monarchs once again will be in an unfamiliar stadium as they take on the Golden West Trailblazers (4-0) next Friday night at 7 pm. This battle of unbeatens will be a true measuring stick for the Monarchs. Still like all games leading up to this week the Exeter coaching staff will have their team ready to play.

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