The Wildcats are off to a winning start so far. - Courtesy photo / Facebook, @MonroviaWildcatFootball

Monrovia football wins fifth straight game of their campaign

By Jordan Green

On Friday, the 6-1 Monrovia Wildcats continued to impress after they defeated the Temple City Rams 48-7. It was the second league game for the Wildcats so far this 2019 campaign, and both contest have been played on the road.

Last week it was their strong passing game, along with their defensive prowess, that allowed them to shutout the San Marino Titans. They picked up right where they left off last week, as quarterback Nick Hernandez had yet another strong performance.

Hernandez quickly solidified his place in the game as he opened the scoring in the first quarter after he threw a 10-yard touchdown pass. However following the score, Monrovia had their lone defensive mistake of the game as Temple City answered with a deep touchdown pass of their own. In fact, the Rams took a 7-6 lead as Monrovia missed the initial PAT.

Although the next kickoff was returned for touchdown by the Wildcats, the large run was taken back as there was a holding flag thrown on the returning team. Yet Monrovia failed to skip a beat during their second drive, as the offense used both their passing and running games to torch the Rams defense.

After a short rushing touchdown from Monrovia back Devon Mayes made it 12-6 in favor of the Wildcats, the Rams stormed down the field and eventually found themselves in the red zone. However, the Wildcats were able to make a strong defensive play after intercepting Rams quarterback Alex Vera. On the next play, the Wildcats scored an 80-yard touchdown, furthering their lead to 18-7.

From this point on it was all Wildcats. By halftime the score was 38-7, and Hernandez had already thrown for over 150 yards and threw four touchdown passes. The second half was stagnant, as the Wildcats scored one more touchdown and a field goal to increase their lead to 48-7, which was the final score. The defense was phenomenal for the Wildcats, as they corralled four turnovers by the end of the 48 minutes.

The Wildcats have now advanced to 7-1 overall this year, and they are 2-0 in league competition outscoring their opponent 83-7 in those two contests. Their next contest will be against the South Pasadena Tigers on Friday, Oct. 18. The Tigers are currently 5-2 for the season; however, they recently lost a tight contest to the same Titans who the Wildcats beat 35-0.

It will be the first home league game for the Wildcats, with their next contest being the team’s senior night on Friday, Oct. 25. However, kickoff between the Wildcats and Tigers will be at 7 p.m. at Monrovia High School.

Statistics

Passing:
Nick Hernandez: 7/11, 205 yards, 4 TD

Rushing:
Tyree Myles: 6 carries, 42 yards, 1 TD
Devon Myles: 2 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD

Receiving:
Daylen Wilson: 2 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TD
Mario Minor: 4 receptions, 74 yards, 2 TD

Tackling:
Hunter Nicely: 16 total tackles
Matt Willman: 12 total tackles
Michael Jordan: 8 total tackles
Jeremy Cruz-Sailor: 7 total tackles

Sacks:
Jacob Castillo: 1 sack
Matt Willman: 1 sack

Interceptions:
Daylen Wilson: 2 interceptions Mario Minor: 1 interception

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