East County Sports

Monarchs, Red Hawks, Knights fall

Valley Center celebrates a touchdown Friday night.




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SPRING VALLEY – The Monte Vista Monarchs put their fans on notice all season that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with over in November in a pursuit of the San Diego CIF Division 4 championship.

On Friday night, the Monarchs got a little taste of what life is like in the tougher ranks, as the Valley Center Jaguars put an exclamation point on their outstanding season with a 51-10 win over the hosts in the regular season finale.

Monte Vista finished as the division’s No. 4 seed with just a 5-5 overall record thanks to a difficult schedule, while the Jaguars completed their regular season with a 9-1 mark.

The Monarchs actually led the contest 10-0 in the first quarter after an 80-yard touchdown run from JAHMON MCCLENDON and a 24-yard field goal by JASON HERNANDEZ.

Jason Hernandez, (10-0) Monarchs. Unfortunately, this will be the only time the Monarchs score for the rest of the night.

Valley Center QB Rikki Mazzetti threw two TDs in the first half and the Jags led 34-10 at halftime.

In two weeks, Monte Vista will host the winner of a first-round contest in Division 4 matching 5th-seeded Chula Vista and 12th-seeded Coronado.

The Monarchs are seeded opposite No. 1 University City, which defeated Monte Vista during the regular season.

The Centurions will face the winner of a first-round game between that will take place next Friday when El Cajon Valley travels to face Serra in Tierrasanta.




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JULIAN – The Mountain Empire coaching staff were caught off off guard when they were informed by Vincent Memorial representatives that a shortage of officials in the area Friday night would force the teams’ season finale matchup to be moved up a couple of hours to 4:30 p.m.

The Red Hawks made the game pronto, but they couldn’t help but feel a little one-upped by the Scots delay in informing Mountain Empire of the situation.

The situation doesn’t seem that of a championship game, which is exactly what Friday night’s tilt was.

Despite trailing by a game in the loss column, a win by the Red Hawks could have still earned a possible share of the Manzanita League title, and put the CIF in a quandary with their position placing league champion teams in the postseason over teams that don’t win circuit patches.

The Red Hawks entered the game well off the postseason bubble, but an upset of the Scots would have improved their ranking dramatically.

The rush to play on Friday didn’t seem to bother the players, who battled tooth-and-nail in the first half, answering a first-quarter score by the Scots with a TD of their own in the second quarter.

Vincent Memorial put another score on the board in the second, but the Division 5 top-seed could only manage a one-score lead over the Red Hawks.

Still, the Scots managed just one score in the third, as Empire kept the game within striking distance and still a potent enough offense to make quick scores.

In the fourth, the Red Hawks wilted and Vincent pulled away.

GABRIEL HYDORN passed for 128 yards, while DALLAS PRINCE finished with 51 yards on the ground.\

Defensively, Prince had an interception for the fourth-straight game. One in which he returned 34 yards. He also had 11 tackles.

WYATT MANN finished his season with seven catches for 77 yards.

CAMERON WILL and BLAKE JARRELL paced the Mountain Empire defense as they did all season. This time the dup both finished with 14 tackles.

JONATHAN PENUELAS had 11 tackles, including two sacks, and a forced fumble.

Junior ESTABAN CASTILL had an interception, a fumble recovery and four tackles.

Mountain Empire finished with a 5-5 overall record and 1-2 in league.




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ESCONDIDO – The Foothills Christian Knights lost to 8-man football rival Calvin Christian as the Crusaders dumped a bushel full of points on FCHS in a 75-24 defeat Friday night to win the Ocean League title.

After the Crusaders scored in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead, the Knights answered with a 90-yard punt return from TONY MROZ.

By the end of the evening, the Crusaders had run roughshod over the Knights for 590 yards rushing led by Calvin’s Wesley Salzman, a junior, who had 292 yards and three scores.

Calvin Christian (10-0, 2-0) is the No. 1 team in the upcoming 8-man football championship.

Foothills Christian is 7-3, 1-1.

Foothills quarterback STEVE LEONCINI had an 11-yard touchdown run.





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