Cats Get Their First, 47-20

Monrovia QB Nick Hernandez did the job with his arm and his legs.

By Tim Peterson

(Monrovia) – The name Hernandez shined bright on a night that the Wildcats finally got in the win column. Frank Hernandez had six receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns and Nick Hernandez threw for 293 yards to lead Monrovia to a  47-20 win over Valley Christian Friday night on the Cats home field.

Monrovia led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter and 24-17 at the half before pulling away late. Leading 27-20 in the third quarter, the Hernandez to Hernandez connection worked to cement the victory. First quarterback Nick found receiver Frank in the corner of the end zone for a 33-yard score.

After forcing Valley to punt the Wildcats struck quickly again. This time on the first play of the series Nick Hernandez threw a strike over the middle that Frank Hernandez caught in stride and did the rest himself. He shrugged off one tackler and drug two more with him across the goal line for six. Just like that it was 40-20 Monrovia and although there was still 10:44 left in the fourth quarter that touchdown was the dagger.

The Cats added one more on an AJ Carreon six-yard TD run four minutes later.

Frank Hernandez had a big night for Monrovia with a pair of touchdown catches and over 200 yards receiving.

The Defenders refused to go away early in the game staying with Monrovia until the third. Valley Christian scored first on a 42-yard field goal by Elijah Glonchak on its first drive of the game to make it 3-0. Monrovia sputtered on its first possession but responded on the next series when Devon Mayes capped a nine-play drive with a four-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 advantage.

Monrovia stalled at the Valley Christian eight-yard line in the second quarter but Brian Gomez booted a 25 yard field goal for a seven point lead.

Valley Christian fought back with a 38-yard touchdown strike from Hayden Ericks to Luca Caldarella to tie it at 10 with 6:26 left in the half. Hernandez and Hernandez came up big again to give the Wildcats the advantage. Nick hit Frank for 67 yards down to the Defender six-yard line and Nick then finished it with a six-yard touchdown jaunt.

Noah Ferinac scored from three yards out for Valley to complete a 12-play, 80-yard march to tie it again at 17 with 1:19 left.Monrovia again had an answer. Mayes took over with a 58-yard sprint down to the Valley Christian eight, and then scored from eight yards out with 28 seconds remaining for a 24-17 halftime lead.

Gomez split the uprights for M-Town early in the third and then Glonchak booted one from 19 yards out for the Defenders to make it 27-20. The Hernandez heroics then finished it off for the Cats.

Mayes rushed for 84 yards and two scores on 12 carries for Monrovia. He also hauled in two passes for 49 yards. Keeshonne Robinson had a big night defensively for Monrovia with double digits in tackles.

Ericks threw for 226 yards and a touchdown for the Defenders and Caldarella had 63 yards and a score on four catches in a losing effort.

Monrovia is now 1-3 with the victory while Valley fell to 1-3. Monrovia will take on Covina next on Thursday night at Covina District Field.

9 Comments to "Cats Get Their First, 47-20"

  1. September 14, 2018 - 8:39 pm | Permalink

    When you SICK in the HEAD you need to be “COMMITTED” to an Insane Intuition.

    What U HATING on Bro ???

  2. Bozo's Gravatar Bozo
    September 9, 2018 - 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Williams you post as anonymous so even you think you suck?? Who am I to argue with that!

    Here are some facts, NV is better without you and Monrovia is playing at the same level as last year, maybe. Monrovia admin is talking Williams, so you better get a signature win soon! And SM looks like the league favorite. You’re looking like a one and done at Monrovia! Try Mark Keppel next year.

  3. Gordon Gekko's Gravatar Gordon Gekko
    September 9, 2018 - 1:40 am | Permalink

    “Another dog with fleas.”

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 8, 2018 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous & Bozo the clown same loser. Coach Bozo Maxie. Sad he’s talking to himself again.

  5. Crusaders's Gravatar Crusaders
    September 8, 2018 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    DEFENDERS? They changed their nickname to Defenders? Ok, I guess maybe Crusaders has become politically incorrect or something (and, to be honest, it was always a pretty dull name), but Defenders is one of the worst HS nicknames I have ever heard of. I mean, Wildcats is as boring as it gets, and it’s still miles better than Defenders

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 8, 2018 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Erase the “the” sorry.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 8, 2018 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Covina is gonna roll the Monrovia. Running clock. Covina is too good. I predict blow out

  8. Bozo's Gravatar Bozo
    September 8, 2018 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Williams is a guru again!! Haha!

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    September 8, 2018 - 9:42 am | Permalink

    This victory will be short lived.
    The wildcats are not ready for the colts. Blow out for sure.

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