Here’s another one from Week One of last year as we continue our “One Year Ago” series. Monrovia, who won its opener the week before against West Covina, picked up a win over Alta Loma. The game was played on August 30, 2019. Alex “Gonzo” Gonzalez covered the game.
By Alex Gonzalez
Monrovia — Nick Hernandez tossed four touchdown passes, three in the first half, en route to a 34-7 win over Alta Loma Friday night at Monrovia High School.
M-Town wasted no time getting started on the scoring onslaught. After taking the opening kickoff into Braves’ territory, Hernandez hooked up with Devon Mayes running a post patterne who took it to paydirt to give the Wildcats an early advantage.
The offense continued to score quickly, thanks to Mayes. This time he took the handoff, made two cuts, and was off to the races. Mayes’ 65-yard rushing score put Monrovia up 13-0 after a blocked PAT by Alta Loma with only three minutes gone by in the first quarter.
The Wildcats then added two more touchdowns before intermission. At the start the second quarter, just a minute and 36 seconds in, Hernandez connected with Mario Minor who shook off his defender and caught Hernandez’s bomb for the score.
Then just before the half, the offense compiled a nine-play drive that took more than five minutes off the clock. Tyree Miles was on the receiving end of Hernandez’s pass that extended Monrovia’s lead 27-0.
Following the break, the Wildcats offensive attack slowed down in the third quarter when the team failed to produce any more points. The drought ended when Hernandez found Minor again to start the fourth quarter.
The Braves were able to save face when Joseph Estrada put the teams only points on the board with less than five minutes to play. Before they forced to punt on 10 of their 13 possessions. The other possessions were a fumbled that was recovered by Monrovia, and a drive that ended the first half and Estrada’s rushing score.
With the win, M-Town will try to stay undefeated when they travel to Los Altos next Friday while Alta Loma would try to bounce back next week when they host Los Osos.