By Duane Barker
(Monrovia) Amir Bankhead rushed for 303-yards and six touchdowns Friday night as Paraclete handed Monrovia a tough loss to the tune of 52-13 Friday night at Monrovia High School.
It should be said that the game was put together in rapid fashion as Friday’s originally scheduled opponent, San Marino, was not available to play. Paraclete was willing to make the drive from the high desert to compete against the Wildcats.
Monrovia got the ball to start the game and made progress driving the ball down field to the Spirit 31. On fourth down Noah Rodriguez’s pass fell incomplete turning the ball over on downs to Paraclete.
The Spirits wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard when on their first offensive play from scrimmage, Bankhead called is own number from the wildcat formation, cut through the left side of the Wildcat defense and was gone 69-yards to paydirt. After the extra point Paraclete had a 7-0 lead with 9:16 left in the first.
The Wildcats came back to tie the game with 8:44 left in the opening period. Carlos Hernandez gave Monrovia good field position returning the ensuing kickoff to his own 48. From there a 47-yard pass play set the Wildcats up deep in Spirit territory. Justice Yullie did the honors of finishing the drive with 3-yard run. Brice Cusick added the extra point to tie the game at seven.
It was the last time the Wildcats would be tied for the remainder of the game as Paraclete peeled off 28 unanswered points on touchdown runs of one, 43, 22 and 17-yards by none other that Bankhead.
Down 35-7 the Wildcats managed their las score of the evening with 1:22 left in the first half. Rodriguez connected again with Hernandez on a 49-yard catch and run. Cusick missed the point after this time and Monrovia trailed 35-13. Hernandez finished the night hauling in nine passes for 175-yards and the touchdown.
Paraclete extended their advantage back to 42-13 just a few seconds later on a 30-yard run by Bankhead. The drive was set but by Caiou Chatman who returned the Monrovia kick off to the Wildcat 30.
Another Bankhead touchdown to start the second half would cap the night for the senior running back.
Burgos who was perfect on the night in extra points, came on to boot a 29 yard field goal to end the scoring barrage for Paraclete.
Up next for Monrovia will be a matchup at home with Sierra Vista while Paraclete will travel to Damien High School.