By Tim Peterson
(Bellflower) – Mayfair jumped out in front early and finished it off late in a 52-21 rout of Mt. Miguel Saturday night in the Division 3-A State Regional Bowl.
The Monsoons raced out to a 35-7 lead in the second quarter, had it cut to 35-21 at halftime, and then shut out Mt. Miguel in the second half for the 31-point victory.
CJ Johnson ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremiah Calvin threw for 209 yards and two scores and also ran for a touchdown.
The Monsoons defense also forced four Mt. Miguel turnovers including two late interceptions. Mt. Miguel actually got on the board first on its first possession of the game. Christian Lopez finished off a 79-yard march with a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.
Mayfair then scored five consecutive touchdowns. Johnson scored on a two-yard run to tie it and then after Mt. Miguel fumbled in its own end the Monsoons cashed in again. On the first play of the series Calvin hit Aidan Sullivan for a 26-yard touchdown.
Ryan Heredia scored on a 11-yard run late in the first quarter and early in the second quarter Mayfair took advantage of a short field when Calvin scored on a 15-yard run.
Heredia capped a 78-yard march with a 10-yard run and with 5:12 left in the second quarter the Monsoons were in cruise control up 35-7.
The Matadors made it interesting late in the second quarter when Parris Vernon found the endzone on consecutive possessions. First he scored on a one-yard plunge and then with 32 seconds left in the first half he hauled in an 18-yard TD strike from Matthew Barton.
Mayfair took a 35-21 lead into the half.
After a scoreless third quarter the Monsoons put it away in the fourth. Rocco Mercado booted a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth and Sean James Jonas made a nice grab in the endzone of a 25-yard dart from Calvin.
After a Justyn Smith interception Johnson scored his second of the night on a two-yard run as the Monsoons topped the 50 mark. Chaz Gilbreath also had a pick for Mayfair that helped shutout Mt. Miguel over the last two quarters.
Gilbreath had a good night on offense as well with five receptions for 69 yards.
Mayfair improved to 12-3 overall and will play for the Division 3-A championship next weekend. Mt. Miguel finished the season with CIF Championship and an overall record of 11-4.