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Story and photos by Liz Alper
October 20, 2017 (El Cajon) - ECM Friday Night Lights is back in action this week with our first-ever visit to El Cajon Valley. The Braves are struggling at 2-5 and 0-1 in league play. Tonight the Monarchs of Monte Vista paid Darryl R. Priest Field a visit. The boys in red and gold are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Grossmont League.
The Monarchs got to work early in the first quarter, recovering an El Cajon Valley fumble and handing it to junior back Elshaddai Levi, who burst through a seam up the middle for the touchdown. Levi punched it in again with five minutes left in the first. Junior back Jahmon McClendon made an appearance, bowling over the Braves for Monte Vista’s third touchdown of the quarter. The Monarchs strung together three touchdowns in 12 minutes to take a 22-0 lead after one.
The Monarchs weren’t going to let the first half end without another rushing touchdown from McClendon. He followed his offensive line into the end zone at the end of the second quarter. El Cajon Valley’s desperate field goal at the end of the half was no good and the Monarchs led 29-0 at halftime.
Levi took the running back spotlight again in the third quarter with a rushing touchdown on a clock-eating drive for his hat trick touchdown. It just got worse for ECV. Towards the end of the third, Monte Vista’s Carlos Robershaw (junior) made a pick six look easy and the Monarchs led 43-0 after three quarters.
They didn’t need to, but Monte Vista wanted to make sure the Braves felt lasting pain, so they piled on one more in the final frame. A third running back joined the touchdown party; junior Terrell Kyle. He punched it in for another Monarchs score and just like in colonial American history the Monarchs left the Braves in ruins with a 50-0 win to move to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in league. The Braves fall to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Next week, the Monarchs continue their tour of El Cajon with a visit to Granite Hills. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. The Braves travel to Santee to face Santana. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.