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September 9, 2009 > Mt. Eden falls in 2009 opener

Mt. Eden falls in 2009 opener

By Biff Jones

Mt. Eden of Hayward opened its 2009 football season at Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton on Saturday, Sept. 5. SHP was coming off the 2008 season as runner-up in the Central Coast Section (CCS) small schools (by enrollment) post season playoffs. Mt. Eden finished 3-4 in the 2008 Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) but only 3-7 overall, so they would have their work cut-out for them in the opener.

SHP took the opening kick-off from ME and drove the distance to take a 7-0 lead at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter. On the ME Monarchs' first offensive possession, senior quarterback Joe Latu found senior wide receiver Chris Salinas on a 45-yard pass play. However, the drive stalled and ME was unable to convert any points.

Later, senior Co-Captain Antoine Williams recovered a fumble at the SHP 46-yard line with 4:20 to play in the first. Again, the Monarchs could not cash in and the quarter ended 7-0.

Second quarter saw the SHP Gators score two more touchdowns to extend the lead to
21-0 at the half. One of the scores came after a bad snap from center on a punt attempt. This gave the ball to SHP on the Monarchs' one-yard line.

In the third quarter, Latu found Williams for 20- and 29-yard pass completions on the same drive, but again, ME could not convert them into points. Gators added a fourth TD with 1:17 to play in the third, but the try for the extra-point was blocked by Williams and
the quarter ended 27-0.

Fourth quarter saw SHP add one more TD at the 7:33 mark and the game ended 34-0 as the Monarchs had trouble mustering a running game to add to their passing attack.

Latu was 5-13 with two interceptions, both coming on tipped passes, and ME lost one fumble while covering three of the Gators. However, the Monarchs only had 72 yards net rushing to SHP's 384.

Penalties were the Monarch's worst enemy as they had 11 for 90 yards to the Gator's 3 for 35 yards.

Next up for Head Coach George Mitsopoulos' Monarchs is at Campolindo of Moraga on Friday, Sept, 11. First home game is Friday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., vs. Amador Valley of Pleasanton.

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