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September 23, 2009 > Monarchs shutout by Amador Valley

Monarchs shutout by Amador Valley

By Gary van den Heuvel

Before examining the specific details of the Mount Eden football team's September 18 contest against the Amador Valley (Pleasanton) Dons, Mt. Eden can find encouragement in the positive things that happened in the game:

* Their punting and kick return teams got a lot of valuable game experience;

* Quarterback Joe Latu showed he could take a beating and continually pick himself up and come back for more;

* This nonleague matchup has no bearing on the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) standings;

* They're not likely to lose another game this season by 58 points; and

* They dominated the time of possession in the first half. Of course, that was largely due to Amador Valley's penchant for scoring as soon as they touched the ball.

So much for looking on the bright side of the Monarchs' 58-0 loss. The harsh truth for Mt. Eden is that the points came early and often for highly-touted Amador Valley, who are considered one of the top teams in the East Bay, and the Monarchs could do nothing to dam up the tsunami of offense, defense and special teams excellence they were overwhelmed by.

The Dons scored on their first touch of the football, when Carson Ewanich zigged and zagged 50 yards on a punt return touchdown following Mt. Eden's first possession. A bad snap on the extra point attempt was handled by kicker Alex Osterholt, who scrambled and threw to an open man in the end zone for two points instead of the one point they'd initially lined up for.

It was that kind of night for the Monarchs, who were hosting the Friday night game at Chabot College. On the first play after Amador's kickoff, linebacker Danny Petros recovered a fumble resulting from a botched exchange between quarterback and center. On the next play, it was Petros again, this time on offense, catching a 41-yard TD pass from Dons QB Kean Stancil. Audible groans were expressed by the dismayed crowd.

Mere moments later, those groans started changing to laughter. The Mt. Eden supporters watched with stunned bemusement as Amador capped another ill-fated Monarchs possession with a blocked punt by James Cook. Cook recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the Dons' third touchdown. Some honorable mention should be given to the Mt. Eden fans for remaining in good humor in the face of the onslaught.

By the end of the first quarter, the Dons led 28-0 after a short four-play drive when Tyler Christensen caught an 8-yard TD pass from Stancil.

The remaining three quarters were much of the same. Amador's featured back Dalton Turay made big play after big play, running for 103 yards on nine carries, and 3 touchdowns on runs of 3, 22 and 42 yards.

Osterholt, who besides kicking and playing defensive back, ran for 73 yards and a touchdown. Stancil only threw four passes, but he completed three of them, two for touchdowns. Amador's defense made Monarchs QB Latu's night miserable, sacking him eight times before backup Will Gutierrez was sent in to absorb the punishment.

Mt. Eden will have plenty of time to lick their wounds. After a bye next week, the 0-3 Monarchs will begin their HAAL season with an October 2 road game against San Leandro, who haven't looked too impressive either - they're 0-2 and have managed just two touchdowns in their losses to powerhouses Bellarmine and Valley Christian.

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