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Serra Padres vs Mitty Monarchs

Posted September 30, 2012 by in

Week 5 Game of the Week features two unbeaten teams, the Serra Padres and the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs.  As expected, special teams played a huge role in this one.

The biggest play of the night came in the first quarter on the ensuing kick off after Mitty just tied the game up marching the ball down field with less than 2 minutes left in the opening quarter.  Angelo Arco took the kick off from the Padres 18 and stepped on the gas pedal 81 yards to the end zone reseting the Monarchs’ momentum back to zero and igniting the visiting crowd as he crosses the goal line.  Serra never looked back after taking a 14-7 lead.

Monarchs QB Wyatt Hansen came out gunning to start things off with a 29 yard strike to his running back Kyle Evans who ran a wheel route to the right side.  With two Padres within a couple of feet away, Hansen perfectly threw the ball right between the numbers of Evans.  Hansen, looking to do the same on the left side two plays later but Serra figured things out immediately and picked the ball off at about the 44 of Mitty. Malakai Green stepped right in front of Evans for the interception.

Serra would advance the ball with short passes to Hamilton Anoa’i, short runs by Eric Redwood and Fia Malepeai.  Serra’s opening drive would end with Redwood plunging in the zone right behind his big blockers Isiah Aluti and Peter Comaroto giving the Padres a 7-0 lead.

Mitty would come right back however and advance the ball with Hansen sticking with the game plan.  The fearless QB orchestrated the series with some short runs including two big plays.  The first was a pass to Daniel Mosko in the flats where Mosko found some real estate picking up a chunk of yardage and taking the ball pass midfield.  The next big play came a few seconds later when Hansen threw a perfect spiral to Andrew Scott who made a nice grab with two Padres on his back.  Scott was a yard short of the goal line but Hansen was quick to call his own number for the QB sneak to tie it up 7-7.

The Padres kick return was one of two key special teams play that helped Serra win over Mitty.  Late in the second quarter, the Padres elected to kick a 21 yard field goal after getting stopped by the Monarchs in the red-zone.  Anthony Toms puts it thru the uprights and extend the Padres lead to 17-7.

Just before the half, Mitty would strike back with a big play of their own.  Mosko ran a sweep right all the way for a 75 yard touch down cutting the deficit down to 17-14.

Arco’s kick off return was not the only momentum killer for the Monarchs.  In the second half, Serra countered with Arco running a delayed sprint up the middle.  With Mitty keying in and anticipating a Redwood run, Arco was left unattended and got thru the middle un-touched, 55 yards to the end zone extending the lead 24-14.

With the clock winding down in the third, Mitty got going on the ground.  Hansen perfectly executed the draw to Chandler Ramirez who powered his way all the way to the two.  Ramirez would finished the drive with a punch up the gut to close the score gap 24-21.

The Padres would remain consistent with the ground assault opening up the fourth quarter with a power play to Redwood for a 64 yard score.  The senior running back rushed for 200 yards with two touch downs.  Redwood’s touch down made it 30-21 with plenty of football left to play.

With the Monarchs defense clamping down on the Serra offense and a series of penalty flags going against the Padres, opportunities were presented to the Mitty offense.  But costly errors prevented the Monarchs from capitalizing on the opportunities.  With about 9 minutes left in the game, Hansen ran an option right pitching the ball to… nobody.  Hansen would recover his own pitched fumble but the miscommunication left the Monarchs in a third an long situation and eventually had to turn the ball over on downs.  An identical miscue also happened in the first half.

The Monarchs would fight on to the end.  With less than two minutes left in the game, Hansen would take charge running the ball, throwing the ball and making plays.  Needing to desperately score, Hansen unleashes a 35 yard bomb to the zone intended for Goularte Dakota but the ball is picked off by Serra’s safety Nick Maka ending any hope of a thrilling come back.

Serra, overall looked like a championship team.  With an undefeated record, they look like a State Championship team.  The rest of the Serra’s WCAL schedule should sharpen the Padres up for the big Nor-Cal playoffs, assuming that they go undefeated in league and win CCS.

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Alforde Joaquin

ALF’s passion for shooting and editing has earned him several awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006 for Videography. He was also a nominee for the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Videography. A 6-time Emmy recipient for five different categories: Director/Producer, Videography, Editing, Feature Segment and Sound Mixing, Alf has produced over 1,000 video segments and is committed to developing GetSportsFocus as one of the best sports video magazine on the web.


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