FOOTBALL: Brahmas 42, Monarchs 9
by Matthew Robinson, Staff Writer
The Pierce Brahmas handled their business on both sides of the ball in their 42-9 shellacking of the Monarchs. With this loss the Monarchs drop to 3-3 overall coupled with a three-way tie for sixth place in the Pacific League.
Head coach Larry Kerr quickly got to the point in his assessment of this game and how Valley will move forward. “They [Pierce] owned the line on both sides,” he pointed out. “We are not going to feel sorry for ourselves, that doesn’t do you any good. You take 24 hours after this game, you let it hurt a little bit and then you move on to the next game.”
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Four weeks ago the Monarchs had dreams of securing their first league title in more than a decade, as well as earning their first bowl berth since rapper Tupac Shakur was alive (1995).
But receiver Lawrence Oliver put it best as to why many of the Monarchs goals for the season have been dashed, “We’re injury prone.” Injuries have crippled the seasons of nearly a dozen Monarch players including quarterback Patrick Tyler.
Furthermore, the Monarchs are in the midst of a three game losing streak and are merely playing for pride. But key players like receiver Darion Hackett refuse to give up on the season. “We’re going to come back strong next week for sure, he said. “We’re not gonna close out the season bad. We are not the type of team to just give up.”
On offense the Monarchs had trouble moving the ball or scoring points while the Brahmas (482 yards total offense) didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal offensively until the last 40 odd seconds of the game.
Valley was only able to muster 126 yards total offense on 58 plays (2.1 yards per play). Plus the offense only crossed the 50 yard line in three out of twelve possessions, with two of those possessions being aided by fumble recoveries by defensive backs Al Thornton (recovered at LAPC 25 yard line) and Hank White (returned recovery to LAPC 33).
Running back Calvin Howard (92 yards rushing) and quarterback Nick Arbuckle (236 yards total offense) were the biggest thorns in Valley’s backside on defense. Those two had a hand in five scores before Valley even scored their first points, which came courtesy of an errant snap past punter Daniel Schlorf then out of the end zone that made the score 42-2 with ten minutes left in the game.
Valley took advantage of that safety as quarterback Emilio Rodriguez (13 of 26 for 61 yards, 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception) on 4th and 11 from the LAPC 14, heaved a pass to receiver Spencer Elrod who secured the pass then dragged the necessary one leg in bounds to give him his sixth touchdown catch of the season. It was now 42-9 with 7:22 left in the game.