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Monrovia Flags Down a Victory

Anthony Craft had two touchdown catches and an interception.

By Tim Peterson, Sports Editor

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By Tim Peterson

San Dimas,CA – Anthony Craft caught two touchdow passes and Blake Heyworth threw for 210 yards to lead Monrovia to a 35-23 win over San Dimas Friday night. The Wildcats prevailed despite having four touchdowns called back.

Monrovia reached 35 in an unuual fashion. They scored four touchdowns, a two point conversion and had three extra point attempts blocked. Mason Bryant also booted three field goals.

Darione Jones, who rushed for 80 yards had touchdown runs of ten and 28 yards called back in the fourth quarter. Gevontray Ainsworth had a 30 yard reception for a score called back and Craft stepped in front of a Josh Avila pass and returned it 55 yards to the house just before halftime, only to see a yellow flag on the field and the big play was nullified.

“We had four touchdowns called back. We made this game closer than it really was,” said Monrovia Coach Ryan Maddox. “You can’t put it on the refs. We can’t make those penalties whatever the case may be. We’ve got to clean it up. But I’m very proud of the way we played. This game was a good step forward for us. We’re progressing and that’s what we want to do right now.”

Craft did haul in a 43 yard touchdown pass from Heyworth midway through the third quarter to give Monrovia a comfortable 29-16 lead. San Dimas came right back when Mitchell Giles intercepted Heyworth and returned it to the Wildcat 30. Five plays and a pass interference penalty later, Jake Payton scored on a nine yard run to get the Saints within six.

While Monrovia was shutting down San Dimas in the fourth, Bryant hit a pair of field goals from 39 and 31 yards out to ice it. San Dimas went for it on a fourth and one from its own 29 with 8:41 left but was denied by the Wildcat front. Bryant then turned that into three points for the Cats.

In the first half there were five lead changes. After a bad snap, a fumble and a safety gave San Dimas a 2-0 lead, the Saints fumbled the kick off and Monrovia recovered. Heyworth made them pay with a quick 17 yard touchdown strike to Craft for a 6-2 M-Town lead. Craft had three catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

San Dimas answered when Payton scampered 55 yards for a score to recapture the lead. Monrovia brushed it off and drove 62 yards on ten plays to regain the advantage. Louis Javier was on the end of a eight yard Heyworth pass.

The Saints had one more punch to throw. They marched 80 yards for a touchdown with Josh Avila finding Andrew Espinoza for a 17 yard TD pass and San Dimas was on top again 16-12. That was the last time the Saints led.

Ainsworth scored on an eight yard run and Brett Walsh caught a two point conversion pass. After Craft’s pick to paydirt was deleted by laundry, Monrovia settled for a 38 yard Bryant field goal. For a 29-16 halftime lead.

The Cats then settled the game in the second half.

Payton was the man for San Dimas, rushing 20 times for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Espinoza had five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Ainsworth joined Jones in the Cat rushing attack with 141 yards and a score. He also had a big touchdown run called back.

Monrovia, (2-1), gets South Hills next week followed by St. Francis. San Dimas, (3-1), is at Wilson.

“It doesn’t get any easier for us,” Maddox said.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Monrovia Flags Down a Victory