LAFAYETTE - Mountain View stayed close to Monarch for a half, but when the third quarter started the Coyotes ran away from the Lions.

Cole Polluconi rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns and the No. 8-ranked Coyotes shook off last week's loss to Windsor with a 35-13 win over Mountain View on Friday night.

The Coyotes (7-1, 2-1 4A Northern League) ran for 230 yards. They threw just twice in the second half when they rushed for 177 yards.

"We wore on them," Monarch coach Phil Bravo said. "We made some changes in our blocking schemes at halftime that really helped and our defense tightened up."

Polluconi led the way with 126 of his yards after halftime, and added a 26-yard reception that set up Monarch's last touchdown.

Mountain View (2-6, 0-3) was hurt by turnovers. The Mountain Lions had two fumbles and two interceptions, and the Coyotes turned them into points.

"We were going shot for shot for a while and the turnovers are the ones you can't have," Mountain View coach Bart Mayes said. "Offensively we put our defense in some bad spots."

The Mountain Lions took the opening drive 63 yards on 10 plays and scored on Contreras' four-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.

They had a chance for more when Monarch muffed a punt on their first drive but the Coyotes defense held and a 55-yard interception return by Jackson Bennett led to Polluconi's first touchdown.


"We had a slow start on our first drive but our line really figured it out after that and figured out what their D was doing," Polluconi said. "Our line did a good job tonight."

Mountain View missed a field goal and then a bizarre sequence led to Monarch's second score. The Coyotes were driving but two 15-yard penalties on the same play made it second-and-31 near midfield.

They punted on fourth-and-24 but a holding call changed strategy, and quarterback CJ Schmanski hit Brenden Christensen on a fourth down pass to keep the drive going.

Polluconi scored a play later to give Monarch the lead, and then they steamrolled the Mountain Lions in the second half. Mountain View had three turnovers in the second half.

Polluconi and Ricky Stimac scored on three-yard runs and Max Laychak ran one in from the 12 that made it 35-7.

"Against a team like Monarch that ends up being the difference in the game," Mayes said. "You can't give them any extra possessions."

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Monarch 35, Mountain View 13

At Spangenberg Field

Mountain View (2-6, 0-3)7006—13

Monarch (7-1, 2-1)77147—35

First quarter

MV — Erik Contreras 4 run (Kamden Carwin kick). MOHI — Cole Polluconi 1 run (Tyler Lanphear kick).

Second quarter

MOHI — Polluconi 11 run (Lanphear kick).

Third quarter

MOHI — Polluconi 3 run (Lanphear kick). MOHI — Ricky Stimac 3 run (Lanphear kick).

Fourth quarter

MOHI — Max Laychak 12 run (Lanphear kick). MV — Peyton Mayes 8 run (kick failed).


RUSHING — Mountain View: Erik Contreras 13-52, Peyton Mayes 9-46, Chad Baumann 6-14. Monarch: Cole Polluconi 27-168, Ricky Stimac 9-38, Ethan Plott 4-21, Max Laychak 7-18, CJ Schmanski 1-(-15).

PASSING — Mountain View: Mayes 18-26-2-208. Monarch: Schmanski 4-9-0-70, Ben Cole 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING — Mountain View: Baylor Brigham 4-77, Cooper Dean 4-47, Baumann 3-37, Contreras 4-31, Tobin Armstrong 2-15, Haden Marr 1-1. Monarch: Brenden Christensen 2-30, Polluconi 1-26, Laychak 1-5.