LAFAYETTE — At halftime Saturday, Monarch honored its 2002 football team, which edged Golden for the Class 4A championship.
This meeting between the teams wasn’t nearly as close.
Monarch clobbered the visiting Demons 49-0 at Warrior Stadium, as seven different Coyotes found the end zone in the 4A Mountain League opener.
“Of course you want to look your best and play your best with them here,” Monarch center Logan Shapiro said. “They won a championship in 2002 and we want to win one here in 2012. You want to have them be proud of you and show that you’re representing the school well.”
It was a far cry from the 42-35 shootout between the teams 10 years prior, when Golden quarterback Mark Melancon (now a reliever with the Boston Red Sox) led a Demons comeback attempt but couldn’t trump four touchdowns by Bill Hill.
Monarch (5-1, 1-0) scored four touchdowns in the first quarter Saturday, although they were widely distributed. Even quarterback Cole Watson got into the act with a 6-yard TD pass to Kyle Billingsly. Watson added a running touchdown in the second quarter as the No. 4 Coyotes built a 42-0 halftime lead.
“It was a fun game,” said Watson, who went 3-for-5 for 82 yards. “We were able to run some of the things we experiment with in practice. It was good to finally unleash it.”
The Coyotes racked up 429 yards (347 on the ground) in an early-morning contest that featured a mercy-rule running clock midway through the second quarter. While it’s rare for a high school game to start before noon, this one was finished before then.
Ethan Marks took the opening play 67 yards for a touchdown and fullback Brandon Pape added a 61-yarder in the first quarter. Eleven different Coyotes carried the ball, with Pape (97 yards on five carries) leading the way.
“We wanted look sharp, execute well and just be crisp in everything we did,” Monarch coach Phil Bravo said. “We knew Golden was struggling, but we respected them. We knew 10 years ago they were playing on this field in December for a state championship.”
Paris Salas (98 receiving yards, 68 rushing) had his moments for Golden, but the Demons (1-5, 0-1) struggled defensively against whichever back Monarch used. Golden also turned it over three times, with Monarch’s Bruce Oliver and Jaylen Alexander recording interceptions. Oliver also had a fumble recovery.
About 15 players from the 2002 squad participated in the halftime ceremony and watched the current Coyotes carry on the tradition. Included was Matt Clary, a wingback, receiver and defensive back on the title team whose brother, Geoff, is a current starting defensive back.
“It’s weird to believe it’s 10 years already,” Matt Clary said. “Seeing some of these guys, not a lot has changed except what they’re doing in life.”
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MONARCH 49, GOLDEN 0
At Warrior Stadium
Golden (1-5, 0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Monarch (5-1, 1-0) 28 14 7 0 — 49
Monarch — Ethan Marks 67 run (run failed).
Monarch — Billingsly 5 pass from Cole Watson (Marks run).
Monarch — Braden Pape 61 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Philip Bubernak 4 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Watson 1 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Harrison Leachman 11 run (Patrick Nasiatka kick).
Monarch — Toby Grace 1 run (Nasiatka kick).
First downs 9 22
Rushes-yards 25-104 41-347
Passing yards 115 82
Comp-Att-Int 3-5-0 4-13-2
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 6-30 3-25
RUSHING — Golden: Salas 14-68, Johnson 1-12, Malone 3-11, Barrela 5-10, Swim 2-3; Monarch: Pape 5-97, Marks 2-77, Leachman 9-52, Bubernak 7-38, Sloan 3-28, Stevens 2-25, Oliver 3-15, Watson 3-8, Waddle 2-7, Grace 2-1, Lehman 3-(-1).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Golden: Barrela 3-11-2, 88 yards, Oertli 1-1-0, 27 yards; Monarch: Watson 3-5-0, 82 yards.
RECEIVING — Golden: Salas 2-98, Swim 1-11, Alexeyeva 1-6; Monarch: Leachman 1-58, Gamblin 1-19, Billingsly 1-6.