Gal­van eclipses 1,000 yards

Ma­raud­ers top Tigers 37-13

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By NAYIRAH DOSU ndosu@porter­villere­corder.com

A 94-yard kick­off re­turned for a touch­down — that’s how Ai­dan Gal­van made his in­tro­duc­tion on the open­ing kick­off of one of the most im­por­tant games of his ca­reer.

By the end of Monache High School’s 37-13 win over De­lano in Thurs­day’s East Yosemite League game at Ja­cob Rankin Sta­dium, Gal­van had added 177 yards and two touch­downs on 24 car­ries to his game to­tal. The amount brought the Monache ju­nior’s sea­son to­tal to 1,173 rush­ing yards, mak­ing it the first time Gal­van eclipsed the 1,000-yard rush­ing mark in his ca­reer.

“Hon­estly, it’s a big ac­com­plish­ment,” Gal­van said. “I’ve come a long way try­ing to un­der­stand all the block­ing schemes and just trust my line­men that they’ll give me a good solid 5-yard push and then I just try to make the rest hap­pen.”

Last sea­son in his first year on var­sity, Gal­van fin­ished with just 714 rush­ing yards and six touch­downs through 11 games. This year with just eight games un­der his belt, Gal­van has rushed for not only 1,173 yards, but 18 touch­downs as well. He’s had five games with 100-or-more yards and is av­er­ag­ing 146.6 yards a game.

“The dif­fer­ence is, hon­estly, the con­fi­dence I have in my line,” Gal­van said. “Last year with a new coach, a new of­fense .... [I] didn’t re­ally

know the plays, didn’t re­ally know how things de­velop. Now I know ev­ery­thing and now I feel a lot more com­fort­able.”

The night wasn’t just spe­cial for Gal­van, but for MHS head coach Chris Fran­k­land as well. In his postgame talk with the team, Fran­k­land told the Ma­raud­ers (6-2, 2-1 EYL) that Gal­van was his first 1,000-yard rusher of his coach­ing ca­reer.

“He means a lot more than 1,000 yards,” Fran­k­land said af­ter­wards. “De­fen­sively, and some­times he’s just the grown up in the room, I guess would be the way to put it. He stud­ies, he’s out go­ing through o-line stuff and sit­ting in on their meet­ings and all of that. So he’s earned that. I’m re­ally happy for him, I’m re­ally proud of him. But to try and put a num­ber on his im­pact of our team, 1,000 is not even close to that. And I’m just re­ally happy for him and I told him that tonight.”

Af­ter his open­ing touch­down, Gal­van scored the team’s next touch­down on a 17-yard run up the mid­dle, and then took the hand­off for a suc­cess­ful 2-point con­ver­sion to put the Ma­raud­ers up 15-0. Gal­van, who dou­bles as one of the team’s top de­fen­sive backs, scored his last touch­down on a 32yard run at the end of the third quar­ter.

With both their run and pass­ing game click­ing against the Tigers (3-5, 0-3 EYL), the Ma­raud­ers ex­er­cised flex­i­bil­ity with se­nior quar­ter­back An­to­nio An­drade and their pre­dom­i­nantly ju­nior re­ceiv­ing corps.

An­drade went 11-of20 for 146 yards and two touch­downs, with ju­niors Tori Pow­ell and Mar­cus Salazar on the re­ceiv­ing end of 38-yard and 34yard touch­downs, re­spec­tively. An­drade tar­geted six dif­fer­ent re­ceivers, with Pow­ell fin­ish­ing with a team-high 75 yards on four re­cep­tions. Pow­ell and se­nior Troy Car­los also had one re­cep­tion each for suc­cess­ful 2-point con­ver­sions. Se­nior Omar Meza was 1-of-1 on ex­tra points.

Aid­ing the Ma­raud­ers in the run game was ju­nior Trayvon Brad­ford with 43 yards on three car­ries and se­nior Adrian Santonoc­ito with 44 yards on eight car­ries. “It’s like, when it starts hit­ting at the right time and you can throw the ball and you can run the ball, we try to be dif­fi­cult to de­fend,” Fran­k­land said. “We try to put stress on cer­tain ar­eas. And those com­ple­tions tonight al­lowed us to do that against De­lano...[an­drade] re­ally made the throws when it mat­tered, and I was re­ally happy for him tonight, and our young re­ceiver crew is get­ting bet­ter ev­ery week.”

De­lano went into half time down 23-0 but benched start­ing se­nior quar­ter back f ernie fer­rell for ju­nior Aaron Chavez, who al­lowed the Tigers to ex­pand their pass­ing game with his arm. On the open­ing drive of the third quar­ter, Chavez com­pleted a 20-yard touch­down pass to Ser­gio Gon­za­lez and Car­los Ceja’s kick was good for the Tigers’ first seven points.

The Tigers scored again in the fourth on a two-play drive started from their own 38-yard line. A 30yard pass to Is­rael Valle set up a 32-yard touch­down run by An­thony Mur­guia for the fi­nal score of the game. Monache se­nior Jarek Bosquez blocked Ceja’s ex­tra point.

“I think our coach­ing staff put our de­fense in a cou­ple bad po­si­tions in the sec­ond half and I’ll take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for it,” Fran­k­land said. “We’re very big on prepa­ra­tion and pre­par­ing for a team, and they threw a wrin­kle [in with Chavez]. They were a lot more open, ran a lot more counter, ran a lot more draw. We didn’t pre­pare like that, like we should have and that’s on me. I’ll take re­spon­si­bil­ity for it. But I think we got stops, the pick down there. The kids are still bat­tling, still com­pet­ing. So I was re­ally proud of them in spite of some of the calls our coach­ing staff made de­fen­sively.”

The Ma­raud­ers didn’t have the clean­est game of the sea­son with Brad­ford, An­drade and Pow­ell all hav­ing one fum­ble. How­ever, sopho­more Ju­lian Rowe did in­ter­cept Chavez and Bosquez re­cov­ered a fum­ble caused by sopho­more Hunter Weimer. Monache ju­nior Taven Avila also caused, and then re­cov­ered, a fum­ble.

Next week, Monache trav­els to Tu­lare for a 7 p.m. game against Tu­lare Western (7-0, 2-0 EYL) on Thurs­day, Oct. 18.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Monache High School’s Ai­dan Gal­van runs with the ball Thurs­day dur­ing the first half of a game against De­lano High School at Ja­cob Rankin Sta­dium in Porter­ville.

RECORDER PHOTO BY CHIEKO HARA

Monache High School’s Tori Pow­ell runs in a touch­down Thurs­day dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of a game at Ja­cob Rankin Sta­dium in Porter­ville.

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