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Monarchs dominate Vikings 56-24 at Milne Stadium Friday

The Manzano High School Monarchs dominated the Valley High School Vikings 56-24 Friday via an offensive explosion led by quarterback Angel Gonzales and running back Corey Morrow. The Monarchs scored first on a one-yard touchdown plunge by Morrow very early in the first quarter.

When the Vikings got the ball they turned it right back over to the Monarchs. But Valley got good defense from Dominic Brown who sacked Angel Gonzales on the next play. Morrow ran for 11 yards to pickup the Monarchs. Angel Gonzales threw a pass into the end zone intended for Josh Alvarez but the ball fell harmlessly to the turf. The quarterback recovered and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Walker.

Manzano went for the two-point conversion and Morrow carried the ball into the end zone for a 14-0 lead. Valley quarterback Bo Coleman ran for 11 yards when the Vikings took over at their own 23 yard line. The quarterback tried to hit Robert Armijo with a pass but the receiver couldn't make the catch. Valley punted and Morrow was tackled by Isaac Stevens on Manzano's first play. But Walker brought the crowd to their feet by catching a screen pass from Angel Gonzales and running 51 yards to Valley's 23 yard line.

The Monarchs moved closer to the goal line on a six-yard reception by Josh Alvarez. Then Angel Gonzales kept the ball and ran 16 yards into the end zone for another touchdown. Alyn Melloy kicked the extra point to give Manzano a 21-0 lead. Valley's Troy Giddings returned the kickoff to the 16 yard line where he was tackled by Eric Tidwell. Coleman wanted to throw a pass to Esteban Loera but nothing worked for Valley on this possession. So Coleman tried to punt on fourth down only to have his kick blocked by Cameron McMahon. Walker was johnny on the spot as he picked up the loose ball and took it into the end zone.

With Valley trailing 28-0 something happened that they really needed to lift their spirits. Giddings, wearing number 88 on his shirt, ran the kickoff back 88 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was no good so the score was 28-6. Valley scored again in the second quarter when Aaron Molina made a one-handed catch of Coleman's pass in the corner of the end zone. The third quarter was Valley's best offensive and defensive quarter of the game. Coleman struck again when he dropped back and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Molina.

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