Football: Monarchs get monkey off their back with home win
Exeter rushes for 517 yards in first win at their new stadium, beats Hanford West 62-27
By Paul Myers
EXETER – The Exeter Monarchs finally gave their home crowd fans a win on their new turf. It is their first since Oct. 14, 2016 when the Chris Frankland led Exeter squad beat Immanuel 28-6. And they did it in spectacular fashion.
By the end of last Friday’s 62-27 drubbing of the Hanford West Huskies, the Monarchs amassed 517 rushing yards on 46 carries. Toting the rock 20 times for 252 of those yards was Tyler Reser. The senior brute rumbled over and through would be tacklers all night long, and found the endzone five times.
“It feels good to have that kind of production. But really, it’s about my offensive line. They opened up huge holes for me,” Reser said.
His first score were the games first points on Exeter’s first drive. Reser ran up the middle 22 yards and pushed his way through several tacklers on his way to the end zone. Scoring was child’s play for Reser when he got within the five-yard line in the second quarter. From four yards out, he practically walked in to give his team a 28-7 lead. By the third quarter he broke a 23-yard run for another touchdown.
But the line did not just open up holes for Reser, running back Nathaniel Heath consistently slashed through the defense. Nearly matching Reser’s production, with a couple scores of his own, Heath rushed 21 times for 247 yards.
Adding to Exeter’s jubilation was the sentimental value of getting the first “W” on their field, even if some knew the win would come.
“I knew it was going to come eventually. But in my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have thought the score would be this lopsided,” head coach Keirsten Lamb said.
For players the win is great, every win is, but remembering last year’s class who did not get the victory was still on Reser’s mind.
“Last year the field was being built and it was sad because we couldn’t get the seniors their win from last year. It had been so long,” Reser added.
Exeter’s victory is their second of the season and put them at 1-1 in Central Sequoia League play. But the fact remains the Huskies are a struggling division five team who have not won a game all year, and Exeter has some formidable opponents left on their schedule. This Friday they play the Selma Bears who are also 1-1 in league but 3-4 overall having beat Sunnyside, Washington Union and Hanford West, and lost in a tight matchup 57-55 in overtime to Madera who is currently 4-3.
Nonetheless, Lamb says the Monarchs have a real chance at taking down the Bears at home this Friday. The win would be retribution for letting a close 26-21 loss slip through their fingers last year. He added it’ll be important to keep his team grounded in practice this week after having such a large win.
“I’m going to tell them they have to do the same things they had to do tonight but against a much tougher opponent,” Lamb said.