Exeter causes rift in Chuy Cup
Monarchs’ postgame walkoff casts dark spot on memorial rivalry game against Aztecs
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – The annual Chuy Cup between Farmersville and Exeter had its eighth installment on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The friendly rivalry has held some heartfelt moments in the past, but some postgame antics on the part of the Monarchs has caused a rift between the two teams in the annual game.
Traditionally, after the Chuy Cup game, there is a presentation of the trophy. Both coaches present remarks, and players form a circle to have a prayer of remembrance for former Exeter Union High School teacher Jesus Banuelos, who died after living with brain cancer 10 years ago.
After both teams shook hands Exeter head coach Pete Renteria took his team and left the field. The unceremonious break away from the post game tradition, according to Renteria was a decision in direct retaliation to last year when the game ended in a scoreless tie because Farmersville decided not to go to penalty kicks.
Farmersville head coach Michael Jordan left the decision to participate in penalty kicks up to his players. Their decision was to end the game. Farmersville had already retrained the cup as a result of the tie as according to CIF rules which state penalty kicks are not part of preseason matches. Still, despite unrest from the Exeter crowd, who was hosting the match, the post-game ritual went according to plan.
“The kids left because I wanted to go,” Renteria said about last Tuesday’s game. “Last year, we should have gone to penalty kicks. It is whatever Mr. Jordan wants to do at the time.”
However, this year’s walk off by the Monarchs left Jordan upset.
“It was disrespectful to a man who was a very dear friend of mine. He did not honor Chuy Banuelos,” Jordan said.
According to Jordan, some Exeter players did come over, shook his hand, and reportedly apologized for their coach. Jordan hopes the rivalry will continue to be played to honor Banuelos.
Exeter and Farmersville’s Chuy Cup has had its own touching moments in the past. Notably, after Farmersville’s lone loss in the rivalry in 2014 Jordan presented the trophy to Exeter for the first time. The Monarch who accepted it was Banuelos’ son, Brandon, who was a senior. The moment transcended the game.
“I did my best not to show it, but it brought a tear to my eye,” Jordan said following the 2014 game.
Before 2014 and since the, the Aztecs have consistently controlled the game, and last Tuesday’s matchup was no different. The Aztecs controlled possession throughout the match and scored three minutes into the game on a direct kick from outside the box. They added another goal a few minutes later; then two more right before halftime.
The Monarchs tried to keep pace, but their youth hindered them. It wasn’t until late in the first half that Exeter got on the board to make the halftime score 4-1. In the second half, the Monarchs scored on a perfectly placed direct kick in the upper right corner. Yet the deficit was too great and Exeter’s chances too few.
“We just had to take some lumps in this game,” Renteria said.
Farmersville split their games at the Buchanan Tournament over the weekend. On Saturday, in muddy conditions they defeated the Kerman Lions 3-1, and the Morro Bay Pirates 2-1. Those wins were a day after Farmersville blew a 2-0 lead to the Clovis East Timberwolves to lose 4-2, and they lost to the Bakersfield Drillers 1-0.
Tonight, Farmersville opens up East Sequoia League play in Hanford against the Sierra Pacific Golden Bears at 3:15 p.m.
Exeter rebounded in the latter part of the week and, after a 3-3 tie to the Woodlake Tigers, they went undefeated at the Corcoran Tournament, winning their side of the bracket. Exeter opened up with a 2-1 win over host Corcoran. A shootout win over Kingsburg and 2-1 win over Wonderful College Prep.
Exeter travels to play the Tulare Union Tribe at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Story updated at 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 5.