Porterville’s ball hawking defense and passing attack proved too much for Monache, as the Panthers cruised to a 32-16 victory and a championship in the Lindsay 7-on-7 Tournament on Saturday.
Porterville DB Joe Duran picked off three of Monache QB Miguel Rivas’ passes.
“I was just closing out the gaps fast enough and analyzing the ball,” Duran said about his interceptions. “When I saw the ball come off, I just broke on the ball.”
Fellow Panther DB Courtland Duckworth also had an interception, for a total of four picks for the Porterville defense.
On the offensive side, Duckworth caught five passes for 52 yards and one touchdown.
Porterville starting QB Cody Henwood completed 11-of-15 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions, giving the Panthers a 32-0 lead before being relieved.
Rivas completed 12-of-22 passes for 169 and two touchdowns to four interceptions. His leading receivers were Jorge “Rat” Moreno, with four catches for 44 yards, and David Renteria, with one catch for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Porterville got to the championship matchup by knocking off Kingsburg in the semifinals, in a rematch of the 2010 Division III Valley Championship. Monache advanced to the finals by defeating Mt. Whitney in the semifinals.
LINDSAY 7-ON-7 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
PORTERVILLE 32, MONACHE 16
Saturday at Lindsay
POR – Interception: Duckworth
POR – Duckworth 1 pass from Henwood (2Pt no good), 30:30
POR – Interception: Joe Duran, 28:40
POR – Cardenas 10 pass from Henwood (2Pt good), 25:25
POR – Interception: Joe Duran, 24:20
POR – Jordan Duran 10 pass from Henwood (XPt no good), 21:00
POR – Interception: Joe Duran, 19:09
MON – Sack, 15:43
MON – Sack
MON – Say 18 pass from Rivas (2Pt good), 10:46
MON – Renteria 45 pass from Rivas (XPt no good), 7:15
RUSHING – Porterville, Forrester 2-27. Monache 0-0.
PASSING – Porterville, Henwood 11-15-0 113, Chester 10-19-0 99. Monache, Rivas 12-22-4 169.
RECEIVING – Porterville, Duckworth 5-52, Cardenas 5-45, Joe Duran 2-32, Jordan 2-19, Martinez 3-19, Juan 1-18, Duque 2-17, Luis 1-10. Monache, Team 5-55, Renteria 1-45, Moreno 4-44, Say 1-18, Aguila 1-7.
* Rosters were not available and parents did not know every player’s name.
** All scores and results will be posted as soon as received.