In a matchup between two teams just a step behind La Mirada for first in the Suburban League, the rushing attacks of the Mayfair Monsoons and the Artesia Pioneers figured to highlight the game. However, it was Mayfair who controlled the game on both the offensive and defensive lines en route to a 37-7 victory.
Artesia started the game with a fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Mayfair was unable to capitalize, but a Diego Campos punt put the Pioneers on their own one-yard line, resulting in a safety on the next play to put the Soons up 2-0.
Artesia responded with a long drive to take a 7-2 lead late in the first quarter, but that was all they could muster. Behind the efforts of the Monsoon defense who prevented the high-powered Artesia rushing attack from any more sustained drives and the offensive line who opened up the running game, Mayfair took over.
Senior running back Traveon Anderson got things started for the Soons early in the second quarter, taking a 14 yard rush to the end zone for a 9-7 lead.
An interception by Chino Nlemuwa set up an 80-yard drive for Mayfair, punctuated by a 46-yard touchdown run for Abrie Sumlin, giving the Soons a 16-7 lead.
Anderson got back into the mix on Mayfair’s next drive, rushing for 69 of Mayfair’s 80 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown rush, on an eight play drive just before the half to take a 23-7 lead. An interception by Mark Gitonga preserved a 23-7 halftime lead for the Soons.
Coming out of the locker rooms, Anderson went straight back to work, adding 56 more rushing yards and a third touchdown on the first drive of the second half while the defense continued to hold the Pioneers in check.
Kai Emmsley added a fourth quarter touchdown to bring the game to its final score of 37-7.
With the win the Monsoons move to 4-3 on the season and 3-0 in league play. Next up is Mayfair’s Homecoming Game against Bellflower next week, October 21, at Ron Yary Stadium.