Five minutes into the game, the Mayfair Monsoons looked primed to give California’s 11th ranked La Mirada Matadors a run for the Suburban League title. The Monsoons opened with an 8-play, 56-yard drive capped off by senior Traveon Anderson punching it in from the 1-yard line to take a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing Matador drive, an offensive holding had the Matadors facing a 2&17 and Mayfair looking like it could get a stop.Then La Mirada struck, and they struck fast, rattling off 28 unanswered points en route to a 63-13 victory to claim the Suburban League championship for the third year in a row.
The Matadors scored on four consecutive drives in the first half, averaging less than two minutes per drive. Quarterback Tristan Meyer found receivers Chad Wilson and Jeremy Clark for touchdowns of 38 and 37 yards respectively while running back Nick Hernandez joined in with two first half touchdowns and 107 yards on 10 carries. As a result, the Matadors enjoyed a 28-7 lead three minutes into the second quarter.
Mayfair showed some life with a methodical 13-play, 80-yard drive over 8 minutes to set up a 5-yard Anderson touchdown, sending the Monsoons to the half down 28-13, yet looking rejuvenated. Anderson rushed for 47 yards on the drive while also picking up a reception for 32 yards, giving him 98 total yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half.
Coming out of the locker rooms, however, it was all La Mirada. Nick Hernandez scored his third touchdown just three minutes into the half and the Matadors rolled from there, tacking on four more touchdowns to bring the game to its final score of 63-13.
With the loss, the Monsoon’s fall to 6-4 on the season. Mayfair will be playing in the CIF division 9 bracket as the Suburban League’s second place team.
La Mirada moved to 8-2 on the season, which will likely earn them the top seed in the division 3 bracket. The brackets are to be released on Sunday, November 7.