The Mayfair Monsoons of the Suburban League and the La Salle Lancers of the Angelus League came into Friday night’s first round CIF-SS division 9 matchup as two run-heavy teams averaging over 200 rushing yards per game. Both teams stuck with what they have done all season, but it was the Lancers who prevailed, outscoring the Monsoons 20-7 in a chippy second half en route to a 27-7 victory behind senior running back Amon Milliner’s 187-yard, three-touchdown performance.
A 7-play, 70-yard drive capped off by a 36-yard touchdown run for Milliner provided the lone score of a lackluster first half. Both defenses kept the offenses in check as the high-powered rushing attacks were limited to only 133 yards between the two teams.
After the rough offensive first half, Mayfair came out out of the locker rooms with a bang. Senior running back Traveon Anderson picked up 61 of his 127 rushing yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run, on the Soon’s first drive to tie the game at 7-7.
From there, however, it was all La Salle. Milliner only had three carries in the second half, but he made them count, scoring from 66 and 62 yards on consecutive offensive plays to give the Lancers a 21-7 lead with 3:13 left in the third. Senior quarterback Jake Caan added to the lead when he found senior receiver Harrison McDonald for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth to put La Salle up 27-7.
Mayfair was unable to respond as things got heated and the teams combined for ten personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the last 15 minutes of the game.
Several late hits by both teams led to multiple scuffles and stoppages of play as the refs sorted through penalties, but it was the Monsoons who suffered most with seven second half penalties for 85 yards.
After the Monsoons (6-5) averaged over 200 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns per game during the season, the Lancer defense limited them (6-5) to 167 rushing yards and one touchdown.
With the win, the Lancers (7-4) advance to face third-seeded Silverado in the second round of CIF.