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September 7, 2013Dakari Monroe had a huge game as Mitty topped Los Gatos 28-14 in a Central Coast Section opener. After Los Gatos took a 14-12 lead into the locker room, the Monarchs dominated the second half to secure the win.
Mitty used its traditional triple option attack with multiple runners in the backfield. The Monarchs gave great blocks that opened up holes for runners to create a big play. Fullback Chandler Ramirez is a great fit as he's a good blocker who also contributed 107 yards on the ground. Mitty is physical, but also has plenty of speed with Monroe and Kyle Evans.
The Monarchs should be one of the better teams in the West Catholic Athletic League and may have an outside chance at a league title. They will go on the road next week to face Leland.
Los Gatos has a bruising run game led by Joey Wood, but can also test a defense due to the arm of Nick Bawden. The Wildcats used lots of screen plays for big gains to compliment the physical ground attack.
With Bawden and Wood leading the way, Los Gatos will be contenders in the competitive De Anza League. The Wildcats will have their home opener next week against Menlo-Atherton.
Nick Bawden 6-foot-3, 225 pounds QB Los Gatos (2014): The San Diego State commit showcased a nice arm that could test the defense which showed in three completions over 20 yards. He was 13-of-25 for 157 yards and a touchdown. Bawden is mobile and escaped pressure numerous times, but isn't a true dual-threat. He should be a good addition to the Aztec offense due to his arm strength and accuracy in intermediate routes.
Tommy Hudson 6-foot-4, 235 pounds OL/DE Mitty (2015): Hudson stands out due to his size and contributed a sack on Friday. He's a physical defensive end who can rush the passer and even ran down the opposing quarterback after a scramble to hold him to a short gain. As a junior with his size and skill set, Hudson should be one to follow.
Dakari Monroe 6-foot-0, 175 pounds RB/CB/KR Mitty (2015): Monroe was a game changer with a pair of touchdown runs. He took Mitty's first play from scrimmage for an 87 yard score and broke two tackles on his next carry for a 51 yard touchdown. The junior finished with 152 yards on six carries and is a upright runner. However, his future might be in the secondary as he was exceptional in coverage throughout the night. Monroe also has the size and length for the corner position. In addition, Monroe can also be a threat as a returner on special teams. He's a playmaker and will be one of the top juniors to watch this season.
Joey Wood 5-foot-11, 220 pounds RB/LB Los Gatos (2015): The bulky back had 13 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. He has good speed for a bigger back but can run over opponents at the line in short yardage situations. Wood ran for 1,015 yards to go with 13 touchdowns in his sophomore season and is on pace for another big year.