Hudson connected with Darrel Thornton on touchdown passes of 63 and 36 yards, and with Keith Duhart on a 13-yard scoring strike and the Eagle defense shut out Valley in the second half.
It was an impressive outing for Hudson, a 6-4 freshman from Temescal Canyon high school in Lake Elsinore. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 246 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, and rushed for a team-best 89 yards on 12 carries (he was well over 100 yards on the ground until a pair of sacks late in the game). His favorite target was undoubtedly Thornton, who hauled in 8 passes for 163 yards and a pair of scores.
The start of the game was delayed due to a power outage in the area (outside the college campus). And when the game finally started, about 45 minutes late, the offenses took a little longer to arrive. Each team punted on its first two possessions of the game.
But on Mt. San Jacinto's second punt of the night, Valley return man Raymond Johnson returned the punt 29 yards to the Eagle 30-yard line. Three plays later, Anthony Dickson ran the ball in from the 16 to give the host Monarchs a 7-0 lead with 21.5 seconds left in the first quarter. Dickson would end up with a game-high 108 yards rushing in the game.
When the second quarter began, however, Hudson got the Eagle offense rolling. After gaining a first down with a 9-yard pass to Duhart, Hudson broke off a 20-yard gain on a scramble, moving the ball to the Valley 36. And on the very next play, Hudson faked a handoff to the right, broke a tackle along the line and sped 36 yards into the end zone, tying the game at 7.
Following a Valley punt, Mt. San Jacinto got the ball at its own 17. This time Hudson took to the air to move the team. After 245-pound fullback Mulivai Pula gained a first down rushing, Hudson hit Thornton with a 63-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead.
Valley responded quickly, however, with a score of its own. A short kick on the kickoff, followed by a 26-yard kickoff return by Olaea Choule, gave the Monarchs the ball at their own 48. Two plays later, Dickson gained 23 yards on a run, moving the ball to the Eagle 20. And on the next play, Raphael Reynolds took a handoff, got outside, and displayed a burst of speed, dashing into the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown run. However, Rene Renteria's extra point attempt was wide right, keeping Mt. San Jacinto in the lead at 14-13.
And Hudson extended that lead to 21-13 on Mt. San Jacinto's next possession. A 25-yard p[ass to Romell Richardson got the Eagles into Monarch territory, and a 15-yard pass to Thornton got them in scoring range. Then came an 11-yard completion to Duhart, moving the ball to the 14. Two plays later, Hudson threw to Duhart again, this time for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:24 left in the first half.
Mt. San Jacinto extended its lead to 27-13 on its first drive of the second half. After taking the second half kickoff, the Eagles got near midfield after a 19-yard run by Hudson. A 15-yard pss from Hudson to Thornton got them across midfield, and a 7-yard toss to Daniell White got them to the 36. On the very next play, Hudson found a wide-open Thornton along the right sideline and threw him a 36-yard touchdown pass, making it 27-13.
And from there, the Mt. San Jacinto defense made the lead stand up. The Eagles allowed Valley just 4 first downs in the second half, and the Monarchs never got closer to the end zone than the Eagle 48-yard line. The Eagle defense registered 4 of its 6 sacks in the second half as well. Big Pat Brown, a 315-pound sophomore from Thomasville, Georgia, led the way with 2 of the 6 sacks for the Eagles.
With the win, Mt. San Jacinto improves to 2-0 on the season entering the Foothill Conference season, which begins with a matchup against defending national champion Grossmont next season. LA Valley falls to 1-1 and will host Moorpark next Saturday.
Mt. San Jacinto Eagles 27
LA Valley Monarchs 13
Saturday, September 9, 2006 – 7 pm - Monarch Stadium, Valley Glen
V – Dickson 16 yd run (Renteria kick) 0:21.5 (0-7)
M – Hudson 36 yd run (Lamoreux kick) 13:24 (7-7)
M – Thornton 63 yd pass from Hudson (Lamoreux kick) 6:04 (14-7)
V – Reynolds 20 yd run (kick wide right) 5:18 (14-13)
M – Duhart 13 yd pass from Hudson (Lamoreux kick) 1:24 (21-13)
M – Thornton 36 yd pass from Hudson (kick wide right) 9:15 (27-13)
First Downs: LA Valley 13 (8 run, 5 pass), Mt. San Jacinto 17 (9 run, 7 pass, 1 penalty)
Rushes-Yds: LA Valley 35-116, Mt. San Jacinto 33-151
Passing Yds: LA Valley 106, Mt. San Jacinto 246
Comp-Att-Int: LA Valley 13-20-0, Mt. San Jacinto 16-27-0
Return Yds: LA Valley 81, Mt. San Jacinto 37
Sacks-Yds: LA Valley 3-23, Mt. San Jacinto 6-45
Fumbles-Lost: LA Valley 1-0, Mt. San Jacinto 1-0
Penalties-Yds: LA Valley 8-55, Mt. San Jacinto 11-90
Time of Possession: LA Valley 29:48, Mt. San Jacinto 30:12
Rushing: LA Valley 5-Dickson 17-108, 29-Reynolds 7-44, 4-Johnson 1-2, 7-Jackson 1-(-7), 10-Ritthamel 8-(-28), team 1-(-3); Mt. San Jacinto 8-Hudson 12-89, 26-Slaughter 9-34, 28-Pula 9-30, 5-White 1-2, team 2-(-4)
Passing: LA Valley 10-Ritthamel 12-19-0-103; 7-Jackson 1-1-0-3; Mt. San Jacinto 8-Hudson 16-27-0-246, 3 TDs
Receiving: LA Valley 2-Palmer 5-35, 4-Johnson 3-34, 3-Harper 2-26, 6-Kinard 1-11, 85-Powell 1-3, 29-Reynolds 1-(-3); Mt. San Jacinto 84-Thornton 8-163, 2-Duhart 4-47, 1-Richardson 1-25, 5-White 1-7, 34-Carter 1-6, 28-Pula 1-(-2)
Sacks: LA Valley 9-Fonua, 75-Bravo, 40-Trujillo ½, 92-Soumare ½; Mt. San Jacinto 77-Brown 2, 37-Baker, 44-Dixon, 52-Ricketts, 93-Boyce
Punters: LA Valley 12-Vokos 7-41.4 avg; Mt. San Jacinto 11-Oelfke 5-46.0 avg
Kick Returns: LA Valley 4-Johnson 2-17, 41-Choule 1-26; Mt. San Jacinto 4-Sloan 1-23
Punt Returns: LA Valley 4-Johnson 3-38; Mt. San Jacinto 4-Sloan 2-9, 24-Thomas 0-5
Notes: Both teams entered 1-0; Mt. San Jacinto was ranked #16 in the South. The start of the game was delayed about 45 mins by a nearby power failure.