The best chance St. Monica had to win a football game in 2006 came against Malibu.
In an 0-10 season, the Mariners led until the final play when the Sharks’ touchdown produced a 21-20 victory.
As the teams prepared to meet again Saturday night, September 22 at St. Bernard High St. Monica Coach Shawn Ritter made an observation.
“I expect a competitive game,” he said.
It didn’t turn out that way.
St. Monica had a bad center snap on the first play, was penalized for a false start on the second, and saw quarterback Chris Lindquist suffer an injury on the third.
Before the first quarter ended Malibu had a 30-0 lead.
Malibu went on to win the non-league game, 47-0.
Lindquist returned to play most of the way, but backup quarterback Dana Soto-Campos was out with a separated shoulder suffered in practice and star running back James Wright was also out with injuries suffered on the first play of the previous game.
When asked who played well, Ritter listed running backs Rafael Padilla and Derrick Brandt and Jason Scott, who caught two passes and had an interception.
St. Monica, which has lost 22 of its last 23 games (seasons of 1-9 and 0-10 and 0-3 now), will play at Chadwick Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. Malibu will play at Viewpoint Saturday at 1 p.m.