BRENTWOOD — Turnovers plagued St. Monica’s football team during a 33-18 loss to Brentwood on the road Saturday.
St. Monica quarterback Matthew Partyka threw five interceptions on a sweltering day in Brentwood. Although he had trouble securing the ball, the senior did score the game’s first touchdown on a quarterback scramble.
“It was the worst game I’ve played in my life,” Partyka said after the game. “I’m just speechless.”
St. Monica Head Coach Larry Muno wasn’t as dramatic, but did say that he wants his Mariners to work on defensive fundamentals and ball security this week as they prepare for Blair of Pasadena on Saturday.
“It’s back to the drawing board,” Muno said. “We’ll certainly be doing extra tackling drills come Tuesday.”
The loss drops St. Monica to 2-2. Brentwood improves to 3-0.
The game began with promise for the Mariners, who were coming off a 21-13 win against Malibu the previous week. St. Monica forced Brentwood to turn the ball over on downs to end its first possession of the game at the Mariners’ 36-yard line. The Mariners took over and marched down field, capping the drive with a scoring run by Partyka that put St. Monica up, 6-0, in the first quarter.
Brentwood would need just two plays to answer as quarterback Nick Aull ran for a 68-yard touchdown, giving the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish.
“I teach my quarterbacks to live for another down,” Brentwood Head Coach Patrick Brown said. “I tell them to use their legs to make things happen.”
The day proved to get the best of both teams as a number of players were taken off the field for cramping and dehydration. Aull would also leave the game after injuring his neck on a hard tackle. After the game, Brown said that the injury didn’t appear to be serious.
St. Monica was also bitten by the injury bug. Wide receiver Sam Holguin suffered what appeared to be a pulled hamstring late in the game. There was no word on his availability against Blair.
“It was an odd game,” Brown said. “Both teams were gassed.”