Breakers claim victory over Stevenson – Monterey Herald
PACIFIC GROVE – He might not have the passion that comes with performing for “The Shoe” every year.
Yet an adrenaline rush runs through the veins of players from two schools a few minutes apart.
“There is a feeling of rivalry,” said Pacific Grove football coach Jeff Gray. “Maybe not like Carmel. But the intensity rises when we face Stevenson.
Despite four touchdown passes from Kyle Mctamaney, the Pirates’ late-game drama failed as Pacific Grove recovered an offensive kick and hung on Friday for a 27-25 victory at Breaker Stadium.
“At the end of the day, we just made bigger plays,” Gray said.
Like recovering a side kick with 1:25 to go, then cutting the clock down to 11 seconds before being forced to hit their own 40 – leaving a second on the clock with Stevenson deep in his own turf.
“The opening game is hectic and full of mistakes,” Stevenson coach Kyle Cassamas said.
While some teams played their fourth game of the year, it was the Pirates’ first game of the season after last week’s game with Webb was canceled.
Stevenson began training almost three weeks after the official start date for the Central Coast Sections, as training for all fall sports is not permitted until border students arrive on campus.
A critical error for Stevenson came when he converted a two-point conversion, which would have tied the game at 14 in the third quarter. But the game was called off due to a penalty.
Playing from behind all night, the Pirates reduced the deficit to two with 1:18 to go when Mctamaney landed his fourth touchdown pass.
“Any victory will take you a long way into the next week,” Gray said. “We still have some gaps to fill. But you can see the confidence moving forward. We are heading in the right direction.
Pacific Grove, who transferred to the Cypress Division after capturing the Santa Lucia Division in 2019, never trailed in the game, using a pair of rushing touchdowns from Jacob Booker and two touchdown passes from Colin Tavarez to Caleb Kuska. .
Mctamaney, who played last year in Colorado, connected with Evan Johnson on a pair of kills, and also found Charles Du and Trent Toole.
“I don’t think we had any rust because of our absence last week,” Gray said. “Our team was hit hard by the regular cold. Our Covid tests are negative. People forgot about the common cold.
King City 34, Gonzales 14: The Megaphone returns to King City after the Mustangs shut out Gonzales in the second half in the 89th meeting between the two South County rivals.
With the win, King City holds a 51-35-3 lead in Monterey County’s oldest rivalry.
“It’s still the biggest game of the year for us,” King City coach Mac Villanueva said. “You circle the schedule. It’s an unmissable victory whether we’re in the same division or not.
Equally important is that the Mustangs are 3-0 for the first time in Villaneuva’s decade, and for the first time in nearly three decades.
“I thought we got everything out of the preseason that we could,” Villanueva said. “It’s time to get ready for the league. We will treat our next opponent as if they were the Chicago Bears of 1985.
King City will compete in the Cypress Division looking to break a 14-year playoff absence – the longest drought among county teams.
The Spartans, meanwhile, who were sent back to the Mission division, are still looking for an identity at 0-3 after missing all of last season due to the pandemic.
“Gonzales made some big plays in the first half,” said Villaneuva. “It’s a game of rivalry. These games are generally difficult. Emotions are there. I guarantee you they circled him as well.
Touchdowns from 45 yards from Adrian Perez and 66 yards from Gabe Mendez gave momentum to Gonzales just before the end of the first half, reducing the deficit to 20-14.
Still, his struggles in the second half continued, with Gonzales scoring just six points in the final two games of the second half.
Two touchdown passes by Eli Clavijo ignited the Mustangs’ ground game, while quarterback Jjey Martinez delivered touchdown passes to Alexis Dedios and Jackson Villanueva.
Soledad 26, North County 14: The Aztecs scored 20 unanswered points, turning an eight-point deficit into a 12-point victory.
Injuries are mounting for the Condors, who have lost four other players, including Nico Torres, who twisted his ankle after scoring a touchdown in the first half to give them a brief 14-6 lead.
“He’s a warrior,” North County coach Juan Cuevas said. “When he says he can’t go, I know it’s serious. It’s hard to compete when you have all of those missing pieces. I have to figure out how to put this team back together. ”
Cuevas sees the effects of not having had a season last year as the Condors have lost eight starters at times in their last two games.
“We are not strong,” Cuevas said. “It’s not the children’s fault. We were unable to enter the weight room. I feel bad. Weightlifting is injury prevention. You can only climb a hill a certain number of times.
Soledad was in a similar situation, not having played so well last season after the District said no to a spring season.
As the Aztecs struggled to get through the gates, they rose to the challenge scoring 20 straight points to take control of the game, dropping to 2-1.
“We did a good job scoring points, but we have to do a better job of execution,” said Soledad coach Jose Martinez, who, like Cuevas, is in his first season.
Issaiah Cruz scored two touchdowns for Soledad, while Arnold Bernal and Dominic Chavez also scored.
The Condors took a 7-0 lead with Marcos Munoz connected to Gio Mellin for a touchdown. When Torres found the end zone, the lead was increased to eight.
But turning your ankle in the touchdown run might have been a turning point, as the Condors’ offense was AWOL the rest of the game.
“The games are for real now,” Cuevas said, referring to the Cypress Division’s start of play next week. “I scheduled these games to prepare for the division game. But maybe I bit more than we can chew because we have children who are limping.
Palma 47, Monte Vista 14: For the third time in four games, the Chieftains amassed over 40 points in one game to improve to 3-1.
In the wake of a heartbreaking 47-42 loss to Aptos last week, Palma looked like he was in a fog at the start of the game, put to sleep by Monte Vista’s slow offensive attack.
“We had a bit of a hangover from the previous game,” said Palma coach Jeff Carnazzo. “We started slowly. There is a lot of waiting around this offense. We made mistakes which made the trips longer.
A pair of touchdown passes from JoJo Cardinale appeared to put Palma’s offense in rhythm as they conceded the game’s first 36 points.
Quarterback Luke Rossi managed touchdown passes to Paul Rivera and Logan Saldate, while substitute Matthew Fuqua came in and found Joe Silacci for six.
Rossi has had eight touchdown passes this year and rushed for five touchdowns in four games. He arrived in the fall with nine total touchdowns in 16 career games.
“Our goal tonight was to secure the game and build up our depth,” said Carnazzo. “In our time with Covid, you have to have players ready to jump in. ”
JC Escutia and Luke Alvarez added touchdown points for Palma, who hasn’t missed the playoffs for 37 years.
San Benito 38, Alisal 0: The Balers remained undefeated, exploding for a season high with 38 points as they shut out Alisal.
San Benito has allowed just 21 points in four games, allowing just three points in two games in the Gabilan Division.
Tyler Pacheco scored four touchdowns for the Balers, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing a pair.
The senior connected with Jayden Freidt on an 80-yard touchdown pass and joined Isaiha Molina on a 70-yard strike. Ashton Buzzetta topped the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run.
After a week off, Alisal entered the game 2-0, averaging 39.5 points per game. This is the first time in 40 games that he has failed to score a point.