P.G. Weathers Quiet King City Storm

P.G. Weathers Quiet King City Storm

Written by Eli Swanson, Staff Writer

In a game plagued by rain and a plethora of penalties, the Pacific Grove football team did more than enough to earn a fifth league victory. The Breakers defeated King City 33-13 on Friday evening in drizzling conditions.

The Breakers took an early lead in the first quarter when quarterback Anthony Coppla snuck the ball over the goal line on a 1-yard quarterback keeper. After missing the ensuing extra point, the Breaker special teams unit caught the Mustangs off guard with a perfectly executed onside kick from kicker Noah Ryan. The Breakers capitalized on Jason Leach’s 20-yard rush when Kolby Foster went around left end for an 8-yard touchdown scamper.

With the Breakers holding a 12-0 lead to open the second quarter and the rain subsiding, King City had a marvelous chance to change the game. The Breaker defense allowed a King City receiver to run uncovered down the hash marks, but unfortunately for the Mustangs the pass from quarterback Jacob Flores was overthrown by the slightest of margins. With the Mustangs in the red zone and just over two minutes to go in the first half, the Breaker defense sacked Flores twice to force a King City 4th and 25 from the Breaker 35-yard line. The 4th down pass for the Mustangs fell harmlessly, and the half ended with the Breakers leading 12-0.

Pacific Grove seized further control of the game when the opening kickoff of the second half was fumbled by King City and recovered by the Breakers. After a quarterback draw from Coppla moved the Breakers inside the 5-yard line, Jason Leach scored his 12th touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run. At this point, everything was falling for P.G., further evidenced by the tipped pass from Coppla caught in the right corner of the end zone by James Donlon for the two-point conversion. King City responded with a 44-yard rush from Chase Barbree for their opening points of the game. A 40-yard kickoff return from Leach set up a 9-yard touchdown run from Keenan Selbicky on virtually the same play as the earlier Foster score. A successful kick made the score 27-7 in favor of the home team. A long possession for the Mustangs was ended abruptly when John Buttrey picked off Flores and returned the interception 40-yards to the King City half of the field. A patient Breaker offense drew an encroachment call from the Mustangs on a 4th and 2 that gave P.G. a fresh set of downs. A run to the Mustang twenty-two by Uche Ebo brought an end to the third quarter.

The victory all but sealed at the beginning of the fourth quarter, an 18-yard toss from Coppla to Donlon made the score 33-7 in the Breakers’ favor. The two-point conversion after the score was called short on a questionable call from the officials that earned a few groans from the P.G. faithful enjoying a substantial lead already. With five minutes remaining in the game, a run by Leach to the KIng City 43-yard line was extended by a late hit penalty on King City that brought the ball inside the thirty. Not even the late hit could bring down Leach, who was eventually flung airborne by the Breakers’ bench. The superman-esque agility from Leach was left uncapitalized upon when King City defender Dominic Rose pulled down a pass from Anthony Coppla and returned in 80 yards to make the score 33-13. A huge hit from John Buttrey on a long King City 4th down led to an incomplete pass and Breaker possession with just over two minutes to go in the game. The Breakers ran off the final 2:08 of the fourth quarter with little trouble and earned their third home win of the year.

The Breakers move to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in MTAL league play. The Breakers currently sit tied atop the MTAL standings with Carmel. King City goes to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in MTAL play. The Mustangs travel to Carmel this Saturday to take on the Padres at 2 P.M. Next up for the Breakers are the Greenfield Bruins (1-7, 1-4 MTAL), who earned their first win of the season Friday night in a 9-6 triumph at Marina. The Bruins are led by leading scorers Johnethyn Venegas and Anthony Leon. The Breakers will take on the Bruins Friday, the 7th of November, at 7:30 P.M.