P.G. Makes Statement in Demolition of Fremont

Defense Shines as Breakers Crush Firebirds 60-28

Photo credits to Leticia Ferreira

Written by Eli Swanson, Sports Editor

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PACIFIC GROVE — Well, that was unexpected. All week, the story — from the Fremont point of view, anyway — focused on what the potent Division I offense from Fremont would do to the lowly Breaker defense. Regardless, when asked before the game about his team’s chance of winning, P.G. Coach Morgan replied “every time we go out on the field, we expect to win.” Needless to say, the game didn’t exactly go as planned for the team from Sunnyvale.

 

Behind another fantastic outing from Uche Ebo, the Breakers absolutely demolished the Firebird defense en route to a statement 60-28 win. The senior back rushed for two touchdowns and 105 yards, averaging 8.75 yards a carry — and that’s with only two carries in the second half before the starters were pulled.

 

The Fremont offense opened the scoring on the very first play from scrimmage, a 61-yard screen pass from quarterback Alejandro Morales to Jordan Hendry. The home crowd awoke from their shell shock thirty seconds later, when Pacific Grove swiftly replied with an Ebo score.

 

When the second quarter began and the score was a reasonable 20-14 in favor of the Breakers — and even more so when the Firebirds scored early to make it 21-20 — you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone in the stands who would have predicted what would come next. Those 20 points would become 57 by halftime thanks in large part to the tremendous work of the P.G. defense.

 

The Breaker defense had their way with the Fremont offensive line, limiting star back Ben Tui to only 73 yards and sacking Firebird quarterback Morales five times. Two first-half sacks by Robert Wilkerson set the tone for the evening, and Wilkerson’s strip of Morales late in the second quarter led to a touchdown that helped make the Breaker lead insurmountable.

 

Honestly, the score doesn’t even reflect how well Pacific Grove played. Had the P.G. starters played the second half, the Breakers could probably have passed the 80 or even 90-point mark. The second half provided a stage for players who don’t typically see a lot of the ball on the offensive side to play a part. Sam Fenstermaker made a curtain call with 72 yards rushing on only four carries after controlling the defensive secondary in the first half and intercepting Morales on the defensive side.

 

Against a formidable opponent, the Breakers rose to the task and played out of their minds. A major takeaway from this game was that it was not a flashy, air-raid offense a la 2013 that led Pacific Grove to victory, but instead an electric defense and a bullish running game that slowly smothered its opponent.

 

With a tough nonconference schedule, the Breakers(2-0, 0-0 MTAL) will face another tough task next Friday when they travel to Hilmar to face the 2-2 Yellowjackets. Last year, Hilmar beat Pacific Grove 28-7 at Breaker Stadium. The Yellowjackets are led by QB Daniel Texeira, RB Noah Batista, and WR Alex Chavez.