P.G. Clinches Share of MTAL Crown

All aspects shine in 35-14 win over Greenfield

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Posted by Eli Swanson on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Written by Eli Swanson, Editor

GREENFIELD — The Pacific Grove football team had three goals for the 2015 season: make the playoffs, win the MTAL championship, and — most importantly — win the Shoe. Tonight the Breakers crossed that second goal off their checklist after ensuring at least a share of the MTAL crown with a 35-14 win over Greenfield.

 

P.G. turned in a workmanlike performance in a first half utterly dominated by the Breaker offense. With 172 total yards on offense in the first half to the Bruins’ 43, Pacific Grove strutted to an 28-0 lead before loosening their grip on the game.

 

After forcing a punt on Greenfield’s opening possession, the Breaker offense marched down the field on a seven-play, 62-yard drive — capped off by a Kolby Foster touchdown on a sweep to the left from nine yards out — to open the scoring with five minutes to go in the first quarter. Colton Moore and the P.G. offense took advantage of favorable field position on their next drive as Foster added a second score to his tally when he took a handoff 15 yards, shed several tacklers, and scampered into the endzone unscathed.

 

For most of the first half, it seemed as if Pacific Grove was sleepwalking through the game. Every drive went smoothly, every play seemed to gain positive yardage, and every facet of the team played a part. After two rushing touchdowns to start the game, the Breaker offense showed it has other plays in its repertoire when Moore hit receiver Kane Miller on a slant from the left side for a 25-yard touchdown to push the lead to 21-0.

 

After the Breaker defense forced a third consecutive Bruin three-and-out, Apollo Marquez scored his first touchdown of the season on a 23-yard sweep to the left side of the field. The temperature dipped near 40 degrees as the Breakers trotted to the locker room for halftime leading 28-0.

 

The second half might as well have been emblazoned the Anthony Leon show, because the senior running back absolutely tore up the field in the final two quarters. With his Bruins trailing by four touchdowns, Leon turned in a 123-yard half and added two touchdowns before he was done. Interesting note on Leon, he is the only Greenfield player to score a touchdown against Pacific Grove the last two seasons. Despite his 163-yard night, Leon averaged only 3.63 yards per carry when he faced off against the first-team defense from P.G.

 

Leon’s scores helped Greenfield claw its way back into the game, but in the end the Breaker lead proved insurmountable. The only points for Pacific Grove in the second half came on a curious play in the third quarter.

 

On a first down and long, Bruins quarterback Johnethyn Venegas scrambled outside the pocket and attempted to throw the ball away as the Breakers’ line chased him down. Foster Smith hit Venegas and knocked the ball loose as the quarterback went to throw — the question was whether or not the qb had finished his throwing motion. The whole stadium quieted as even the Greenfield players believed that the play had been ruled an incomplete pass. Sam Fenstermaker, on the other hand, had not stopped playing. He scooped up the ball off the grass and cradled it 37 yards like a raw egg untouched into the end zone for what will probably end up becoming Pacific Grove’s oddest touchdown of the season.

 

The running clock rule took effect about halfway through the third quarter, resulting in one of the quickest games of the season at just over an hour and a half. The final half didn’t see too much action as both teams seemed content to end the game at 35-14.

 

With the win, Pacific Grove earns at least a share of the MTAL title, and they control their own destiny to winning it outright. The Breakers(8-1, 6-0 MTAL) stretch their MTAL win streak to 13 games and will play their biggest game of the year next week at home against Carmel(6-3, 5-1 MTAL) in the Shoe Game. The MTAL title scenarios will be outlined in a future article after Soledad’s matchup with Stevenson tomorrow at 2 PM.

 

Greenfield(2-7, 1-5 MTAL) will end its season next week against Soledad(6-2, 4-1 MTAL) in a game with potentially massive playoff implications.

 

STATS

 

Kolby Foster – 41 yards rushing  2TD

 

Kane Miller – 25 yards receiving TD

 

Colton Moore – 3/3 passing 48 yards 2 TD

 

 

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