Late Rally Falls Short; Carmel Claims Shoe


Photo credits to Leticia Ferreira

Written by Eli Swanson, Editor

PACIFIC GROVE — It seemed like there might be a chance for Pacific Grove. Despite being thoroughly outplayed in the first half, the Breakers looked for a moment like they might come up with a fairytale ending after they cut the Carmel lead to 13 in the third quarter.


They did not.


Pacific Grove looked slow out of the gate, and Carmel played smash mouth football enroute to a 34-14 demolition of the Breakers.


Carmel clamped down and punished the Breakers offensively like they had punished them in the previous half. The two-pronged juggernaut of Covossay Windham and Daniel Higman had their way with the Breaker defense all night, rushing for a combined 293 yards.


Pacific Grove surprised the crowd with special BFBS(black for black’s sake) uniforms when it came out of the locker room, but Carmel came ready to play.


The Padres ran seven consecutive running plays — six to Windham — to open the game on an 80-yard drive that ultimately resulted in a Padre field goal. The P.G. defense had a hard time with Windham all game; his strength and size proved an immense task to handle.


The early score took the air out of the Pacific Grove “Splash Zone” and quieted the Breaker faithful. On the Carmel side, however, the fans were loud and excited all night.


Offensively, the Breakers managed to get yardage, but could never string together meaningful plays that would put them in scoring position. For example, the first Breaker drive stalled when Uche Ebo was stuffed on fourth and three from the Carmel 33 yard line.


Carmel rattled off runs up the middle like an auctioneer at a hoarder’s estate sale, giving the ball to its star backs and riding them to victory.


At halftime, it looked as if the game was over with Carmel leading 24-0, but Pacific Grove had some fight left to give.


When Noah Cryns — who was all over the place for the Breakers all night and took over at quarterback in the second half — smashed his way into the endzone in the third quarter, the P.G. fans immediately sprang to life.


Nick Coppla cut the deficit to 13 with half a minute to go in the third, giving Pacific Grove had the momentum and an entire quarter to mount a comeback.


Carmel’s defense stopped the comeback in its tracks. The Padres blitzed all night long, recording six sacks and virtually eliminating any chance of a Pacific Grove passing game.


Pacific Grove simply could not gain any ground on a stout Padre defense. Instead, the Breakers watched as Carmel celebrated with the Shoe on the field at Breaker Stadium.
With the loss, the Breakers(8-2, 6-1 MTAL) will share the league title with Carmel and Soledad. The Aztecs beat Greenfield 41-14. Despite losing, the Breakers will have a playoff game at home next Friday.