Breakers Pull Away in Second Half to Move On

P.G. beats Capuchino 17-13, will play at home next Friday

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Photo credits to Leticia Ferreira

Written by Eli Swanson, Editor

Even though Pacific Grove came into its matchup with the Capuchino Mustangs as the one seed in the CCS Division V Playoffs, the Breakers relied on a gritty defensive performance and a strong running game to dispatch the PAL Lake champions.

After a tense first half that saw each team’s defense give up fewer than 100 yards of total offense, Pacific Grove opened the game on their first second-half possession.

The Breakers’ offense struggled to gain momentum in the first half. Two first-half fumbles — a result of the fog that rolled in as the game began — and struggles in its the passing game forced P.G. into several third-and-long situations.

“I think we were stuck in the Shoe Game a little bit,” said Pacific Grove coach Chris Morgan.

It was a mistake by one of its own players that ultimately set up Pacific Grove’s first touchdown. After Noah Cryns fumbled the ball at the Capuchino 20-yard-line, Kane Miller scooped it up and gained six more yards before he was tackled.

Cryns took the ball six yards up the middle on a quarterback keeper two plays after Miller’s fumble recovery for his first touchdown of the night.

Seven minutes later, Capuchino tied the score at 7-7 on a 56-yard scoring drive that was capped by a two-yard run by Damien Jacobs. Jacobs led the Mustangs with 52 yards rushing.

Pacific Grove opened the second half with an intensity that Capuchino could not match. The Breakers went 59 yards on four plays to open the third quarter, culminating with a 27-yard scamper by Cryns around the right end to put Pacific Grove up 14-7. Cryns finished the night with 109 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns.

The Mustangs handed the ball right back to the Breakers on the first play of their next drive when a pitch from quarterback Joseph Gutierrez was dropped by Damien Jacobs and covered by Pacific Grove’s Chase McKinney. After missing the first half of the season, McKinney has become a force on the defensive line. He recovered two fumbles tonight, including one that sealed the victory for Pacific Grove.

“It was really important for me to play well. I haven’t been playing well, so I decided to come out with it tonight,” said McKinney.

Capuchino looked to have stopped the Breakers on their next possession, but a running into the kicker penalty on a missed field goal try allowed P.G. kicker Noah Ryan a second attempt. He capitalized, pushing the Pacific Grove lead to 17-7.

Down 17-13 with two minutes left in the game, Capuchino had the ball on their own 14-yard-line with a chance to go for the win. Instead, the Pacific Grove defense forced a third-and-eleven with 1:30 to play. A fumbled reverse fell to the turf, and Chase McKinney once again fell on top of it.

“This is the best I’ve felt in a long time,” said McKinney.

After running three plays from the victory formation, the game was over. Final score: Pacific Grove 17, Capuchino 13.

The Breakers will play the winner of Saturday’s Menlo/Scotts Valley match up next Friday at Breaker Stadium.

 

 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL
Capuchino 0 7 6 0 13
Pacific Grove 0 7 10 0 17