• Breakers Fall Short in CCS Semis

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    In what was an expected hard fought match-up between two of the area’s top defenses, the Pacific Grove Breakers came up 14 yards short against the Monte Vista Mustangs on Friday night, losing 21-14 [11-28-14].

    “Congratulations to Monte Vista Christian and I’m just so proud of our kids, because no one really expected us to be here,” head coach Chris Morgan said after the game.

    It was a tale of two halves for the Breakers as the defense gave up 192 yards of offense and three touchdowns in the first half. In the second half though, the Breakers defense played like their usual selves by creating two turnovers and holding the Mustangs to only 49 yards of total offense.

    Each team traded blows on the first couple of possessions, with the defenses holding stout. With just over two minutes left in the first quarter, Anthony Coppla made the first mistake of the game when he attempted a pass down the left sideline that was intercepted by MVC defensive back Luke Dillon. The Mustangs would capitalize, when on the fourth play of the drive D’Shawn Hopkins broke through the middle and ran it in for a 59-yard touchdown.

    After getting the ball back, the Breakers were stuck on their own 44-yard line with a fourth and one. The fake punt was called and Coppla attempted a pass that sailed over his receiver’s hands, giving the ball back to MVC with a golden opportunity. Three plays later, the Mustangs again would capitalize on a Breaker mistake. This time it was a spectacular catch by Jimmy Daniels with two Breaker defenders on him in the corner of the end zone. With 9:31 left in the second quarter the Mustangs had a 14-0 advantage.

    On the next Breaker possession they finally got things rolling after Anthony Coppla hit Kolby Foster for a 39-yard pickup that gave the Breakers the ball on the MVC 15-yard line. The very next play, Jason Leach took the hand-off and raced around the right side for a 15-yard touchdown run.

    With both teams then trading punts, MVC would take over at their own 48-yard line and 3:32 left in the first half. They pounded the ball on seven straight running plays, five of them coming from D’Shawn Hopkins to get the ball down to the Breaker 3-yard line. Hopkins was then able to break into the end zone, giving the Mustangs a 21-7 lead with only :21 left in the second quarter. Jason Leach tried to make something happen for the Breakers by taking the draw play and running a hard fought 36 yards, but time ran out in the half and the Breakers were not able to do anything with the big run.

    Hopkins was able to tally up 124 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries in the first half against the Breaker defense.

    After getting a quick three and out to start the third quarter the Breakers started at their own 42-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Coppla found James Donlan open, who then lateraled to Leach, who sprinted his way to the end zone to bring the Breakers within 7.

    Even though the second half started better for Pacific Grove, it was the mistakes that cost them. After a nice play from Coppla to Donlan got the ball down to the MVC 22-yard line, Coppla threw his second interception of the game when he tried to hit Kolby Foster in the end zone.

    Sam Fenstermaker though, would give the Breakers back the ball when he got an interception of his own. The Breakers however, were not able to do anything with it and had to punt the ball back to MVC.

    With a little over nine minutes left in the game and the Breakers still needing one more touchdown, they tried another trick play. This time it did not work, as Coppla threw a backwards pass to James Donlan, who then attempted a pass that was intercepted. The Breaker defense stepped up one more time though, when Zack Miller hit Mustangs running back D’Shawn Hopkins in the backfield forcing a fumble that the Breakers recovered.

    The Breakers would get the ball down to the MVC 36-yard line only to turn the ball over on downs. With MVC only needing to get one first down to end the game, the Breaker defense stepped up one more time and stopped a third and one attempt, forcing the Mustangs to punt. Starting at their own 34-yard line, it looked as though the Breakers had a little magic left. Coppla was able to complete passes to Ebu, Leach, and Donlan to get the ball down to the Mustangs 33-yard line. Leach then took two hand-offs to get down to the 19-yard line. After a quick pass to Donlan and a spike by Coppla to stop the clock, the Breakers were set up needing only 14-yards to score the game-tying touchdown. After an incomplete pass, they were looking at a fourth and nine from the 14-yard line and only twenty seconds left. Coppla threw the pass to the end zone towards Anthony Ramirez, but the Mustang safety undercut him and was able to intercept the pass, giving MVC the victory and a spot in the CCS Division IV Championship game.

    Jason Leach played another superb game in his final game as a Breaker, rushing for 143 yards and 1 touchdown on 19 carries.

    Coach Morgan said that “I think people knew Jason Leach was a good player and after last year’s team, I think people kind of thought we’d be ok. But our kids came out, played hard all season and should be very proud of their accomplishments for the year. Our kids came out and gave it their all and I’m so proud of their effort.”

    Stats –

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Monte Vista Christian 0 21 0  0 21
    Pacific Grove 0 7 7 0 14

    Passing – Coppla, A. 11-22-180-1td-3int

    Rushing – Leach, J. 19-143-1td, Ebo, U. 6-19, Coppla, A. 5-10, Foster, K. 1-2.

    Receiving – Donlan, J. 5-64, Leach, J. 2-60, Foster, K. 2-47, Ebu, U. 1-7, Ramirez, A. 1-2.

    Defense/Special Teams – Fenstermaker, S. 1int

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 29, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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