• Coppla and the Breakers go to 2-0 after strong second half

    Beating Monte Vista Christian 20-14

    By Jon Charron

    After getting off to a slow start on the road against Monte Vista Christian, Pacific Grove played tough in the second half to come out on top 20-16 on Friday night. [9-12-14]

    At halftime the Mustangs were up 14-6, but it seemed like it was a lot more. They held the Breakers’ offense to 87 total yards in the first half, and each time the Mustangs had the ball they drove it deep into Breaker territory. After missing a 32-yard field attempt on their first possession of the game, they scored on a 5-yard rushing touchdown on their next possession.

    Early in the second quarter, the Breakers’ defense made one of the biggest plays of the night by forcing a fumble and recovering it on their own 3-yard line. The Breakers capitalized on the momentum shift when quarterback Anthony Coppla flipped into the end zone from 2-yards out, capping off a great 97-yard drive.

    However, the Mustangs took possession and drove right back down the field to score another touchdown, taking a 14-6 lead into the half.

    The first big mistake the Mustangs made was kicking to Jason Leach to start the third quarter. They’d been kicking away from Leach in the first half, but he took the opening kick of the second half and ran it back for an 84-yard touchdown. The Breaker defense then stepped up and shut down Monte Vista in the second half. Along with creating the second fumble in the game, the Breaker defense held the Mustangs to only 69-yards of offense in the second half.

    Wide receiver Kolby Foster might have only had one catch in the game, but he made sure it was a big one. At the start of the fourth quarter Foster got open down the right sideline and Anthony Coppla found him for a 28-yard touchdown. Coppla then hit Noah Ryan in the back left corner of the end zone for a two point conversion, giving the Breakers their first lead of the game 20-14.

    Monte Vista saw the ball twice in the fourth, but the Breaker defense forced punts on both possessions. With less than two minutes in the game and a third-and-one, Coppla finished off the Mustangs by keeping the ball and running it 27-yards.

    Stats –

    Monte Vista Christian 7–7-0-0 – 14

    Pacific Grove High 0-6-6-8 – 20

     

    Rushing – Anthony Coppla 14-136-1td, Jason Leach 18-45, Keenan Selbicky 4-14

    Passing – Anthony Coppla 5-12-41-1td

    Receiving – Kolby Foster 1-28-1td, John Buttrey 2-16

    Defense – Ryan Richardson 1 fumble recovery

     

    The Breakers (2-0) will play their next game against Hilmar High (1-2) in Pacific Grove on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

    Follow me on Twitter @jonwaynecharron 

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 13, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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