• Cryns Scores 2 TD’s in Breakers First Round Victory over Capuchino

    CCS Division V Football Playoff Bracket - Photo courtesy of cifccs.org

    CCS Division V Football Playoff Bracket – Photo courtesy of cifccs.org

    By Jon Charron –

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Breakers bounced back from their “Shoe Game” loss to Carmel, to advance to their third straight CCS Semi-Finals after a 17-13 opening round victory over Capuchino. [11-20-15]

    After stopping Capuchino on the first drive of the game, Pacific Grove took over at their own 20 yard line with 8:37 left in the first quarter. In what was a pretty remarkable first drive for the Breakers, they had the ball for the next 11 minutes and 17 seconds, going 80 yards on 19 plays. Noah Cryns finished off the drive with his first of two rushing touchdowns.

    On Capuchino’s next possession, Cryns fell on the ball after the Mustang’s failed reverse. Two plays later Colton Moore was sacked and fumbled, giving the ball right back to Capuchino.

    Fumbles were an issue for the Breakers all game, with five in total. Luckily for them though, they only lost two of them. “I think there was a little Shoe Game hangover,” Pacific Grove head coach Chris Morgan said. “It’s an emotionally draining game, we weren’t firing on all cylinders, but championship teams find a way to win.”

    After recovering Moore’s fumble, the Mustangs took over at midfield. Halfback Damien Jacobs touched the ball on 5 of the Mustangs’ 7 play drive, including a 2-yard rushing touchdown to knot the game up at 7-7 with 2:24 left in the second quarter.

    With the Breakers only mustering 62 yards of total offense in the first half, they made the switch at quarterback to Noah Cryns. “It gives us another dimension and another option,” Morgan said about Cryns’ quarterbacking. “With Noah being able to throw, it just creates another option for us in that wildcat formation.”

    Cryns led the Breakers right down the field on their opening possession of the second half. On the drive Cryns completed an 11-yard pass to Kane Miller and rushed for 46 yards on two carries, including the 27-yard rushing touchdown that gave the Breakers a 14-7 lead.

    Capuchino would then lose their second fumble of the game, giving the ball right back to Pacific Grove.

    Noah Ryan would then finish the Breakers drive with a 22-yard field goal. Putting them up 17-7 with 7:42 left in the third quarter.

    It didn’t take long though, as the Mustangs went 46 yards in 1:36, to pull within 4 of the Breakers.

    The Breakers then took over with 2:01 left in third quarter. Flipping back and forth between Cryns and Moore at the quarterback position, they drove 72 yards to the Mustang 10-yard line. Facing a 4th and 3, Noah Cryns kept the ball himself and muscled his way to the 6-yard line, picking up a crucial first down. Looking to close out the game with one more touchdown, Moore pitched it to the left for Uche Ebo, however, he dropped the ball and Capuchino fell on it.

    Taking over at their own 11-yard line, the Mustangs had some work cut out for them. They got the ball to the 33 and the Breakers defense forced a fourth down. The Mustangs went for it, and picked up the 3 yards that they needed. They were flagged for assisting the rusher though and had to replay the down. After a false start moved Capuchino back 5-yards, they decided to punt to the Breakers with 5:32 remaining in the game.

    Pacific Grove tried to eat up as much clock as possible, and with the ball at their own 38-yard line, they faced a 4th and 2. With Colton Moore in at the quarterback position, the Mustangs crowded the front, allowing Moore to easily pick up a first down and more on a called bootleg. Three plays later though, Nick Coppla would punt it to the Capuchino 14-yard line, pinning the Mustangs deep with only 1:40 left in the game.

    On third down, the Mustangs tried a reverse, but Chase McKinney fell on the ball after the receiver mishandled it, giving Pacific Grove a tight 17-13 victory.

    “We were happy to come out with a win,” Morgan said after the hard fought battle. “Credit to Capuchino, they came out and played tough.”

    Stats –

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

    Passing – Cryns, N. 4-6-35; Moore, C. 2-2-14-1fmbl

    Rushing – Cryns, N. 19-109-2TD; Foster, K. 7-31; Ebo, U. 9-21-1fmbl; Coppla, N. 5-1; Moore, C. 1-12

    Receiving – Donlan, J. 3-39; Miller, K. 1-11; Ebo, U. 1-6

    Defensive/Special Teams – McKinney, C. 2fmble rec; Cryns, N. 1fmble rec; Ryan, N. 1-1-22yds FG, 2-2 PAT.

    #1 Seed Pacific Grove (9-2, 6-1) will now face #4 Seed Scotts Valley (8-3, 4-1) on Friday, November 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Pacific Grove.

    Follow on Twitter at @jonwaynecharron

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 21, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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