• Leach’s 4 TD’s Catapult Breakers into CCS Semis

     

    Face-off with San Lorenzo Valley Cougars of Felton

    Face-off with San Lorenzo Valley Cougars of Felton

    By Jon Charron

    With a loud and lively crowd, it was certainly a playoff atmosphere for the Breakers’ CCS opening round matchup versus San Lorenzo Valley. After getting off to a slow start, Pacific Grove was able to run away with a 37-13 victory on Friday night [11-21-14].

    He’s a special player and he makes plays when we need them,” head coach Chris Morgan said about his senior running back Jason Leach. Leach had a memorable game for the Breakers as he scored three touchdowns in the first half – a receiving, a rushing, and a fumble recovery.

    After getting down to the Cougars 22-yard line on their first possession of the game, the Breakers came up empty-handed as they couldn’t convert a fourth down attempt to keep the drive going. San Lorenzo Valley came out swinging on their first possession and on the second play of the drive they handed to ball to running back Brighton Hart on a sweep right, who took the ball 76 yards to the house for the first points of the game.

    They came and scored first and were ready to play and our guys had to kind of remember that,” Morgan said. “We had to refocus and be reminded that there is another team that is in the playoffs too, and they’re here to play some football.” The Breakers seemed to refocus and remember how to play on their next drive when they drove down to the Cougar 32-yard line. Quarterback Anthony Coppla then lobbed a pass in the back of the end zone that Leach was able to go up and grab to tie the game up at 7.

    Midway through the second quarter with the game still knotted at 7, the Breakers were able to drive the ball 53 yards and take the lead with a 2-yard touchdown run by Leach. San Lorenzo Valley tried to respond, but after getting the ball to the Breaker 13-yard line they were forced to try a field goal. But they just missed getting it inside the left upright. With Pacific Grove unable to do anything with the ball, the Cougars took over at their own 20-yard line following a Coppla punt. Three plays later, Sam Fenstermaker was able to intercept the pass from Cougar quarterback Isaac Newberry, setting up the Breakers at the Cougar 40-yard line.

    On the second play of the drive, Coppla backed up to pass, but the pressure caused him to pull the ball down and run. Coppla was blindsided and fumbled the ball, but Leach smartly picked it up and then outraced the entire Cougar defense for a 38-yard touchdown.

    With San Lorenzo Valley down 20-7 and only :10 left in the half and the ball at their own 29-yard line, Newberry threw a quick pass to Brighton Hart who juked and sprinted his way down the sideline for what looked like would be a 71-yard touchdown. Breaker Kolby Foster, though, would make a great play and pull him down inside the 5-yard line, just short of the end zone.

    The band plays on!

    The band plays on!

     

    To start the third quarter the defense picked up the intensity, and both Coppla, who played quite a few defensive snaps, and Uche Ebu made stops in the backfield to force a Cougar punt. A long 41-yard run by Leach put the Breakers in position to score another touchdown, but they had to settle for a John Buttrey 23-yard field goal when they couldn’t find the end zone.

    San Lorenzo Valley would then respond when quarterback Isaac Newberry was able to hit Brighton Hart for a big pick up that put them in scoring territory. Five plays later, Hart took the sweep and put it in for a 6-yard touchdown run, pulling the Cougars within 10.

    The Breakers then answered back with a 1-yard Coppla touchdown run to start the fourth quarter. After a Cougar punt, Leach took the first play and ran for a 53-yard touchdown, which effectively sealed the deal. It was Leach’s fourth touchdown of the game and it put the Breakers up 37-13 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.

    The Breakers would hold on to win the game 37-13 and advance to the CCS semi-finals. Leach, who was hobbling most of the third quarter after a hard hit to his knee that happened in the second quarter, still rushed for 114 yards in the second half on 5 carries. He had 211 yards and 15 carries for the game.

    We had to come out after the Shoe win, a big emotional win, and we had to refocus for San Lorenzo Valley, which is a good football team. Once we kind of got in rhythm and started going, Jason started making plays, our defense started playing, [and] things started to click a little bit. But you know, anything is possible in the playoffs so you’ve just got to come out every week, because the games are getting harder and harder as we go along,” coach Morgan said.

    The number 2 seeded Breakers (10-1, 7-0) will next play at home on November 28 at 7:00 p.m. against number 3 seed Monte Vista Christian (9-2, 5-1) in the semi-finals.

     

    Stats –

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    San Lorenzo Valley 7 0 6 0 13
    Pacific Grove 7 13 3 14 37

     

    Passing – Coppla, A. 6-13-99-1 TD

    Rushing – Leach, J. 15-211-2 TD, Ebo, U. 11-55, Coppla, A. 6-13-1 TD-1fmbl, Cryns, N. 4-26, Boatman, N. 2-8, Thames, C. 1-4, Foster, K. 1-1.

    Receiving – Leach, J. 2-32-1t TD, Ramirez, A. 2-24, Ryan, N. 1-24, Donlan, J. 1-17.

    Defense/Special Teams – Fenstermaker, S. 1 INT, Buttrey, J. 23-yard FG.

     

     

     

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 22, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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