• Pacific Grove Opens up the Season 1-0

    Another year and another beginning for the defending MTAL Champions. A new starting quarterback, a new group of running backs, and a junior, who played all over the field for the new look Breakers, were all key in their 27-17 victory over Watsonville on Friday night. [07-04-15]

    Breaker fans got a good first look on the potential of their new offensive weapons. After forcing a Wildcatz punt, the Breakers ran the ball four straight times with three different players, before Colton Moore connected with Nick Coppla for a five yard pick up. Two plays later, Moore hit Noah Cyrns with the receiver screen, in which he raced down the Watsonville sideline for a 47-yard touchdown.

    “Finally feels good to get out on the field and play some games,” Moore said about starting his first game.

    After Cyrns’ touchdown, the first quarter started to get a little crazy as the Breakers tried an onside kick and recovered it at the Watsonville 49-yard line. Three plays later though, they were forced to punt. On Watsonville’s second play of the drive, the quarterback bobbled the snap and Uche Ebo was able to recover it at the Watsonville 18-yard line. However, on the Breakers first play, Coppla fumbled while trying to turn the corner on a sweep.

    The Wildcatz moved the ball to the Breakers 40-yard line on the ensuing drive, but on 3rd and 8, Tyler Hawes was able to get through and sack the quarterback for a 12-yard loss.

    Coppla would finally get to make up for his costly fumble in the first quarter, when he took the end around and went 19-yards to the end zone. Giving the Breakers a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

    The shutout wouldn’t last long, as the ensuing kick-off went out of bounds. Giving the Wildcatz the ball on their own 35-yard line. Two plays later, they connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline.

    With 2:40 left in the second quarter, Watsonville got their best starting field position of the game from a punt return to the Breakers 38-yard line. The Wildcatz would pound the ball into the Breakers defense. Finally, breaking through with a 1-yard touchdown run. After the two point conversion, Watsonville would take a 14-13 lead at the half.

    To start the third quarter, Coppla would take the pitch from Moore, and hit a wide open Kane Miller for a 63-yard touchdown. On Watsonville’s next possession, Coppla had a key break up, forcing them to punt. “He’s stepping it up,” Moore said about Coppla’s all-around play. Adding that “he’s going to be a big player.”

    With the ball on their own 17-yard line, the Breakers quickly moved down the field behind a 50-yard Uche Ebo run to the Watsonville 28-yard line. A few plays later, Moore connected with Kane Miller for another Breakers touchdown.

    As the third quarter was winding down, the Wildcatz had the ball on the Breakers 15-yard line. Robert Wilkerson was not having it though, as he got the sack and moved Watsonville back 8 yards. After a 40-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, Pacific Grove took a 27-17 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Late in the fourth, Watsonville scored on a fourth down 45-yard touchdown pass. However, a chop block negated the score and a few plays later, Kolby Foster would seal the game with an interception in the end zone.

    Leading the rushing attack for the Breakers was Uche Ebo. Picking up 134 yards on 14 carries. Colton Moore also had a solid game in his first start, completing 6 of 11 passes for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    Player to keep an eye on, is Nick Coppla. Coppla was everywhere on the field Friday night, playing tailback, receiver, safety, surprise quarterback, and punter.

    The Breakers (1-0) will now have an early bye, before taking the field at home against Fremont (Sunnyvale) (1-0) on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    “We got some bumps and bruises,” Colton Moore said. “But we’ll come back in two weeks ready to go.”

    Stats –

      1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Watsonville  0 14  3  0 17
    Pacific Grove  7  6 14  0 27

    Passing – Moore, C. 6-11-90-2td-1int; Coppla, N. 1-1-63-1td.

    Rushing – Ebo, U. 14-134; Foster, K. 11-49; Coppla, N. 5-39-1td-1fmbl; Cryns, N. 1-4; Marquez, A. 1-4.

    Receiving – Miller, K. 3-82-2td; Cyrns, N. 1-47-1td; Donlan, J. 2-19; Coppla, N. 1-5.

    Defense/Special Teams – Ebo, U. 1fmbl rec, 1sack; Foster, K. 1int; Hawes, T. 1sack, Wilkerson, R. 1sack, Miller, K. 1sack.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 5, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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