• Padres Take the Shoe Back to Carmel

    By Jon Charron

    From start to finish, the Carmel Padres did what they willed to the Pacific Grove Breakers on Friday night in the 68th annual Shoe Game. [11-13-15]

    Coming into the night, the Breakers were a perfect 6-0 in league play and had already clinched their second straight MTAL title. The Padres’ only blemish in league play was a loss to Soledad.

    After taking the opening kick-off, Carmel drove right down the field, but the Breakers held strong and forced a 19-yard field goal.

    With Pacific Grove taking over of their own 39-yard line, they tried to do the same. However, after moving the ball to the Carmel 33-yard line, their fourth down attempt was stopped and the ball went back to Carmel.

    Carmel’s offense continued the pounding with big back Covossay Windham to start the second quarter. After getting it to the Pacific Grove 4-yard line, quarterback Daniel Higman kept it and rushed it up the middle for the first touchdown of the game. After a two-point conversion, the Breakers found themselves down 11-0 early in the second quarter.

    Pacific Grove’s offense just couldn’t get things going in the first half. Colton Moore was under constant pressure every time he backed up to pass, getting sacked on multiple occasions. The strong hold of the Breaker’s offense is their ability to run the ball, but Carmel’s stout defense bottled up Ebo, Cryns, and Foster all night.

    After the Breakers turned the ball over on downs, Carmel took over at their own 38-yard line. Two long runs put the Padres deep into Breaker territory. Daniel Higman capitalized with a nice pass into the back of the end zone to Hayden Stachelek for another Padres touchdown. A missed PAT put Carmel up 17-0 with 5 minutes left in the second quarter.

    With just a minute left before the half, Carmel struck again with a 4-yard rushing touchdown from Covossay Windham. The Breakers now found themselves down 24-0 at the half.

    To start the third quarter, Pacific Grove returned the kick-off to their own 45-yard line, setting up good field position. With Noah Cryns now at the helm, the Breakers started moving the ball. After getting it to the Carmel 1-yard line, Cryns kept it and put the Breakers on the board.

    The Padres responded with a 26-yard field goal to extend the lead back to 20.

    On the Breakers’ next possession, Cryns connected with James Donlan on a couple of passes to put the ball back into Carmel territory. The Breakers capped off the drive with a Nick Coppla rushing touchdown just before the end of the third quarter.

    With eight minutes to go in the game, Carmel ended any chances the Breakers had to come back with another touchdown. The Padres now led 34-14. The Breakers ended the game on punt and turnover on downs.

    The Padres tied the series back up at 33-33-2 with this Shoe Game victory.

    Stats –

    Passing – Moore, C. 5-8-25; Cryns, N. 3-5-23

    Rushing – Cryns, N. 19-105-1TD; Ebo, U. 6-30; Coppla, N. 4-20-1TD; Foster, K. 2-11

    Receiving – Donlan, J. 2-21; Ryan, N. 1-13; Coppla, N. 2-10; Miller, K. 1-3; Cryns, N. 2-1

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 17, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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