On Saturday September 30, the Pacific Grove Breakers football team traveled into the Santa Cruz Mountains for a rare saturday game against the San Lorenzo Valley Cougars. The Breakers rolled into SLV in hopes of crushing the Cougars on their Homecoming game.
During the first quarter the Breakers and Cougars seemed even and traded hit after hit keeping the game scoreless in the first quarter. During their first defensive stand the relentless Breaker defense kept the Cougars to small gains but unfortunately aloud San Lorenzo Valley inside the five yard line. On fourth down, the Cougars threw into the teeth of the Breakers and the SLV receiver was met by cornerback Jake Haney and linebacker Chase Podell who stopped him short of the goal line. The Breakers marched down the field with notable runs by quarterback Ben Minik and runningback John Kerik, but the drive stalled due to penalties. The game seemed to be a low scoring affair.
Defenses prevailed over offense throughout the second quarter as well. While on their own twenty five yard line San Lorenzo Valley ran the ball straight into Chianti Charter who violently forced a fumble recovered by the Breakers. The fumble recovery lead to a long thirty-six yard field goal by kicker Caelum Kim-Sanders. Pacific Grove took a three-nothing lead. As the half drew to an end, SLV drove down the field and completed a pass into the endzone for a touchdown. At half time the Breakers trailed just 7 to 3.
The Breakers opened the first half pinned back inside their own ten yard line, but pushed straight into the Cougar defense with powerful runs from Kerik and Charter behind PG’s offensive line, but were unable to score. SLV came into the half passing the ball and scored again putting PG in a deeper hole. Poor field position forced the Breakers to only punts during the third quarter, while SLV kept the ball moving and lead 22-3 going into the final quarter.
Little changed for Pacific Grove in the fourth quarter, the offense could not move the ball and SLV pushed the defense to its limits. However, the Breakers put up a stand in the fourth allowing only one SLV score. However, the clock wound down to zero and the final score read 29-3 Breakers loss.
The Pacific Grove football team, though disappointed, were not discouraged by the loss to San Lorenzo Valley. With their next game at home against the Stevenson Pirates the Breakers plan on ending their losing skid on Saturday October 8 when the Pirates will soon be capsized by the powerful Breakers.