Cabrillo College routed San Jose City College, 48-26, on Saturday night in non-conference play at Carl Conelly Stadium in Aptos to hand first-year head coach Darren Arbet his first win as the leader of the Seahawks.
Behind another stellar performance from freshman quarterback Nick Martig, the Cabrillo (1-2) offense was humming en route to a 562-yard, seven-touchdown night.
Martig, who earned his first start last week for injured freshman Evan Nelson, finished with 308 yards and six scores while completing 30 of his 40 attempts through the air.
He hooked up with receiver Mitchell Harris 11 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Martig also connected with Casey Hamilton, Entebbe Bates and Chris Easter for touchdowns.
Freshman running back Terrence Smith carried 20 times for 159 yards and sophomore running back Troy Menna, a Scotts Valley High alumnus, ran seven times for 57 yards and a score.
Cabrillo led 13-7 at halftime but exploded for five touchdowns over the final two quarters to pull away for its first win of the season.
The Seahawks’ defense did well against the run and made plays in the passing game as well. S.J.C.C. (1-3) had only 121 yards on the ground, while Cabrillo freshman defensive back Shaq Floyd made a pair of interceptions and the Seahawks finished with five sacks as a team.
Freshman defensive lineman Caleb Martin, an Aptos High alumnus, recorded a trio of sacks. Freshman linebacker Josh Eskew, a San Lorenzo Valley High alumnus, and freshman defensive lineman Virgil Powell also pulled down the quarterback for a loss.
Santa Cruz High alumnus Travis Schuhe had another standout game at inside linebacker, finishing with 11 total tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. The steady sophomore defender now leads the state in solo tackles (31) and total tackles (43).
Cabrillo begins American-Golden Coast Conference play on Sept. 30 at West Hills College Coalinga at 6 p.m.