Aptos High senior Angelique Nuñez celebrated Senior Night with a bang. She returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in a 32-0 win against Salinas High at Trevin Dilfer Memorial Field on Tuesday night.
The Mariners’ defense was also led by Ellie Marta who recorded a 65-yard pick-six, while Siena Black’s interception stalled a Cowboys drive.
Junior quarterback Gabi Dow had a 35-yard rushing touchdown, and senior Ava “Gavin” Churchill hauled in a 7-yard TD pass from Dakota Bamford.
Other seniors recognized on Tuesday night included Sofia Aguilera, Maddie Barrington, Nancy Cervantes, Nina Duke and Alexa Flores.
Next up, the Mariners will play at Watsonville High on Thursday night at 7pm.
Aptos, which finished the league season with a 4-0 record, will host the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League tournament Saturday. They earned the top seed and a bye into the semifinals.
The Mariners will play the winner of No. 5 San Lorenzo Valley and No. 4 Soquel, which is slated to begin at 9am.
Scotts Valley earned the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 2 Harbor in the first semifinals match at 10am. Championship game is scheduled to start at 12:30pm.
Watsonville splits at Super Saturday Jamboree: Watsonville High quarterbacks Itzel Martinez and Fernanda Lazo each recorded a touchdown pass in their 41-0 crushing win over Soledad High during a Super Saturday Jamboree on Oct. 21.
Sophomore quarterback Stephanie Martinez also got in on the action with a pair of touchdown passes, including a 45-yard bomb to sophomore receiver Regina Sientes for the host Wildcatz.
Senior receiver Mariana Ramirez hauled in the second TD pass thrown by Stephanie Martinez, while Monique De La Mora had three interceptions with two of those returned for touchdowns.
In their first game, Itzel Martinez was inches away from scoring the go-ahead 2-point conversion for Watsonville in its 26-25 loss to Salinas High.
Martinez was stopped at the goal line on what Watsonville coach Zach Cook said was a controversial call.
Martinez finished with a pair of passing touchdowns, targeting senior receiver Evangelina Gaona and junior Brianna Leon for the scores.
Senior receiver Juleanna Ramirez added two rushing TDs, including one that was a 40-yard Barry Sanders-like dazzling scamper into the end zone.
Freshman free safety Jocelyn Avalos recorded two Interceptions for the ‘Catz who improved to 10-5 overall (Team “Gold” 9-4; Team “Black” 1-5) this season.
Next up, Watsonville will host Aptos High for Senior Night on Thursday. Team “Black” is slated to begin at 7pm, while Team “Gold” will play at 8pm.