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March 22, 2023

Photos: Grizzlies blank Cougars in league opener | High school football

Aptos, St. Francis earn wins in PCAL action

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley High football team recorded its first shutout win in six years after a 26-0 win over San Lorenzo Valley in the teams’ Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia Division opener Sept. 24.

With the win, the Grizzlies (1-4, 1-0) also recorded their first victory of the season following a four-game losing streak to begin the year.

After a scoreless first quarter, senior running back Juan Macias found the end zone on a 5-yard run that gave PV a 7-0 lead going into halftime. He finished with 109 yards rushing on 14 carries and the one touchdown.

Miguel Martinez zigged-zagged his way for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with 115 yards rushing on 14 carries and one touchdown. 

Edgar Martinez added one more score in the third stanza after he recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Damien Torres sprinted to the end zone from 21-yards out to cap off the scoring for the Grizzlies. 

Pajaro Valley will try to stay unbeaten in Santa Lucia Division play when it hosts Gonzales (1-4, 1-0) on Saturday at 12:30pm.

St. Francis 47, Watsonville 0: Diego Wolfe rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns on three carries for the Sharks in their crushing win over the Wildcatz in the teams’ PCAL Cypress Division opener Sept. 22.

On the first play from scrimmage, Wolfe took a handoff from quarterback Kyle Dyer and sprinted 93 yards to the end zone that gave them a 7-0 lead.

Dyer threw for a pair of touchdowns, connecting with Christian Abdoo for a 28-yard bomb in the first quarter and a 20-yard strike to Micah Cervantes.

Dyer completed 8-of-15 pass attempts for 85 yards, while the Sharks’ rushing attack piled up 340 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Watsonville (2-3, 0-1) tallied 225 yards rushing on 45 carries. Diego Ramirez recorded an interception, and Christian Johnson-Parry recovered a fumble for the Sharks (5-0, 1-0).

Next up, Watsonville will travel to South Monterey County to take on Soledad (4-1, 1-0) on Friday at 7:30pm.

The Sharks will host North Monterey County (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at 12:30pm.

Aptos 55, Santa Cruz 14: Junior quarterback Matt Hood passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for one as the Mariners (4-1, 1-0) won their PCAL Gabilan Division opener Sept. 23.

Hood, who completed 3-of-4 pass attempts for 129 yards, connected with senior Collin Mennie on one of his passing touchdowns, a 25-yard strike in the second quarter. 

Senior fullback Dante Aranda finished with 76 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, while fellow teammate Caden Prichard also scored twice—one on a run and one on a pass. 

Senior running back Joshua Towley finished with 49 yards rushing on four carries and one touchdown, and junior running backs Lawrence Ingram IV and Jordan Torres each also ran for touchdowns.

Ingram IV finished with a game-high 85 yards rushing on just five carries and the one score.

Senior cornerback Blake Byers and Torres each recorded one interception, while senior Fabian Cortes blocked a punt.

Aptos is on a bye week and returns to action at Everett Alvarez (1-3, 0-0) in Salinas on Oct. 7 at 7:30pm.

Soledad 9, North Monterey County: Ivan Salcido made a 32-yard field goal that gave the Aztecs a win over the Condors in PCAL Cypress Division action Sept. 23. 

NMC (2-3, 0-1) had taken a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Ryan Ruiz sprinted 71 yards for the game’s first touchdown. That lead held until midway through the fourth quarter.

Daniel Raso scored the Aztecs’ lone touchdown but a botched extra point attempt kept NMC ahead by a point.

With less than eight minutes left in the game, Salcido’s field goal gave Soledad its first lead of the game.

Dominic Chavez sealed the deal for the Aztecs after he intercepted a pass late in the game to put a halt to any comeback for the Condors.

NMC will play at St. Francis (5-0, 1-0) in Watsonville on Saturday at 12:30pm.


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