• Breakers Bring the Shoe Back to Pacific Grove

    They seal MTAL playoff berth, too

    By Jon Charron

    In front of a packed crowd Saturday afternoon in Carmel, the “Shoe Game” definitely lived up to the hype [11-15-14].

    While seniors Anthony Coppla, Jason Leach, and Keenan Selbicky all did great parts to help give the Breakers their first shoe game victory in six years, it was a sophomore who sealed the deal. “It felt awesome,” Zack Miller said after he came up with the game-winning interception. Adding that “we did it for the seniors.”

    In the first half, it was mistakes by the Breakers offense that slowed them down. After getting the ball down to the Carmel 29-yard line on the first drive of the game, Coppla’s screen pass was deflected and intercepted. On the very next Breaker possession, Leach fumbled on the Padre 36-yard line after picking up a nice 22-yard gain.

    The Pacific Grove defense would not allow any points though, and forced a punt. With the ball on their own 33-yard line, Coppla kept the ball and broke it for a 67-yard touchdown run, giving the Breakers a 7-0 lead. The Padres answered with a 67-yard drive of their own that was finished off by an 8-yard touchdown run.The one and only Shoe Trophy

    At the start of the second quarter, the score was knotted at 7-7. Zack Miller made his first big play of the game by hauling in a 47-yard pass from Coppla to set the Breakers up at the Padre 3-yard line. On the next play senior Keenan Selbicky took it up the middle and scored the touchdown to put Pacific Grove up 14-7. Carmel would respond again, with a quick drive that lasted only 1:20, this time scoring on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

    With the Breakers starting at the 50-yard line, it looked as though they would put up some more points before the half. However, after getting the ball to the Padre 24-yard line, the offense was called for four straight illegal procedure penalties. They were pushed back to the 44-yard line, but Coppla then connected with Ryan Richardson for a 23-yard pick-up. With no timeouts left and the ball at the 9, Coppla was sacked, which killed any chances of them scoring again before the half.

    The second half was led by the Pacific Grove special teams. To start the third quarter, Pacific Grove went with an onside kick and was able to recover it on the Padre 46-yard line. Five plays later, Leach scored from 18-yards out to put the Breakers back on top 21-14. A great angled kickoff and a bobbled return set the Padres up at their own 6-yard line. They were able to get the ball to 36-yard line, but then fumbled, allowing the Breaker’s James Donlan to fall on the loose ball. The Breakers would take seven plays to get to the Camel 8-yard line. Coppla did the rest, keeping it and running it in for another Breaker touchdown. With 4:59 left in the third, Pacific Grove was starting to take control of the game with a 28-14 lead.

    As the third quarter was winding down, Carmel ran three quick plays to get the ball to the Breaker 26-yard line. With two seconds left in the quarter, Covassay Windham took the handoff and rumbled his way for a Padre touchdown.

    With Pacific Grove unable to come away with any points on their next possession, Carmel would quickly drive down the field and score on another Windham rushing touchdown. After the kickoff, the Breakers started at their own 20-yard line. It only took one play and 80-yards for Leach to give the Breakers a 35-28 lead late in the fourth quarter.

    Carmel was able to get the ball to the Breaker 18-yard line, but couldn’t move any farther as the Pacific Grove defense held strong. With the Breakers unable to get a first down, The Padres got one last shot to tie the game. Starting at their own 38-yard line, no timeouts and 1:20 left on the clock, Carmel had a lot of work to do. The first play picked up 18-yards, but on the very next play, Padre quarterback Conner Marden floated one and Zack Miller was able to make the play of the game and intercept the pass.

    While Miller made a great play, he said, “It was the pressure from the d-line,” that allowed that play to unfold. Nevertheless, Miller made a great play and the Breakers were determined to secure not only an MTAL Championship, but also “The Shoe.”

    Pacific Grove (9-1, 7-0) will go into the CCS Division IV Playoffs as the number 2 seed. They will play at home on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. against the number 7 seed and Santa Cruz League runner-up, San Lorenzo Valley (8-2, 4-1).

    Stats –

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Pacific Grove 7 7 14 7 35
    Carmel 7 7 7 7 28


    Passing – Coppla, A. 8-10-136-1 int

    Rushing – Leach, J. 19-214-2 TD-1 fbl, Coppla, A. 14-92-2 TD, Selbicky, K. 13-59-1 TD, Foster, K. 3-3, Ebo, U. 1-5.

    Receiving – Miller, Z. 1-47, Buttrey, J. 2-31, Richardson, R. 1-23, Ryan, N. 1-20, Ramirez, A. 2-11, Foster, K. 1-4.

    Defense/Special Teams – Donlan, J. 1 f.rec, Miller, Z. 1 int.





    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 16, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports


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