• Breakers Defense Shuts Down Soledad in Homecoming Victory

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    Pacific Grove bounced back from a tough loss to Hilmar with a 21-6 victory over Soledad on Friday night. [10-2-15]

    Through the first four games of the season, the Breakers have looked like four different teams.

    While the offense scored two touchdowns in the game, it was the defense that shut the Aztecs out. “I knew it would be a defensive battle coming in,” the Breakers’ Uche Ebo said. “Soledad is very improved, and a good team.”

    After the opening kick-off, the Breakers only needed three plays to complete a 76-yard touchdown drive. Nick Coppla would take the sweep 54 yards for the first points of the game. Offensively, the Breakers wouldn’t get the ball across the 50-yard line for the rest of the first half.

    Nick Coppla led the Breakers with 107 yds and 1 TD on the ground with only 8 carries

    Nick Coppla led the Breakers with 107 yds and 1 TD on the ground with only 8 carries

    On Soledad’s second possession of the game, they started at their own 22-yard line. They methodically drove down the field using 11 plays to reach the Breaker 6-yard line. After a couple of penalties moved the Aztecs back to 11-yard line, they went for it on fourth down. Nick Coppla, though, made a great defensive play, knocking the ball away as they tried a fade to the wide-out.

    The Breakers would continue to make big plays on defense as Soledad drove down the field on their next two possessions, both ending on key defensive plays by Uche Ebo and Sam Fenstermaker.


    With the game still at 7-0 in the third quarter, Fenstermaker broke it open a little with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.

    Finally, the offense then moved the ball with a 75-yard touchdown drive, culminating in a Colton Moore to Kane Miller 33-yard touchdown pass.

    Noah Cryns gave the Breakers their third turnover of the game with an interception just before the end of the third quarter. It would not result in any points though, as the Breakers would then punt.

    On the ensuing punt, the Aztecs return man, Aaron Rodriguez, would somehow bounce out of a crowd of would-be tacklers and took it 77-yards to the house for Soledad’s lone points of the night.

    “The offense will come, and the score board will take care of itself,” Uche Ebo said about his team not moving the ball very well. “As long as we take care of the defensive side, everything will be alright.” Happy Homecoming, Breakers.

    The Breakers (3-1, 1-0) will next travel to MPC to play Marina (2-2, 0-1) on Friday, October 09, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

    Pacific Grove is 5-0 in their last five meetings against Marina. Outscoring them by a combined 221-34 in those games.

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    Stats –

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Soledad 0 0 0 6 6
    Pacific Grove 7 0 14 0 21

    Passing – Moore, C. 4-7-34-1td

    Rushing – Coppla, N. 8-107-1td, Ebo, U. 11-53; Cyrns, N. 15-74; Foster, K. 4-15

    Receiving – Miller, K. 2-30-1td; Coppla, N. 1-3.

    Defense/Special Teams – Wilkerson, R. 1sack; Fenstermaker, S. 2ints; Cryns, 1int.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 5, 2015

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