• Ebo, Cyrns, and Foster Combine for 7 First Half Rushing TD’s in Route of Fremont


    Pacific Grove came out of halftime pumped up, with a 57-21 lead over Fremont. (Photo by: Leticia Ferreira)

    Pacific Grove came out of halftime pumped up, with a 57-21 lead over Fremont. (Photo by: Leticia Ferreira)

    – Jon Charron

    “Our O-line did a great job, our coaches did a great job, our defense did a great job, and I’m really happy with our win,” Uche Ebo exclaimed after Pacific Grove’s 60-28 victory on Friday night. [09-18-15]

    The Breakers looked like a completely different team this week, than the team that showed up against Watsonville two weeks ago. “We know that this is a good football team,” Ebo said. “We knew what we had to do during our two week break, and it really prepared us.”

    On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Alejandro Morales connected with Jordan Henry on a quick slant, who went untouched 61-yards for a Firebird touchdown.

    Kolby Foster would return the ensuing kick-off to the Fremont 23-yard line, bringing the Breaker crowd back into it. After a Nick Coppla 21-yard run, Ebo punched in his first of three touchdowns from two yards out.

    With Fremont starting at their own 25-yard line, defensive end Robert Wilkerson kick started an aggressive defensive tone, when he sacked Morales for a 13-yard loss. Two plays later and no yards gained, the Firebirds were forced to punt.

    Starting at the Fremont 39-yard line, the Breakers unleashed their three-headed rushing attack behind Uche Ebo, Noah Cyrns, and Kolby Foster. Pacific Grove capped off the 39-yard drive with a 7-yard rushing touchdown from Foster.

    Sam Fenstermaker then intercepted Morales on the Firebirds next possession and returned it to the 5-yard line. On the Breakers first play of the drive, Cyrns scored the touchdown, to put Pacific Grove on top 20-7.

    Running back Ben Tui would finally get things going on Fremont’s next drive, when he picked up 60 of the Firebirds 79-yards. Morales would call his own number and take it in from 11-yards out to pull his team within 6, with 2:37 left in the first quarter.

    To start the second quarter, Morales would hit Henry one more time on another quick slant. 58-yards later, Fremont had erased a 13 point deficit, and now had a 1 point lead over the Breakers.

    The rushing attack then kicked into full gear for Pacific Grove, with their next two possessions resulting in 10 straight running plays and finishing with two touchdowns.

    “Honestly, we didn’t panic,” Ebo said about his team giving up the early touchdown and then falling behind 21-20 early in the second quarter. “We just kept fighting and that’s the mentality that we have to have.”

    After throwing for 91-yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 pass attempts against Watsonville, Colton Moore only attempted 4 passes against Fremont. One, went for a 36-yard touchdown pass to a wide open James Donlan down the right sideline, giving the Breakers a 43-21 lead midway through the second quarter.

    James Donlan 36-yd TD reception

    James Donlan 36-yd TD reception

    Pacific Grove continued the pounding, by scoring two more touchdowns before the half, to take a 57-21 halftime lead.

    The Breakers picked up 273 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns, on 25 carries in the first half.

    Pacific Grove would hold on and finish off the Firebirds, 60-28.

    The defense held Morales, who had thrown for 523 yards over his first two games, to only 162 yards, picked him off 3 times, and forced a fumble.

    Ebo finished with 116 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 carries. Foster had 58 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 carries, while Cyrns had 56 yards and 2 touchdowns on 6 carries.

    Stats –

      1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Fremont 14 7 0 7 28
    Pacific Grove 20 37 3 0 60

    Passing – Moore, C. 2-4-42-1td

    Rushing – Ebo, U. 11-116-3td; Foster, K. 6-58-2td; Cyrns, N. 6-56-2td; Fenstermaker, S. 5-59; Coppla, N. 4-50.

    Receiving – Donlan, J. 1-36-1td; Foster, K. 1-7.

    Defense/Special Teams – Ebo, U. 1fmbl rec; Wilkerson, R. 2sacks, Smith, F. 2sacks, Donlan, J. 1sack, Fenstermaker, S. 1int, Cyrns, N. 1int, Miller, K. 1int, Ryan, N. 24-yd FG.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 19, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports


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