• Leach and the Breakers run over Watsonville: First game, first win

    By Jon Charron

    Led by a strong running game and a stingy defense, the Pacific Grove Breakers defeated Watsonville High Wildcatz 39-16 Friday night, Sept. 5.

    After receiving the opening kickoff, the Breakers drove right down the field and scored a touchdown when starting quarterback Anthony Coppla connected with wide receiver John Buttrey. The Breakers kept it going on Watsonville’s first possession when defensive back James Donlan scooped up a fumble and returned for another score making it 12-0.

    Early in the second quarter, running back Jason Leach finished another Breaker drive with a 2 yard touchdown run making it 18-0. The defense was not to be outdone however: after a second Watsonville fumble, Noah Ryan recovered it and took it back for another Breaker touchdown.

    Just before halftime, Watsonville finally put a drive together. However, with only a few seconds left, they missed a 23 yard field goal attempt, keeping the score 25-0 at the half.

    The teams traded possessions in the third with Watsonville getting into Breaker territory as the quarter ended. Watsonville kicked a 37 yard field goal to start the fourth and finally get on the board. On the Breakers’ next possession, Leach took the hand-off and ran it 61 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the game. It put the Breakers up 32-3.

    Late in the fourth, Watsonville scored two touchdowns to make it 32-16. With just under two minutes remaining, Leach took the hand-off and sprinted down the left side line 80 yards to put the icing on the cake.

    Breakers pose for a victory portrait after the game. (Jon Charron)

    Breakers pose for a victory portrait after the game. (Jon Charron)


    Box Score

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Pacific Grove 12 13 0 14 39
    Watsonville 0 0 0 16 16


    Jason Leach – 10 carries for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns.

    Anthony Coppla – 6 carries for 88 yards, 80 yards passing, and 1 touchdown.

    John Buttrey – 3 catches, 58 yards, and 1 touchdown.
    James Donlan – 15 yard fumble recovery for touchdown.
    Noah Ryan – 38 yard fumble recovery for touchdown.

    The Breakers (1-0) will play their next game against Monte Vista Christian School (1-0) in Watsonville on Friday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 7, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports


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