Olivares and Vaughns ignite Seaside upset by Terra Nova – Monterey Herald
SEASIDE – All this noise that was heard in the opposing locker room before the game, had a different tone when taking the bus back to Pacifica.
As the injuries on a 28-player roster increase for Seaside, that pride in the program cannot be understated.
“I really think we shocked them,” Seaside soccer coach Al Avila said after his understaffed Spartans broke out for a season-high points run on Friday in a 48-34 decision against Terra. Nova, previously undefeated.
Avila, himself, looked very surprised at how his Spartans responded in the face of adversity to an undefeated program that picked up a pair of double-digit wins.
“Our children fear no one,” Avila said. “We are missing a lot of kids, impact players who we hope will be back in the league. We had guys in position tonight for the first time and the kids responded.
Avila, who had lost four starters before the game, lost three more to Terra Nova, who the Spartans hadn’t faced since beating them 29-18 in the Division III title game. central coast section in 2009.
“We were playing with mirrors,” Avila said. “We lost a few more children tonight. We don’t have a lot of depth. We could be a different team if we bring those kids back healthy. It was a great evening for us. »
Particularly on offense, where the 48 points tied Seaside’s highest point total for only the second time in 10 years.
Having installed a new offensive system this fall, quarterback Jamari Vaughns excels at it, throwing a touchdown pass to Jeter Olivares and rushing for a pair.
“It’s Coach (Pat) Murphy’s offense,” Avila said. “I learned so much. Kids love it. He is so encouraging. The timing is not quite there yet. We are still adding things. But we are improving. »
For all his offensive exploits, it was a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown by Olivares that gave the Spartans momentum (2-1) in the second quarter.
Having started since his first season at safety, Olivares has two pick sixes this year among his nine touchdowns.
“Jeter continues to show why he is one of the best players in County on both sides of the ball,” Avila said.
As buoyant as Olivares and Vaughns have been on offense this year, the Spartans spread it a bit more against Terra Nova with Nate Schwener and Hunter Allan both rushing for touchdowns for the first time this fall.
“We are a gap pattern with the spread,” Avila said. “We were moving up and down the pitch. Jamari was extinguished while running and throwing.
Solidifying a defense that has given up 83 points may be a matter of fitness. After the Spartans’ game with Salinas next Friday, there will be a buy before entering the Mission Division game.
“We need to improve a lot defensively,” Avila said. “We have to recover bodies. It will make a difference. We only have six linemen left. We are missing big pieces in the front.
Soledad 28, Carmel 2: A change in offense paid off in the second half as the Aztecs posted an unanswered 28 points to beat Carmel for just the third time in the program’s 23-year history.
The last time Carmel was held without a touchdown was in 2015 when Soledad beat them 9-3. Since last year, the Padres have lost five straight road games.
Soledad head coach Marc Villanueva moved Dominic Chavez – the school’s single-game record holder for passing yards – from center to outside and inserted Ivan Pacheco at quarterback .
“We distributed the ball better,” said Villanueva. “Dominic had over 100 receiving yards tonight. We ran the ball better. We were just a little more fluid.
Pacheco, whose 47-yard field goal last week put Soledad past Greenfield, orchestrated the offense with his arm and legs, with Francisco Ballesteros rushing for three touchdowns.
Nearly 100 first-half penalty yards wiped out the Aztecs’ offense, while a punt return for a touchdown was brought back for a penalty.
“I told the kids at halftime that we were going to fight?” said Villaneuva. “We refocused in the second half and stuck to the game plan and executed it.”
Carmel, who had just one offensive touchdown in his last two road games, blocked a punt to produce a safety and a 2-0 halftime lead.
“We studied Carmel in a very methodical way,” Villanueva said. “We’ve noticed things they’re doing in their system. We pushed back. We arrived with an excellent game plan.
Sophomore linebacker Adam Velarde made his college debut with a handful of tackles for Soledad, while Chavez and Daniel Raso — the Mission Division defensive player of the year last fall — put down in high school.
Monterey 47, North County 0: Nobody talks about the defense of the Toreadores, who achieved their second shutout of the season with a bad performance at the MPC.
In 12 quarters this fall, Monterey has allowed just one touchdown. The offense, meanwhile, outscored their opponents 101-6 in a 2-1 start.
“Our speed helps,” Monterey coach Alex Besaw said. “One guy gets to the ball and two or three guys keep coming. We do a good job rallying the ball. We still make mental mistakes. But we set the tone.
Besaw cultivation remains a work in progress. In fact, frustration over a personal foul saw him call a time out and gather the whole team for a vocal speech.
“We had bad penalties in the first half,” Besaw said. “I had seen enough. I told them it was not the brand of football we wanted to play. I won’t wait for an official to take you out of the game. I will if this continues.
Monterey responded by scoring 34 points in the final 28 minutes.
“I’m proud of how the kids reacted after that moment and came back to our brand of football,” said Besaw, whose team travels to Hollister next Friday.
Anchored by linebacker Nate Cruz and free safety Jkai Thomas, the Toreadores shut out a North County team that drove in 40 runs in its last game.
“Nate is becoming the captain of our defense,” Besaw said. “And I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone fill an ally as fast as Jkai. It covers the grass. He is coming to deal a heavy blow.
Thomas made his presence felt in all three phases of the game, blocking a special teams punt, taking a 69-yard backhand for a touchdown and intercepting a pass for Monterey.
“We saw something on film,” Besaw said, discussing the blocked punt. “So we moved Jkai to the edge. We are still working on properly aligning people on both sides. We still make mental mistakes. But they are fewer and fewer. »
Levi Elmore and Soakie Funaki both scored a pair of touchdowns, with Elmore catching one from Preston White and adding a 20-yard touchdown run.
“Levi had a great game on both sides of the ball,” Besaw said.
Julian Johnson continued to wreak havoc on the edge as a defensive end for the Toreadores, providing a pass rush and clipping the Condors on outward runs.
“We were able to make games and jam what they were doing,” Besaw said. “We were able to fill in the gaps and take things away. We had a lot of negative plays in defense.
Gilroy 22, North Salinas 6: An identity crisis is evident on offense as the host Vikings were outscored 112-12 in three losses to open the season.
“It’s hard to see progress when you see mistakes,” said North Salinas coach Ben Ceralde. “It’s a combination of being young and having inconsistent practices. It shows in four quarters of football.
The Vikings were only down 7-6 at halftime after a Justin Pascone touchdown, the first points the offense had scored in the first half this year.
Yet, as injuries increased in the second half and the offense stagnated, the North Salinas defense began to wear down.
“Guys were falling left and right,” said Ceralde, who took the Vikings to the semi-finals of the Division V Central Coast section last year. We had a few kids stepping up. I knew it was going to be a year of rebuilding. But I didn’t think it would hurt so bad. »