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Mustangs cook NS in home return

Posted: Saturday, Oct 6th, 2012

Monte Vista Christian’s Cody Washington runs with the football during the first half of the Mustangs’ game against North Salinas High on Friday night at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville. Washington totaled 81 rushing yards and one touchdown. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The usually well-oiled machine that is the Monte Vista Christian High football team looked a little rusty to start.

And after two fumbles, it appeared the Mustangs were going to be in a close contest with visiting North Salinas High.


All was well for the Mustangs once their defense locked down the Vikings. And after a 55-14 blowout that included a running clock in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs relaxed and celebrated their fifth straight win to start the season.

Monte Vista Christian didn’t play a home game in all of September. They came home Friday night and continued their winning ways, prevailing in its seventh consecutive home game.

“Overall, you’ve got to be pleased with winning and going 5-0,” said Monte Vista Christian coach David Reese.

The 55 points were right on with the team’s average scoring output this season (52.5). So were the 14 points allowed (13.75).

If it wasn’t evident in the first half that Monte Vista Christian had the total package going, it was immediately in the second half.

The Mustangs forced a three-and-out and then scored a touchdown on four plays. Nick Matiasevich found David Hightower for a 25-yard strike, putting Monte Vista Christian ahead 35-7.

North Salinas went three and out again, and Monte Vista Christian answered with another touchdown. An eight-play, nearly four-minute drive ended when Matiasevich found Hightower again for a 33-yard touchdown pass, putting the Mustangs ahead 42-7 with 4:12 to play.

The pass was textbook Matiasevich, as he threw the football right to Hightower’s chest as if they were playing a football simulation game at the Boardwalk. Hightower had 25 run-after-catch yards on the 33-yard touchdown, as he scrambled away from three tackles.

With hopes of not being a running-clock victim like three of Monte Vista Christian’s opponents this season, North Salinas went to a hurry-up offense that got them a touchdown with less than 30 seconds to play in the third quarter. The Vikings needed 12 plays to go 80 yards. Jacob Robante found the end zone on a 25-yard reverse play, closing the margin to 42-14.

The giant Mustangs shrugged it off and scored on four plays. Cody Washington scampered 30 yards for a touchdown a minute into the fourth quarter to start the running clock.

Chris Splees completed the scoring with a five-yard touchdown.

For the complete article see the 10-06-2012 issue.

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