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Alisal rolls past Pajaro Valley

Posted: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

Alisal High's Lorenzo Novoa runs with the ball past several Pajaro Valley High defenders during the second quarter Thursday night at Alisal High in Salinas. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

SALINAS - The Alisal High football team put away Pajaro Valley High immediately, beating the Grizzlies 42-18 in a rare Thursday night football game on the east side of town.

Alisal scored on every possession in the first half and built a 42-0 lead with 30 seconds to play in the second quarter.

Quarterback Ezequiel Gonzalez ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third. He finished with 131 offensive yards.

Pajaro Valley got all 18 points in the second half. It got the opening kickoff and ran 10 plays to get on the board. David Mijares, Art Aguilar, Anthony Cantrell and Angel Jimenez all ran the ball past the Alisal defense.

Cantrell capped off the drive with a 17-yard run into the end zone to cut the Grizzlies' deficit to 42-6.

A wacky set of events happened before the Grizzlies scored again.

Alisal was driving trying to answer Pajaro Valley's score and was within the 20-yard line when Aguilar picked off a long pass and ran it back a few yards to the Pajaro Valley 9-yard line.

On the very next play, the Grizzlies tried to run an option, but the ball fluttered in the air and Alisal's Javier Lopez intercepted it. Alisal ran one play on offense before a fumbled snap was recovered by Pajaro Valley's Alphonso Partida.

Pajaro Valley turned to Cantrell, the team's do-it-all rusher, but he only got nine yards on the Grizzlies' latest drive. On fourth down, quarterback Eddie Medina muffed the snap but picked it up and headed down the left sideline 75 yards for a touchdown. The two-point attempt was stopped, and Pajaro Valley was left trailing 42-12 with 5:13 to play.

Alisal fumbled the ball right back to Pajaro Valley at the Alisal 36-yard line, and that gave the Grizzlies an opportunity to get in one more score with a couple of minutes to play.

Again, the visitors turned to Cantrell. He ran the final three plays of the game, going the full 36 yards for a touchdown to seal the contest.

Cantrell finished with 143 yards rushing. He has 1,036 yards rushing for the season, becoming the third Pajaro Valley running back to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing for a season.

He's third on the school's all-time list, 33 yards away from last year's workhorse, J.P. Holbert. He's 188 yards away from tying the school's record holder, Moe Strickling.

For the Grizzlies, the loss was the fourth in a row, and all four opponents have scored at least 40 points, the first time that's happened since 2010.

Pajaro Valley will have nine days to get ready for a battle against Monte Vista Christian.

For the complete article see the 10-13-2012 issue.

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