WATSONVILLE — Santa Cruz County’s record holder for rushing yards still hails from Watsonville. However, he’s changed schools.
Watsonville High’s Roger Contreras rushed for 379 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Wildcatz defeated North Salinas 65-50 on Friday night at Emmett Geiser Field.
Contreras finished with 459 all-purpose yards as the Wildcatz ended a four-game losing skid, their longest since last year’s eight-game slide.
“Roger is huge,” said first-year Watsonville coach John Montante. “He fits the offense, and the offense fits him.”
Contreras takes over the top spot that was held for only 27 days by Pajaro Valley’s Anthony Cantrell, who had busted out 362 yards against Gonzales on Sept. 15.
Contreras was within striking distance of the record with about 3 minutes to play in the game.
The record outing nearly doubled his total for the season. He now has 846 yards rushing, easily within striking distance of a 1,000-yard season, which has only been done by one other Watsonville High player since 2006, Fabian Serrano.
“He has the heart of a lion,” Montante said. “He loves to play, and he bleeds black and gold. He’s a man.”
Watsonville led 34-28 at half and kept firing away at the Vikings, who have lost two straight games to Watsonville-based schools.
Montante credited the Wildcatz’s offensive line for giving the ball handlers, especially Contreras, enough time to make plays and do damage.
North Salinas tied the game early in the third quarter before Watsonville regained the lead and momentum.
The 65 points is the most Watsonville has scored this year, but the 50 allowed is the second time it’s happened this year.
Watsonville scored at least 60 points for the first time since Sept. 26, 2009, when it traveled to San Lorenzo Valley and won 60-51.
The Wildcatz will stay home next weekend for their homecoming game, to be played against Fresno Christian.
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