WATSONVILLE — Who needs offense anyways?
The King City Mustangs totaled 160 yards of offense and no touchdowns, but they were still able to pull off a 21-13 win over the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs on Friday at Monte Vista Christian School.
King City (1-2) had three non-offensive scores, two on the defensive side and one on special teams, but none were bigger than their last.
Abram Nava picked off an intended screen pass from Monte Vista quarterback Quentin MacLeod at the 45-yard line, made MacLeod miss and ran it back all the way to the house to ice the game at 21-13 with just less than four minutes remaining.
It was the second pick-six of the night for the King City defense.
“It wasn’t a good decision,” said MacLeod.
The Mustangs (2-2) had one more drive to make something happen, but they went three and out and King City ran out the remaining time by getting a few first downs.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot,” said Monte Vista coach David Reese. “In every aspect of the game. I feel like we lost the game.”
A week after allowing Brandon Boyd to run for 323 yards and winning, Monte Vista Christian allowed less to the entire King City offense and were handed their second loss of the season.
“I don’t want to blame it on one play, but that one play took us out of it,” said MacLeod. “I take it personal because if I didn’t throw that one pick you never know what could’ve happened on that drive.”
It was MacLeod’s second interception of the game.
DeAndre Sharif returned the other interception for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
It was the first score of the game and it gave King City a lead that it never relinquished.
Monte Vista answered with an 11-play, 76 yard drive. MacLeod set up the score when he found Parker Noonan for a 26-yard gain and then he floated a perfect pass to the far sideline where Luke Dillon found it to put them at the 4-yard line.
It took the Mustangs four tries, but Dominic Robles muscled his way in for the 1-yard touchdown to tie the game.
With 17 seconds left in the first half the Mustangs tried a squid kick, but it bounced to Sharif and he broke the wave of defenders and took the ball 75 yards for the score.
It put King City up 14-7 and gave them the momentum going into the half.
“I felt like we were going to be fine if we quit making mistakes and giving them the football,” said Reese.
The Mustangs did just that.
They forced a fumble and Will Maltby recovered it at their own 35-yard line with 10 minutes left in the game.
They marched down and Robles punched it in from four yards out, but the extra point was short and off to the right.
The Mustangs were down 14-13, but the late pick sealed their fate.
MacLeod finished 12-30 for 158 yards and the two interceptions. The Mustangs signal caller also caught an interception on defense. Daniel Bautista had 130 yards on the ground. Five different receivers hauled in catches.
Monte Vista will make their Monterey Bay League Gabilan debut next week against Salinas and MacLeod said it’s a “clean slate” from here on out.
They made the move from the MBL Pacific to the Gabilan after a third place finish a year ago.
They play the Cowboys at 7:30 on their home field Friday.
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