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Seaside edges North County in league opener

Posted: Saturday, Sep 29th, 2012

North Monterey County High’s football team turned to its suffocating defense to keep it within striking distance of powerful Seaside High.

But it wasn’t enough, as Seaside escaped with a 7-6 win over the Condors on Friday night at Spartan Stadium in Seaside.

Rufino Calderon had an interception return for a touchdown for the Condors, who fell to 2-2 with the loss.

“We knew we could play with these guys,” said North Monterey County head coach Matias Perez. “We just couldn’t close it out.”

North Monterey County started the game with a 19-play drive, but Seaside held the visitors scoreless.

The Condors play host to Watsonville next weekend.

• Soquel 42, St. Francis Central Coast Catholic 0: At Soquel, the Knights rolled on homecoming as the Sharks’ scoring woes continued.

Fabiano Hale scored three touchdowns, increasing his total to 17 on the season.

Kevin Kiff contributed with a blocked field goal attempt and a blocked punt.

St. Francis’ best chance to score arguably came on its opening drive after it recovered an onside kick. It got to within field-goal range but Kiff blocked the attempt.

The win was Soquel’s second in a row as it opened up Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play. The Knights are 4-1.

St. Francis lost for the second consecutive time, both by shutout. The Sharks dropped to 1-3.

Soquel travels to Scotts Valley next weekend, while St. Francis plays host to Aptos.

• Stuart Hall 52, Anzar 22: At Anzar, the Hawks were unable to win their home opener and Mission Trail Athletic League Eight-Man Division opener, falling to the squad from San Francisco.

Gabriel Hatcher scored two touchdowns while Jeremy Cedeno scored one touchdown. The defense also produced a safety.

Anzar faces Trinity Christian next week.

• North Salinas 47, Pajaro Valley 7: At the Salinas Sports Complex, the Grizzlies’ first game against a team from Salinas ended up being a lopsided win for the Vikings.

Eddie Medina scored the lone touchdown for Pajaro Valley, which lost for the second consecutive time.

The Grizzlies fell to 1-4. They will face Seaside next weekend.

For the complete article see the 09-29-2012 issue.

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