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Spartans strike at MVC late

Posted: Saturday, Oct 13th, 2012

Monte Vista Christian’s Dominic Robles (right) and Justin Peterson (52) bring the pressure on Seaside’s Michael Turner during the third quarter Friday night at Seaside High. Turner had his punt blocked by his own teammate and was trying to throw the ball to another teammate. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

SEASIDE — Seaside High quarterback Michael Turner received hugs and handshakes after Friday’s tense battle on the Seaside High field. He posed for pictures as he smiled and breathed several sighs of relief.

A few feet away from Turner was the Monte Vista Christian High football team, all huddled up, listening to their coaches about how to shake off a heartbreaking loss dealt by Turner and the Spartans.

Seaside High scored two touchdowns in the final 3:27 of the game and rallied to stun Monte Vista Christian 12-7 on Friday night.

With the win, Seaside High improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Monterey Bay League’s Pacific Division, the supposed weaker division.

“We had to do a better job,” said Monte Vista Christian coach David Reese. “It’s disappointing to lose a game like this.”

The way these two teams played Friday night, it was worthy of a MBL Gabilan Division championship game.

Seaside’s game-winning drive began after it forced one of the many three-and-outs by Monte Vista Christian. With 1:49 to play and Seaside at its own 42-yard line, Turner found his brother, Ronnie Turner, for a 26-yard catch. After an incomplete pass, Michael Turner bought enough time and found his brother again, who leaped above a Monte Vista Christian defender for a touchdown. The Seaside faithful, who didn’t pack the stands completely but still were loud, roared in approval.

The overflow Monte Vista Christian stands tried to rally their team to victory. The Mustangs got the ball with 1:22 to play and, thanks to a Cody Washington kick return that included several escapes from Seaside defenders, started off at their 44-yard line.

But, they managed just five yards on three plays, and the five were free thanks to an offsides call on Seaside.

On fourth down, quarterback Nick Matiasevich scrambled to his left and was caught from behind by Marcus Hopkins, who made the tackle and started the celebration.

So quickly, the Mustangs went from holding the brass ring to wondering how Seaside snatched it.

“Our defense kept us in the game,” said longtime Seaside coach Al Avila. “Our defense won us this game tonight.”

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

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