WATSONVILLE — Here’s the good news for the Watsonville High football team: it scored an impressive touchdown on the opening possession.
Here’s the very bad news: that touchdown woke up a sleeping monster.
Undefeated Seaside scored 59 consecutive points to capture the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division championship outright with a 59-7 victory Friday night on senior night for the Wildcatz.
“We came out not focused on that first drive,” Spartans coach Al Avila said. “I think that score woke the kids up. We told them, ‘These guys have nothing to lose and they’re going to try (to) beat us.’”
Seaside (9-0, 6-0) won despite playing without starting quarterback Michael Turner, who was held out due to a minor injury. Backup Joseph Jakubowsky filled in more than capably despite having thrown just one pass all season. He completed 10 of 12 passes for 157 yards and four touchdowns, with all his attempts coming in the first half. He added a game-high 73 yards rushing, including a touchdown, on 11 carries.
Jakubowsky, one of the Spartans’ top receivers, does have plenty of varsity quarterback experience, throwing for 1,550 yards last season, before switching to receiver when Turner transferred to Seaside.
“I wasn’t too ready for this game, but I’m glad I helped my team get a win,” Jakubowsky said.
Watsonville (3-6, 1-4) drove 69 yards on 13 plays after taking the opening kickoff, with quarterback Eddie Mares hitting Isaac Lopez with a 23-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-12. Mares, Michael Barcelo and Roger Contreras set up the score with a series of tough runs, including Mares’ 4-yard carry on fourth-and-3 at the Seaside 25-yard line. On the touchdown, Lopez got behind Seaside’s defense and, as he caught the ball, got one foot down inbounds before going out the back of the end zone, drawing a big cheer from the home crowd.
“The first series, where we marched and scored on them, that was a great thing to see,” Wildcatz coach John Montante said.
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