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SCCAL goes to Mariners again

Posted: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2012


Aptos High’s Brodie Bennet gets by a San Lorenzo Valley High defender during the second quarter of their game Friday night at Aptos High School. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)


APTOS — Randy Blankenship was given the ice bath just as his Mariners iced the game against San Lorenzo Valley.

The Aptos High football team bent but did not break and defeated the Cougars 59-20 Friday night to win at least a share of its second consecutive Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League championship.

The Mariners are the first team since Scotts Valley from 2006-08 to win multiple championships. They can win it outright next weekend at Harbor.

“Everyone has a role out here, and they did their thing,” Blankenship said. “I’m really happy for the kids.”

Aptos had San Lorenzo Valley’s number early as it built a 20-point lead, but then was suddenly in a fight in the second half to keep the lead.

Leading 35-7 at half, San Lorenzo Valley started rolling, as Derek Poetzinger scored from one yard out. Isaac Newberry found Lucas Sinnott on the 2-point try, and the visitors trailed 35-14 with 8:53 to play.

The touchdown drive was powered by two big passes from Newberry to Sinnott and Jordan Reynolds, both which helped the Cougars get to Aptos’ 1-yard line.

After stopping Aptos on a fourth-down quarterback keeper, San Lorenzo Valley went back to work at its own 14-yard line. They steamed by Aptos’ defense, mixing it up with passes by Newberry and runs by Poetzinger and Kjell Johnson.

The Cougars got to the 2-yard line, where Poetzinger sealed the touchdown. All of a sudden, San Lorenzo Valley was within 35-21.

As if the Cougars weren’t rolling enough, they recovered the onside kick, and a hush suddenly fell in the Aptos stands. The Cougars, who rallied to tie Soquel after being down 21 points last week, had thoughts of doing something similar.

But that all went poof on the first play following the onside kick with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter.

In what looked to be a reverse that morphed into a flea flicker, the Cougars fumbled the ball away, and the Aptos defense recovered it.

Aptos converted the turnover into a score seven plays later when Elijah Marta scored his second touchdown of the game from three yards out. Aptos boosted its lead to 42-20 with 1:24 to play in the third.

For the complete article see the 11-03-2012 issue.

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