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Condors get into playoff hunt with win over PV

Posted: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2012

North Monterey County High's Rufino Calderon goes into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half Saturday at Condor Stadium in Castroville. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

CASTROVILLE – All of a sudden, North Monterey County High’s chances of getting into the Central Coast Section football playoffs shot up like a rocket.

The Condors overcame a fumble-filled first quarter and wore down Pajaro Valley 33-6 to improve to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Monterey Bay League’s Pacific Division. The win secures the Condors’ seventh consecutive season of at least a .500 record or better.

And yet, there’s more that can be had.

The Condors are third in the division, and a win next week in the finale against Monte Vista Christian could help sneak the squad into the CCS playoffs.

They had to battle back from their own mistakes, though.

The Condors got to Pajaro Valley’s 31-yard line on the first five plays of the game. But on the sixth play, quarterback Josh Garnett fumbled the snap. He rolled right and met several Pajaro Valley defenders who leveled him, knocking the ball free. Pajaro Valley recovered and celebrated the turnover.

However, the Grizzlies couldn’t do anything with the ball, going three and out.

North Monterey County fumbled on its next possession, killing a potential scoring drive. It punted away to Pajaro Valley and got the ball after a Pajaro Valley receiver muffed the punt.

At Pajaro Valley’s 23-yard line, the Condors looked to finally get on the board, but they stepped on their own toes again. A fumbled toss set them back four yards. Then, Pajaro Valley’s Eddie Medina intercepted a pass to end another drive.

Once the clock turned to the second quarter, the Condors finally got on track.

Rufino Calderon scored the first of his two touchdowns on the first play of the second quarter, sprinting 68 yards to give North Monterey County a 7-0 lead.

A blocked punt minutes later put North Monterey County at Pajaro Valley’s 18-yard line. Three plays later, it found the end zone, as Carlos Anaya snuck in for a one-yard touchdown.

The Condors put together another scoring drive in the final minute of the quarter, using five plays to go 43 yards. Calderon ran the final two yards and scored his second touchdown of the game, giving North Monterey County a 21-0 lead.

Calderon had 112 yards rushing on 11 carries. Anaya had just 64 yards but scored two touchdowns.

For the complete article see the 11-06-2012 issue.

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