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Mustangs end North County’s playoff hopes with 32-8 decision

Posted: Saturday, Nov 10th, 2012

Monte Vista Christian High’s Nick Matiasevich runs with the football past three North Monterey County defenders for a touchdown during the second quarter Friday night at Monte Vista Christian High. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Monte Vista Christian High football coach David Reese smiled at his team knowing that the players had done what they intended to do.

North Monterey County High coach Matias Perez smiled at his own football team as well, knowing that his team had fun doing all it could this season.

For Reese and the Mustangs, the next adventure is just a week away after they defeated North Monterey County 32-8 in the regular season finale for both teams.

With the win, the 8-2 Mustangs should get into the Central Coast Section playoffs, even though they finished in third in the Monterey Bay League’s Gabilan Division, the supposed weaker of the two divisions.

North Monterey County finished 5-5. Although it had a tough schedule, it didn’t have enough wins to move to the playoffs.

It’s likely that the MBL in total will send six teams to the CCS playoffs, which is the same amount that the then-MBL and Tri-County Athletic League sent combined before the word “equity” became included in everyday talk.

The Mustangs once again answered the call after a taking a tough loss a few days earlier. They never trailed in beating North Monterey County for a second consecutive time.

“Resilient,” Reese, the victim of an ice bath, said after the game. “This team has come back from two tough losses against two teams that should be in the playoffs.”

The win also marked the second consecutive undefeated home campaign for the Mustangs. They’ve won 10 in a row at home.

Nick Matiasevich had a banner day yet again, throwing for 220 yards and one touchdown.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and my offensive line,” Matiasevich said.

The first half went by faster than someone trying to down a hot chocolate on the cold evening at the stadium.

For the complete article see the 11-10-2012 issue.

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