Coming off a blowout loss to the Santa Cruz Cardinals, the Pajaro Valley Grizzlies felt like they had something to prove on Saturday said starting quarterback Eddie Medina.
They did just that.
The Grizzlies ran for 454 yards on the Harbor Pirates and cruised to a 41-21 win at Watsonville High School.
“We needed to prove a lot,” said Medina. “We needed to prove people who said we’re not going to win wrong.”
Medina finished the game 2-3 with 92 yards and a touchdown pass. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder also used his legs to hurt the Pirates. He racked up 89 yards on the ground on a bum ankle that he rolled three times during the game.
He was not the only one who chomped up yards on the night.
John Mason ran for 90 yards on 14 carries and reached the endzone twice. Mason’s first score, a 25-yard scamper around the left side of the defense on a sweep, capped off a 65-yard drive that lasted nearly seven minutes.
It was their first possession coming out of the half.
It gave the Grizzlies a 28-14 lead and they were just getting things started.
On the ensuing kickoff a squib-kick banked off a Harbor player and J.J Casares was able to recover the ball at 38-yard line.
The Grizzlies made their way down inside the Pirates’ 20-yard line and were face with a fourth-and-2 situation. They handed the ball off to running back Art Aguilar and he fought forward for three yards and the conversion.
Two plays later Aguilar punched it in to seal a 7-play, 62-yard drive and put them up comfortably at 35-14.
“The momentum just went to our side,” said Medina. “Everyone just started to work as a group and everything worked out well.”
The Pirates had the ball just three times in the second half.
“I thought they fought with a lot of heart,” said Harbor head coach Jeff Cox of his players, “but they made a lot of mistakes in key situations. It allowed for Pajaro to keep the ball in the end.”
Harbor did score on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Milo Small to Bryan Garcia at the 1:55 mark, but it was far too little, far too late.
It was Small’s second completion of the second half. He finished 13-24 for 209 yards and three touchdown passes.
Grizzlies Anthony Cantrell ran for 105 yards and a score in the first half, but was ejected for a hit on a defenseless receiver.
Casares had two grabs for 92 yards and a score and he ran one in from 12 yards out. Aguilar rushed for 65 yards on the night to go along with his touchdown.
It was the Grizzlies' first win since last year’s 34-7 win over Gonzales who they play Friday.
“That’s a great feeling (going up big),” said Medina. “A feeling that I’ve never really had. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re going to win the game.”
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