Watsonville Wildcatz running back Alex Azevedo finished with 194 yards and two scores on 18 carries, and the Watsonville defense suffocated the North Monterey County Condors offense as they rolled to a 20-6 win Friday night at Emmett Geiser Field in Watsonville.
“I owe it to the o-line,” said Azevedo of his career day in both yards and touchdowns. “There were holes for me every time. The entire team clicked as a whole. It was great.”
Azevedo’s, big day on the ground came when North Monterey County had one of it’s toughest.
The Condors had just 220 yards of total offense.
“Right now, we’re in a very bad situation,” said North Monterey County coach Hector Villalobos, “but in the face of adversity what are we going to do? Are we going to fold, or are we going to work to perfect what we need to?”
The loss pushed the Condors losing streak to six games and kept them winless (0-6, 0-2 MBL-P) on the season.
“We expected a physical game and we got it,” said Watsonville coach John Montante. “Now we move on to North Salinas.”
The Wildcatz (3-3, 1-1 MBL-P) will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season against the solid Vikings team at North Salinas Friday.
They are sitting at 2-0 in Monterey Bay League Pacific play with a big 29-15 win over Christopher Friday.
“I feel the momentum,” said Azevedo. “We’re clicking. We’re all in sync. We’re all feeling really good right now.”
They looked in sync on the defensive side of the ball from start to finish, and Azevedo continued to break big gains against the North County defense.
The Watsonville defense forced a three-and-out on the first Condors possession, to set their offense up at the NMC 38-yard-line.
The Catz, with Marvin Scott behind center for the injured Nick Carrillo, ate up almost four minutes and converted a fourth-and-2 to keep their drive going.
It took them six plays, but the Scott was able to run in from 17-yards out on a beautifully run read-option play to put the Catz up 7-0.
North Monterey County turned the ball over on the downs during the next possession, when David Ceja brought down Condors’ signal caller Josh Garnett for one of his 2.5 sacks on a fourth-and-5.
The Condors went three-and-out on their next two possessions and Watsonville executed their best looking drive of the game. The Catz converted three third downs, ran nine plays and ticked more than 3 minutes, and 30 seconds off the clock on their way to taking a two-score lead over the visitors.
Azevedo scored his first touchdown of the day, and only second of his career, on a 6-yard run.
The Catz left 37.8 seconds for the Condors to work with, but they instead decided to run one play and take the 14-0 deficit into the half.
NMC had just 95 yards of total offense in the first half.
It was a sloppy start to the second half for both teams.
The Wildcatz decided to attempt a 4th-and-16, and a 4th-and-12 on their first two possessions, but they turned the ball over both times.
The Condors also turned the ball over on their first two drives of the second half, but there’s were much more costly.
Catz defensive back Triston Rodriguez read the Garnett’s eyes and was able to step in front of a slant to pick him off.
He returned the interception to the 5-yardline and Watsonville didn’t waste the opportunity.
The converted the Condors’ mistake into points on Azevedo’s second house call of the game, this time a 7-yard rumble that iced it in the early parts of the fourth quarter.
NMC did score on its final possession, but it made no difference and Watsonville won on its homecoming night.
Watsonville’s Alexis Munoz ran for 74 yards. Linebacker Armando Torres had an interception on a two-point attempt.
NMC’s Carlos Anaya finished with 74 yards on 15 carries.
The Condors have a bye week to try and fix their problems.
“We just didn’t come out to play today, we came out flat,“ Villalobos said.
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