Sterling Montgomery’s 11 of 20 for 141 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions don’t jump out as dominant, but by the time he reached those marks Friday’s game was just at the end of the half and the Christopher Cougars were up 36-0.
Montgomery never dropped back to pass for the rest of the game as the Cougars dominated hosts Watsonville Wildcatz en route to a 57-0 Monterey Bay League Pacific win.
“Our team is coming together pretty well,” Montgomery said. “We had a rough start in the beginning of the season, but all the guys want to come together as a family.”
The Cougars (5-2, 2-2) looked like a tight-night group Friday.
They scored on six of their nine first half possessions, and manhandled the Watsonville (3-5, 1-3) offense to -42 yards in the first half.
“They had a good game plan and we didn’t play very well,” Watsonville head coach John Montante said. “These are the kinds of things that you learn from when you’re trying to build something like we’re trying to do.”
Watsonville’s best chance to score came early (5:35 left in first quarter) when Oscar Gonzalez intercepted Montgomery’s pass with a fingertip catch at the Cougars’ 35-yard line.
After two attempts at running the ball were snuffed out by the Christopher defense, Raul Meza stepped in front of a Tristan Rodriguez pass that was heading down the seam for Noah Barto.
Meza picked off the pass and returned it into Wildcatz territory to nullify the home team's scoring opportunity.
“Our defense definitely came through today,” Montgomery said. “They’re playing as one unit now, and we’re all pretty happy about it.”
Christopher’s signal caller led them down the field for a 25-yard boot from Meza to put them up 9-0 with 3:35 left in the first quarter.
That was just the start of the Cougars’ score-fest.
They found the endzone on their next two drives to go up 23-0, and their defense kept the door shut on any type of Watsonville offensive attack.
The Wildcatz were only able to muster up two first downs in the first half.
They turned the ball over once more before the half was over and they were forced to punt on six out of their eight possessions in the half.
The second half did not start off much better for the Catz, as they went three-and-out on their first offensive opportunity, and Bryan Huynh returned the Watsonville punt for a 50-yard score to make it 43-0.
Watsonville turned it over on downs during their next possession, and on the very next play Rayshon Mills went 53 yards evading Watsonville would-be tacklers for his only score of the game.
It was his first and last carry of the second half. He finished with 126 yards and the score on 11 carries.
His teammate Trevor Hadnot scored on runs of 3, 2 and 59 yards. He has 82 yards on the ground on just seven rushes.
Watsonville’s Alex Azevedo ran for a hard-earned 42 yards on 24 runs.
Isaac Lopez snared a interception.
The Wildcatz fumbled the ball eight times, but lost just two.
Christopher’s Jacob Zimmerman and Jacob Moen both had sacks.
Christopher will play cross-town rival Gilroy Friday at 7:30 at home.
Watsonville will have its toughest test of the season when they travel to Salinas to play Alvarez Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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