Pacific Grove football

 A knack for dramatic endings is nothing new for the Breakers.
 Remember last year's 22-yard field goal by Noah Ryan with no time left to beat Scotts Valley 37-35 and advance to the CCS title game.
 If you recall, Pacific Grove scored nine points in the final minute, using an onside kick to set up the game winning field goal.
 Pacific Grove was at again in Friday's season opener, this time scoring 12 points in the final minute, using a Noah Cryns touchdown with no time left in a 42-20 win over Watsonville.
 While the stakes weren't as high, you couldn't not have scripted the ending.
 I mean, attempting a two-point conversation to tie the game and the lights go out.
 Once power was restored, the Breakers failed on the two-point conversion. Yet, recovering an onside kick gave them life.
 And Cryns got into the end zone as time expired.
 While giving up 40 points A game like this can set the


Keys to this weekends football games

Be physical and tackle is what North Salinas coach Darren Spence labeled as keys to Friday's opener at Alisal.

Matching Soledad's physicality and controlling the trenches is what Seaside coach Al Avila stressed in practice this week.

Playing fast and limiting mistakes is what first year Alvarez coach Brad Mendes talked about as keys to Friday's game with North County.

Containing Sutter's duel threat at quarterback and big receivers are Palma coach Jeff Carnazzo's keys, as is mixing the pass and run on offense.

Trinity coach Frank Leonard reminded his players that turnovers and penalties are often what cost teams games in August and September.

Trusting our techniques and creating big plays is what Soledad coach Frankie Berlanga preached in practice this week.

 Battling the first game jitters, winning the turnover battle and no special team mistakes are Pacific Grove coach Chris Morgan's keys.

First year Alisal coach Cesar Chaidez talked about the offense executing proper technique and the defense taking care of gab responsibility. Be aware of squib kicks.

A concern for Carmel coach Golden Anderson is limiting the penalties and turnovers, always an issue in Week 1.

Consistency, commitment and character are Monterey coach Dan Brown's keys going into Friday's roadie at Mountain View.

 Playing fast and executing in all phases of the game while enjoying the moment is what King City coach Mac Villanueva labeled as keys.

 Limiting the mistakes and penalties is what North County coach Sean Gomes stressed as issues for Friday's battle at Alvarez.

 Stay patient and be disciplined on both sides of the ball are Gonzales coach Kevin Bonincontri's keys to Friday's game at King's Academy.