Cabrillo-MPC football

Saturday's game
Cabrillo (0-5) at Monterey Peninsula (5-0), 6 p.m.
 Off to their first 5-0 start in eight years, the Lobos used the bye week last week to reflect back on the first half of the season.
 While the defense gets your immediate attention, so does quarterback Kody Steele, who has thrown for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns in his last two games.
 Steele, who missed two games with an injury, is making up for lost time, completing 65 percent of his passes, with just one pick in his last 81 attempts for MPC.
 It doesn't hurt having a handful of targets to get the ball too, including Michael Armstead, who leads the team with 25 catches for 521 yards and five touchdowns.
 Michael Williams has blossomed this fall with 20 catches for 444 yards and five touchdowns, while Deryan Sanders has 24 catches for nearly 300 yards.
 Still a concern is the ground game, as backup quarterback Davonta Blake leads the team in rushing with 119 yards -- and he hasn't played in the last two games.
 That being said, five players have rushed for nearly 100 yards, and MPC is averaging 3.5 yards each time it runs the ball, up over a yard from last fall.
 MPC is undefeated because of that defense, anchored by Seaside High graduate Andrew Jakubowsky and Nathanael Heaukulani, both linebackers, and defensive tackle Anthony McKay.
 Jakubowsky, who led the team in tackles last year with McKay, has a team high 46 this season while Heaukulani has compiled 32 tackles and a 100 yard interception return.
 McKay, who prepped at Alvarez, has a team leading six sacks and 29 tackles for the Lobos while Salinas product Elijah Kirkland has three interceptions, including a game saver two weeks ago.
 Dating back to last year, Cabrillo has dropped six straight and is 1-12 in its last 13 games. It has given up 40 or more points three times this year and is averaging just 12.8 points game.

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