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December 2, 2022

Football | King City Mustangs get back in the race

KING CITY — After losing the previous week, the King City Mustangs returned home last Friday for their homecoming, beating Watsonville 35-0.

The way last week’s game turned out against the Rancho San Juan Trailblazers, with several blown calls going against the Mustangs, left them angry because of the outcome. Although the missed calls played a big part in them losing that game, King City head coach Mac Villanueva pointed out to his team that they also missed an opportunity to put them away.

“We told the boys that as bad as the officiating was, we had the opportunity to put them away,” Villanueva said.

Although the loss doesn’t eliminate the Mustangs from title contention yet, they would need Rancho San Juan to lose a game, and in a deep Cypress Division, anything can happen.

Villanueva’s message coming into Friday’s homecoming game against Watsonville was for his team to finish — and finish they did.

“The challenge for this week was to finish,” he said. “Let’s see what we were made of, and put last week behind us.”

In the first quarter, the Mustangs jumped on the Wildcatz when Adan Garcia-Loa got a 44-yard pick-six. That would lead to a 21-point first quarter, as Adrian Garcia and Isaac Benavides scored their fourth and third touchdowns of the year, respectively.

King City quarterback Jjey Martinez went 19-29 for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while Benavides had 19 carries for 92 yards and one touchdown and Garcia had four receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

In the end, the Mustangs dominated their homecoming game for the second straight year, knocking off Watsonville 35-0.

After a great win, King City got good news about 45 minutes after their game that Soledad had beaten Rancho San Juan, and with that loss, the Mustangs are back in the race for the Cypress Division.

The Mustangs will now travel to North Monterey County this Friday night.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.
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