King City Mustangs (1-2) will play the Stevenson Pirates (0-1) on Friday, Sept. 16, at home in their final preseason game. (Jason Gallardo/Staff)

KING CITY — It might have taken two games for the King City Mustangs to get their first win of the season, but after blowing out their rivals, the Gonzales Spartans, the Mustangs looked like a team heading in the right direction.

After struggling in the first two week of the season, the King City offense looked electric after erupting for a season-high 35 points. Jjey Martinez was dominant, accounting for five touchdowns, and he might have found another weapon when he connected with Isiah Hernandez for two touchdowns.

This week the Mustangs will host the Stevenson Pirates, who have only played one game this year and lost to St. Francis, 21-6.

Friday, Sept. 16
Stevenson Pirates (0-1) vs. King City Mustangs (1-2)
7:30 p.m. at King City High

Stevenson Pirates

What We Know: Stevenson will be in a rebuilding season after losing a lot of talent from the year before, which included Evan Johnson, who is at Brigham Young University. Quite frankly, unless you got the film from their last game, there’s very little we know based on stats.

Players to Watch: Last year Kai Kobrak had five games where he had 10 tackles or more. In the first game of the season, he had 10 tackles and 50 yards rushing. Tommy Dayton also had 10 tackles in the game.

King City Mustangs

What We Know: The Mustangs go as Jjey Martinez goes. Defensively, the Mustangs have exceeded expectations as they continue to be the most consistent unit all season. Offensively, we are still waiting for someone to take over at running back.

Players to Watch: Noah Pacheco has been plugging holes on defense all season for the Mustangs defense. Jjey Martinez — enough said. Isiah Hernandez, who had two touchdowns last game, will likely get more balls thrown his way on Friday.

Prediction (3-0): It will be interesting to see how the Mustangs start the game coming off of an emotional win. I believe the Mustangs will get off to a slow start, but they should win this one — 24-7.

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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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