The King City Mustangs defense will have to redeem itself after giving up 47 points last game. (Jason Gallardo/Staff)

KING CITY — Last Friday, the King City Mustangs lost for the first time all season to the Scotts Valley Falcons.

The Mustangs falling to the Falcons now has them in second place in the Pacific Coast Cypress Division.

If the Mustangs want to make the playoffs, they will have to win their next two games against San Lorenzo Valley and Pacific Grove, respectively.

On Saturday, King City will travel to play the San Lorenzo Valley Cougars, who have a record of 2-5 (0-4) and is in a rebuilding year.

If you look closely at the Cougars’ record, you will see three of their losses were one-score games that they could have easily won.

Saturday, Oct. 30
King City Mustangs (6-1) vs. San Lorenzo Valley Cougars (2-5)
League Game
2 p.m. at San Lorenzo Valley High

What We Know About San Lorenzo Valley: San Lorenzo Valley has nothing to play for anymore. This team has been hit with injuries and transfers, but they have been able to play close games all season. With the Cougars eliminated from playoff contention, they can spoil the Mustangs’ plans for the postseason.

Cougar Players to Watch: Quarterback Jaden Hunter is the Cougars’ best player who will not only beat you with his arm, but also his legs. Hunter, at one time this season, has 15 carries for 114 yards with six touchdowns.

Questions: Even coming off a game when the Mustangs gave up 47 points, can the Cougars find a way to block the Monterey County leading sacker?

What We Know About King City: Quite frankly, we will learn a lot about the Mustangs this next two weeks. For the first time all season, we will see how the Mustangs play after a loss. The Mustangs have a chance to break a playoff drought this year, and the pressure only increases.

Mustang Players to Watch: Even if you didn’t know Sebastian Garcia’s name going into the game, by the end of the game you will know his jersey number. Garcia didn’t record a sack last week against Scotts Valley, who primarily runs the ball, but he still leads Monterey County in sacks with 11.5.

Questions: How will the Mustangs respond after losing last week?

Prediction (7-4 record): This Saturday game has a trap game written all over it. This is the first Saturday game this year for the Mustangs, so their regular routine will be thrown off, and an extra day to think about the situation they’re in with everything still to play for. I believe the Mustangs rebound, but the Cougars scare them for three quarters. Mustangs win, 21-7.

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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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