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November 27, 2021

Game of the Week | North Monterey County vs. King City, Oct. 15

KING CITY — If you had to assign a letter grade to the King City Mustangs’ offense, they would be lucky to get a C, but fortunately for them, C’s get degrees and they are passing with a record of 5-0.

Last Friday the Mustangs went up to Watsonville and played a close one, barely pulling out the victory 7-0. Quarterback Jjey Martinez connected with Alexis DeDios for the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

This week is Homecoming week for the Mustangs, and they will be welcoming the North Monterey County Condors, who are coming in with a loss to Pacific Grove, 34-7, and a record of 2-5 (1-2).


Friday, Oct. 15
North Monterey County Condors (2-5) vs. King City Mustangs (5-0)
League Game
7:30 p.m. at King City High

What We Know: The Condors’ defense hasn’t been very good this year, making it a perfect time for the King City offense to get some rhythm. The Mustangs will need to figure stuff out on the offense end this week because with a super showdown with first-place Scotts Valley next, they will need to bring their A game.

North County Strengths: The Condors postseason hopes are nonexistent, and that’s what makes a team like North County dangerous, as they would like to spoil the Mustangs’ perfect season.

Players to Watch: Condors’ Nico Torres leads his team in scoring this season.

Questions: In their last game against Pacific Grove, the Condors allowed for more than 300 yards rushing, and it begs the question: Can they stop the run? If North Monterey County falls behind early, do they have enough offense to score on the Mustangs’ defense?

King City Strengths: There is no doubt it’s Matt Mendez’s defense. His defense once again held a team scoreless for the third time, has only given up eight points in the second half all season, and has allowed zero fourth-quarter points.

Players to Watch: Sebastian Garcia not only leads the Pacific Coast Cypress Division in sacks, but he also leads the entire Monterey County in sacks with nine. If Garcia can keep up this pace, his name might be called for Defensive Player of the Year.

Questions: Can the offense start fast and score points?

Predictions (6-3 record): OK, this is the week the Mustangs finally score in the first quarter, and the offense gets going. Mustangs win by 28-6.

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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