It went down to the wire for the North Monterey County High football team and it was Isaiah Garcia’s game winning drive that led them to a 28–26 victory over Watsonville High in a Monterey Bay League Pacific Division matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Just when the Wildcatz (1-5, 0-2) were ready to ruin the festivities on homecoming day and pull off the upset over NMC (3-2, 1-1), Garcia’s feet prevented Watsonville from celebrating on his home turf and carried the ball five times for 50 yards on their last possession of the game.
With only seconds to go in the game, Garcia pushed his way into the end zone after what looked like a false start on the offensive line. However, the referees missed the penalty and it allowed NMC to score the go-ahead touchdown from the 1-yard line.
But before the Condors took the lead for good, Eddie Mares of Watsonville had pulled off a good drive of his own with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter and tossed what could have potentially been the game winner for the Wildcatz.
On fourth–and–six, Mares took the snap from the center then scrambled away from the Condors defense to avoid a sack, while on the run he then tossed the ball to an open Michael Barcelo for a smashing 50-yard run down the sidelines and into the end zone to give Watsonville a 26–21 lead.
However, the defense for Watsonville couldn’t figure out a way to stop Garcia on the ground and allowed him to get down to the goal line for the eventual game winning score. The Condors beat the Wildcatz 28–26.
Mares finished the game with an impressive 11 completions on 16 attempts including 205 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Other standouts for Saturday’s game include Barcelo and his three touchdowns and Roger Contreras with his 16 carries and 119 yards.
Next week Watsonville High will go back home to face the North Salinas Vikings (2-4, 1-1) at Geiser Stadium on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., NMC will host Palma (3-2, 2-0) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.