In the spirit of Halloween, the Seaside High football team handed out its share of treats and tricks Friday night against Alisal.
The Spartans turned the ball over six times, but its swarming defense never allowed the Alisal running game to get on track and the offense awakened early in the second half to lift Seaside to a 27-14 win.
The win earned Seaside no worse with a share of the Monterey Bay League Pacific Division title. Seaside (8-0, 5-0 league) can win the title outright with a victory Friday at Watsonville.
Alisal slipped to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play. The Trojans will look to get back on track Friday night at home against Monte Vista Christian.
The Spartans scored the only touchdown of the first half on its first possession. Seaside marched 78 yards on 18 plays, taking advantage of three Alisal penalties that resulted in first downs.
Seaside quarterback Michael Turner capped off the drive by running over a defender and then lofting a 6-yard touchdown to Jelahny Garnett. That made it 7-0 with 3:11 left in the first quarter. The Spartans turned the ball over on four of its six remaining drives in the first-half — three interceptions and one fumble on a strip.
Despite the takeaways, the Trojans had trouble doing anything with the football. Alisal turned the ball over twice, had three three-and-outs and missed a 30-yard field goal. The missed field goal came after Ricardo Muniz returned an interception 76 yards to the Seaside 11-yard line.
To start the second half, the Trojans successfully executed an onside kick that bounced off a Seaside player right to an Alisal player. But that drive stalled out on three plays.
Seaside’s offense came out clicking to open the second half, taking its first drive 90 yards on just seven plays. Turner rushed four times for 52 yards, capped off by a 21-yard touchdown run. He also went 3-for-3 passing on that scoring drive which made 14-0 with 7:07 left in the third quarter.
On the very next drive for the Trojans, Seaside linebacker Samson Tonga batted a pass into the air and Marcus Hopkins intercepted it at the Alisal 19-yard line. On the next play, Turner hooked up with Mario Cook on a swing pass to make it 21-0 with 6:50 to go in the third.
Seaside pushed it to 27-0 when Turner hit Joseph Jakubowsky on a short crossing route and Jakubowksy did the rest. He weaved and cut his way through the Alisal secondary, finding the end zone on a 60-yard scoring play with 3:17 remaining in the third quarter.
Alisal scored its first points with 6:47 remaining on a Jovan Villalobos 10-yard run. The Trojans scored again with five seconds left in the game when quarterback Ezequiel Gonzalez found Eduardo Valencia in the end zone from 24 yards out.
Turner finished the game 17-for-34 for 275 yards. Jakubowsky hauled in four passes for 113 yards, Cook had four grabs for 52 yards and Ronnie Turner four catches for 64 yards. Jakubowsky also had two interceptions.
Gonzalez went 16-for-27 for 133 yards. His top target was Valencia who had five catches for 60 yards. Ricardo Muniz had a fumble recovery, an interception and ran for 38 yards. Lorenzo Novoa had an interception and a fumble recovery and Jovan Villalobos had an interception.