The Monterey High football team has picked up steam at the right time. The Toreadores won their fourth game in a row, defeating Alisal 47-14 on Friday night.
Not only did Monterey win, its offense has picked up considerably. Friday night was the fourth consecutive time the green and gold squad have scored at least 30 points. It’s the third time this season overall Monterey has crossed the 40-point mark.
Friday night was Monterey’s first of three consecutive road games to end the regular season.
And in the blink of an eye, it controlled a tense battle.
Alisal used a punishing 10-play drive to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:39 to go in the first quarter. Lorenzo Novoa, Alisal’s all-everything standout, finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run that was set up by a 35-yard pass from Eduardo Valencia to Elijah Sandoval.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jason Berring darted left, dodged a couple of Alisal defenders inside the 30-yard line and blitzed down the left sideline for a 98-yard touchdown run, pushing Monterey’s lead to 14-7.
Three Alisal offensive plays later, Michael Armstead intercepted an Alisal pass and ran 17 yards for a pick-six.
The loud Alisal crowd was suddenly stunned as Monterey went up 20-7 with 1:54 to go in the first quarter.
Monterey, which chewed up clock, grew its lead to 26-7 on a 13-play, second-quarter drive that consumed seven minutes. Berring finished the job with a 2-yard touchdown run, giving Monterey a 26-7 lead that it would take into halftime.
Berring got his third touchdown of the night on a five-yard run, eventually boosting Monterey’s lead to 40-7.
Alisal tallied its second touchdown of the night when Sammy Jimenez blitzed by Monterey defenders 29 yards into the end zone with 6:55 to go in the fourth quarter.
Monterey took the first lead of the game when quarterback Carter Aldrete ran 60 yards for a touchdown with 9:22 to go in the first quarter.
Alisal then went on its 10-play drive.
Monterey’s Akili Jones had 108 yards rushing and a touchdown. Armstead had 55 yards on the ground and the three touchdowns. Aldrete had 70 yards passing, 77 yards rushing and his first-quarter touchdown. Skye Keller scored a second-half touchdown.
Jimenez led Alisal’s rushing attack with 61 yards and a touchdown. Javier Lopez contributed with 44 yards rushing.
For Alisal, their woes were extended another week. The Trojans lost for the fourth consecutive week, this after winning two in a row to pull even at .500 on the season.
Although it had increased its point total in each of the three games during the losing streak, it couldn’t this time against Monterey.
Monterey defeated one of the four public schools in town for the fourth consecutive time. Its last loss of the like was against Alvarez in 2011. Those two teams will meet up in the teams’ regular season finale.
But first, the Toreadores will have to deal with rival Seaside in what should be a wild crowd next weekend at Monterey Peninsula College.
Alisal travels to Hollister next week for its final road game.