The Palma High football team wrapped up a second consecutive Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division championship by taking down Monte Vista Christian 24-6 on Friday night in Watsonville.
With the win, Palma improved to 5-0 in the Gabilan Division and 6-3 overall. It has won six games in a row.
It was the first time the two small private school football teams have met, and it ended up being a defensive battle for at least a half.
Palma stopped Monte Vista Christian on fourth down twice to start the game.
It eventually took a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a Mitchell Kidd five-yard touchdown run.
Miguel Mendez ended the first half with a 42-yard field goal, boosting the Chieftains’ lead to 10-0.
Brandon Olivares, Palma’s go-to running back, had touchdown runs of six and 14 yards in the second half. Olivares finished with 129 yards on 24 carries.
Palma had 234 rushing yards total compared to Monte Vista Christian’s 116.
James Meeks had two sacks and Adrian Valdez had a sack for the Chieftains.
Palma’s shutout bid ended with about four minutes to go when the Chieftains, on offense, couldn’t recover a bad shotgun snap. Monte Vista Christian’s Dustin Johnson recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Chieftains wrap up the regular season next week against Hollister.