MVC [8-0, 4-0 MBL] at Monterey [6-2, 3-1]
TIME: 7:30 p.m. PLACE: Monterey High. LAST YEAR: MVC lost 47-36. NOTES: It has been a history-making season for MVC. The Mustangs have won a school-record eight straight games to open the season, while quarterback Taylor Cohan last week surpassed 4,000 yards passing for his three-year varsity career in a 37-7 victory over Pajaro Valley.
The senior QB threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing in the game. Cohan now has 22 touchdowns on the year — one short of the school record set by Trevin Kent in 2005.
Perhaps more impressively, the signal-caller has thrown just two interceptions on 166 pass attempts, and spreads the ball around to a slew of different receivers. Austin Daich is his main target, having caught 33 balls for 540 yards and eight TDs, although Josh Mooney, Jordan DeLosSantos, Eric Griffen and Danny Saporito each have more than 100 yards receiving.
A win over Monterey, meanwhile, would snap a losing history for the Mustangs; the private Watsonville school has lost eight years in a row to the Toreadores.
Monterey is the defending MBL champions, and edged MVC last year 47-36 despite trailing 16-0 to open the game. Monterey has won four straight games, including last week’s 33-0 victory against Watsonville.
The Toreadores will be running the ball against MVC; they compiled 457 rushing yards against the Wildcatz last week. QB Jimmy Hill ran for a team-high 153 yards and two TDs, while Aaron Reed, Kyle Neeley and Shaunne Katoa each had 85 yards or more on the ground.
Monterey is averaging 26.5 points and 294 yards per game, with 90 percent of its total yards coming via the run. MVC, which is averaging 37 points and 315 yards per game, have all but locked up a postseason bid — a first for the program since 1999.