Week 2: Watsonville at Aptos


TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Aptos High.
LAST YEAR: Aptos won, 48-10.
NOTES: Hailed as the Black and Blue Bowl, this is the 43rd meeting between these two teams, with Aptos owning 25 wins and nine of the last 10. Its only loss in that time span came in 2009. The Mariners, who have lost to strong opponents in Encinal [12-11 L] and Oakdale [35-14 L], are 0-2 for the first time since 2010. They haven’t been 0-3 since 2004. Aptos’ wing-T attack saw eight different players carry the ball last week, including Aaron McAnerney, who had a team-high 71 yards — 65 of which came on a scoring run. Aptos had two fourth-quarter scores — the other by Joey Aliotti. “We know Aptos is gonna bring it,” Watsonville coach John Montante said. McAnerney is leading the team with 176 yards and two TDs on 35 attempts. Quarterback Alex Joh has thrown for 114 yards, but has yet throw a TD pass. Watsonville had a big offensive performance last week in its season debut against Santa Cruz, posting 44 points and 520 yards on 28 plays against the Cardinals. “Offensively, I think we’re going in the right direction,” Montante said. Defensively, he added, Montante is trying to get his players to break down film as objectively as possible. The Wildcatz unveiled their spread option, which saw QB Eddie Mares and RB Roger Contreras combine for 397 yards and four TDs on 34 carries. Watsonville also surrendered 30 points and 388 total yards against Santa Cruz, which ran the ball 50 times. This is Watsonville’s second rivalry game in as many weeks, although Montante points out that the real opponent is “in the mirror.” “How good are you executing your assignments, play to play?” Montante added. The game will be broadcast on AM 1080 beginning at 7:05 p.m.

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