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October 26, 2021

Football | Bruins win first league game against Grizzlies

GREENFIELD — After being shut out last game, the Greenfield Bruins bounced back to beat the Pajaro Valley Grizzlies, 21-18, to start 1-0 in league play.

Greenfield receiver Anthony Morales caught a touchdown pass to put Greenfield up 7-0 at Pajaro Valley. Morales leads Greenfield in touchdowns with five touchdown passes and one interception returned for a touchdown.

After a Pajaro Valley touchdown, the Bruins offense answered back approaching halftime. Morales caught his second touchdown pass, putting Greenfield up 14-6 at the half.

All season the Bruins have played the best when they run the ball and burn the teams with the play-action pass. That was the game plan going into the match-up with Pajaro Valley.

“To take advantage of their CB leverage and get the ball in our playmakers’ hands early, with short passes and outside runs,” said Greenfield Head Coach Adam Barsenas about his team’s strategy.

After another Pajaro Valley score in the second half, the Bruins leaned on that offensive line.

Greenfield running back Alonso Barcenas scored on a 25-yard touchdown run to put Greenfield up 21-12. Barcenas, Greenfield’s leading rusher, now has three touchdowns this season.

The defense took the Bruins the rest of the way, winning their first league game by the score of 21-18.

Greenfield has been hit by the injury bug all season, but Barsenas said help will be on the way.

“We are getting healthier by the week,” he added. “As you know, I started the season down a few guys, a lot are coming back now so that’s made for us to have a more complete team. We are almost at 100%, which I know is hard for a football season.”

Greenfield will play St. Francis of Watsonville this Friday at Santa Cruz High School.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.

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