Ray Blanco (#7) of the Gonzales football team runs away from the Marina Mariner defense as he heads towards the end zone at Friday’s Homecoming Game. The Spartans defeated the Mariners 39-12 to improve to 3-3. (Michael Ramirez)

SALINAS VALLEY — It was a great week for the Gonzales Spartans and the Greenfield Bruins high school football teams as they each won their games, while the Soledad Aztecs came up short.

Gonzales Spartans

As the season continues, the Spartans are right in the middle of a title race in the Santa Lucia Division. 

Coming off a big win against Harbor, Gonzales went up against the Marina Mariners, who last season were able to get the best of the Spartans.

In their Sept. 29 Homecoming game, the Spartans’ offense stayed red-hot, scoring 39 points. They crushed Marina, 39-12, to extend their winning streak to three.

Juan Pablo Acosta-Ayala finished with 304 yards passing and two touchdown passes for Gonzales. Adrian Perez and Manuel Perea each had over 100 yards receiving, along with one touchdown. 

The Spartans (3-3) will host Pajaro Valley (1-4) this Friday before they have to face the toughest part of their league schedule.

Greenfield Bruins

After coming off their first loss of the season, Greenfield rebounded by shutting out the Harbor Pirates for the Bruins’ first shutout of the season. 

Going into the Sept. 29 game, the Bruins’ offense was averaging around 20 points per game. They exploded for 42 points, which was a season-high. 

One of the main reasons why the Bruins have been on a roll is that the offensive line is led by Misael Silva, who is one of the top linemen in the Pacific Coast Athletic League. So far this season, the Bruins have several players who have rushed for over 100 yards this season. 

All signs point to Gonzales being a showdown for the Santa Lucia Division title against Greenfield at the end of the season. But first, the Bruins (4-1) will host San Lorenzo Valley (2-4) on Friday.

Soledad Aztecs 

As the Aztecs continued to struggle in the middle part of their schedule, it wouldn’t be easy to break out of a slump when you have to face the Alisal Trojans, who let a game against Carmel get away from them a week ago.

The good news for Soledad is that they won’t go winless this season as they will get a win against the Palma Chieftains due to their using an illegal player. The bad news is the Aztecs still have to figure stuff out to win ball games this season.

Soledad suffered another loss to Alisal, 53-17, on Sept. 28. One of the highlights, however, was when Aztec quarterback Ivan Salcido found Victor Ruano for a 55-yard touchdown.

Next, Soledad (1-5) will go on the road this Saturday to face undefeated Pacific Grove (5-0).

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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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