Greenfield Bruins players and coaches celebrate after a recent game. (Jason Gallardo/File Photo)

GREENFIELD — For the first time in the school’s history, the Greenfield High varsity football team has clinched at least part of their very first league title after beating Pajaro Valley last Saturday.

For the most part, the Greenfield Bruins should have handled Pajaro Valley with not much of a struggle, but at the same time, there was a big game happening in Pebble Beach as the Gonzales Spartans faced off against the Stevenson Pirates.

Going into Saturday, there were three teams that could affect Santa Lucia Division’s standings.

Gonzales could set up a winner-takes-all game with the Bruins if they won against Stevenson; Stevenson needs to beat Gonzales and hope that Gonzales or Pajaro Valley beats the Bruins so they can be co-champs; and the Bruins need one win against Gonzales or Pajaro to become co-champs or win their last two games to become outright champs.

The last two champions of the Santa Lucia Division were Stevenson and Gonzales.

The Bruins were able to handle their business by taking out Pajaro Valley, 38-7, clenching at least a share of the Santa Lucia Division. Leading the way for the Bruins was Nathan Cox, who had a three-touchdown day. Cox had two defensive touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.

Meanwhile in Pebble Beach, Stevenson beat the Spartans, 40-14. With this win, Stevenson now needs the Spartans to beat the Bruins to become co-champs. Also, the good news for the Spartans is that they can become co-champs if they beat the Bruins.

Going into the final week, there is still a lot to be determined, as the Santa Lucia Division only gets one automatic berth into the playoffs. What happens if there is a three-way tie? Can the Bruins win their first outright league title in the school’s history? We’ll have to wait and see.

Greenfield will travel to Gonzales on Friday, and Stevenson will play Harbor on Saturday.

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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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