FILE — With their postseason hopes on the line, Greenfield will return home Friday to face the Stevenson Pirates. (Jason Gallardo/Staff)

GREENFIELD — In order to win the Pacific Coast Santa Lucia Division outright, the Greenfield Bruins will need help, but first they have to beat the Stevenson Pirates on Friday to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Bruins are coming off a loss to the St. Francis Sharks of Watsonville, 45-3.

This year hasn’t been kind to the Bruins, having to deal with injury after injury, but that won’t matter to Stevenson, who won its last game against Pajaro Valley, 36-30.

Friday, Oct. 8
Stevenson Pirates (1-2) vs. Greenfield Bruins (2-4)
League Game
7:30 p.m. at Greenfield High

What We Know: Both teams coming into this game with a league record of 1-1 and knowing that this season is on the line, both should be ready to play their best game of the season.

Stevenson Strengths: Stevenson’s mind set is offense, offense and more offense. The Pirates will throw the ball and challenge the Greenfield secondary.

Players to Watch: Stevenson quarterback Kyle Mctamaney comes into this game having thrown for over 600 yards and seven touchdown passes. But their best player is Evan Johnson, who was an All Pacific Coast Athletic League Santa Lucia Division selection and comes in with six touchdown receptions.

Questions: The Pirates have given up 598 yards rushing this season. Will they be able to stop the Greenfield run game?

Greenfield Strengths: Greenfield will have to depend on its run game and defense to limit the Stevenson offense.

Players to Watch: Anthony Morales will be all over the field on defense and offense. In order for the Bruins to win, they will need to get pressure on the Stevenson quarterback, and Jonathan Anaya will have to be a key part to make that happen.

Questions: If Greenfield gets behind early, do they have enough offense to get back into the game?

Prediction (4-3 record): It’s a shame that we didn’t get to see the Greenfield team at 100% this season. It’s hard to see Greenfield coming out on top in this one — Stevenson 26, Greenfield 16.

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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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