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Hartnell sacked by Gavilan, looks ahead to Monterey Peninsula High

BY GEORGE WATKINS • gwatkins@thecalifornian.com • November 8, 2010

When all else fails, there's always that last game of the season that can make even the worst of years bearable for the Hartnell and Monterey Peninsula College football teams.

About the only way Hartnell and MPC can salvage the 2010 season is to end the year with a victory.
The two long-time rivals meet Saturday at MPC at 6 p.m.

Both teams are coming off bitter defeats.

Hartnell fell to previously winless Gavilan 12-7 Saturday at Salinas High Stadium, while the Lobos lost to probable Coast Conference champion San Jose City, 28-26, also at home.

The outcome left Hartnell 2-7 overall, 2-2 in conference. The Lobos are 4-5 and 3-1.

San Jose City, 4-0, closes at 1-9 West Valley on Saturday.

"We've got a lot of work to do if we hope to beat MPC at the end," said Hartnell coach Matt Collins, who lectured his team strong and hard after the game.

The loss may have been the most disappointing in Collins' fourth year as head coach, considering Gavilan was 0-8 coming into the game.

The Panthers won the battle of statistics by a wide margin — they out-rushed, out-passed, had more than twice as many first downs as Gavilan and intercepted three passes.

But Gavilan put the heat on Hartnell quarterback Austin Fales, taking the Panthers out of field position all game by sacking the freshman from Palma nine times.

The most damaging sack came after Hartnell reached the Gavilan 6-yard-line with 12 seconds to play. Fales was dropped again and time expired before the Panthers could get off another play.

Gavilan's offense hardly budged in the final three quarters.

But the night of frustration began right from the opening kickoff for the Panthers. The returner fumbled the ball, with Gavilan not only recovering but taking it the other way for a touchdown.

The Rams came right back for their only sustained drive of the game — an 80-yarder that upped their lead to 12-0 lead at the quarter.

Hartnell, which lost three fumbles, scored its only touchdown in the third quarter when Fales' pass split a pair of defenders to hit Darrion Griffith from 18 yards away.

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