MBL BREAKDOWN: Cougars join well-balanced league

 

Seaside and Watsonville shared the Monterey Bay League title
last season – both were 4-1 in league. That distinction could have
easily been split by Monterey and North County
– each went 3-2.
Seaside and Watsonville shared the Monterey Bay League title last season – both were 4-1 in league. That distinction could have easily been split by Monterey and North County – each went 3-2.

The drama unfolded among the top tier of the standings throughout the season and came down to the final week.

With Seaside’s 7-6 victory over the Monterey Toreadors, who defeated Watsonville Wildcatz 28-22 earlier in the season, the Spartans grabbed their portion of the throne.

Seaside’s lone loss in league came at the hands of the Wildcatz. North Monterey County handed the Toreadores their other loss, but were unable to hold their own against Seaside and Watsonville.

“I think this year the league is wide open,” Watsonville head coach Tom Sullivan said. “It’s going to be very competitive to say the least.”

Needless to say, the MBL is competitive, and any team on any given night can prevail.

“I think Monte Vista is going to be a lot better than they were last year,” North Monterey County head coach Sean Gomes said. “Seaside is still going to be tough.”

Who or what to watch for in the MBL:

Seaside:

RB: Jovahn Lualemana, Senior

Named the MBL’s 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, Lualemana rushed for 1,563 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 236 carries for a eye-popping 6.62 yards-per-carry.

The Monterey County Herald and Salinas Californian All-County honoree also added 613 receiving yards and another nine scores.

Monterey:

RB: John Wyatt-Williams, Senior

For a team like like to run the ball, and run the ball a lot, (1,986 yards as a team in 2009) Wyatt-Williams led the Toreadors with 668 yards, including seven touchdowns, which was second on the team.

Watsonville:

The Wildcatz posted 390 points and nearly 4,500 yards last year, scoring under 20 points just once while posting 30 or more seven times. The offense lost a number of starters but that won’t stop coach Tom Sullivan’s bunch fro finding the pylons.

Monte Vista Christian:

QB: Taylor Cohan, Junior

Cohan threw nine touchdowns as a sophomore last year. His growth over the offseason has Mustangs’ coaches anxious to see how he will fare in 2010.

North Monterey County:

QB: A.J Jimenez, Senior

Jimenez closed out the 2009 season with a 16-carry, 167-yard rushing performance, as well as 13-of-17 passing for 113 yards against Monte Vista Christian – surely a sign of things to come for the All-MBL selection. As a junior, Jimenez completed 56 percent of his passes (44-of-78.)

Pajaro Valley

The Grizzlies love to run the ball. They will not shy away from their strength this year.

2009-10 Monterey Bay League standings:

*Seaside

10-2-1 overall, 4-1 league

#Watsonville 7-4, 4-1

Monterey 5-5, 3-2

North County 7-4, 3-2

Monte Vista Christian

4-6, 1-4

Pajaro Valley 2-7-1, 0-5

*Six league championships in a row. Last year’s CCS Division III champ

#Co-MBL champs last season.

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