Things couldn’t have started much worse for the San Benito football team in its Central Coast Section first round game with Alisal on Friday. After a penalty turned back a 40-yard run, the Balers fumbled its second play from scrimmage, giving the Trojans the ball inside the San Benito 20-yard line.
The San Benito football team’s postseason fate will now rely on something other than themselves – perhaps even by the luck of a coin toss – as the Balers couldn’t keep pace with Monterey Bay League champion Palma on Friday night in Hollister, losing 31-14.
After outscoring Christopher and Gilroy 132 to 14 over the past two weeks, the Balers will attempt to win its third consecutive Monterey Bay League game Friday when they travel to play Alvarez.
The San Benito girls golf season ended Tuesday in the Central Coast Section championship in Carmel Valley. This year, the Balers sent only one golfer - Emiley Palmquist - to the championship round.
Even from the opening gunshot, Saturday’s Monterey Bay League cross-country championship at Salinas’ Toro Park was Vanessa Estrada’s to lose.
Taking its first possession Friday inside Pinewood territory, the Anzar football team looked to keep the momentum of its first home win going, but an errant throw, an interception and a 60-yard touchdown return later, the Hawks were quickly put in a hole.
The Haybalers jumped out to a quick lead Friday in Monterey, but there wasn't much else that went their way. Monterey shut down San Benito for the rest of the game en route to a 28-7 win. For the Balers, it was the second consecutive week being held to just one score.
After losing their 2-0 lead, in Tuesday’s Monterey Bay League match with Notre Dame, San Benito volleyball seniors Ellie Burley and Raelynn Heredia decided to take over.
With a 6-0 lead at halftime, the San Benito football team seemed in control of Friday’s Monterey Bay League tilt with Salinas, but turnovers and inexperience derailed the Balers in the game’s final two quarters.
San Benito cross-country runner Vanessa Estrada warmed up for Wednesday’s league meet in Gilroy with a ninth place finish at the 39th annual Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on Saturday.