Seahawks take on Sea Kings

Football looses to Palos Verdes in homecoming game


Sophomore Nick Florakis tackling Jake Jellison

Following a weather delay and a tough loss, the Seahawks lost to Palos Verdes 10-3 at home on Friday, dropping to second in the Bay League. The team’s record is now 4-4.

Friday was an uneventful day for the offense, only managing 107 total yards and one field goal. Defense ended up being the deciding factor of the game, as both teams were held to three points until the end of the fourth quarter.

“You have to give the credit to their defense,” head coach Matt Ballard said. “They stopped our best plays and we didn’t adapt well.”

Though the offensive game plan didn’t work as well as it has in past games, the team will stick with what they have been doing all season.

“We just need to work on correcting mistakes,” Ballard said. “Our game plan has worked all year, out offensive package is good. It’s just working on minimizing small breakdowns against good team. Teams like them won’t let us get away with those mistakes.”

After the game against the now first place Sea Kings, the team looks to rebound against Peninsula on Friday, who is tied for second with Mira Costa in the Bay League. Peninsula also sits at 4-4 after winning their last game against Centennial 49-21.

With runningback Mason O’Connor and quarterback Ethan Gretzinger leading the offense, Peninsula is a strong team with a diverse offensive playbook. Whether it is a string of short gains on the ground or long throws downfield, the Panthers will be a tough opponent, but the team isn’t looking at Friday’s game differently than any other game.

“A game is a game. Obviously there is a broader impact for some games, but we don’t change anything,” Ballard said. “We have a standard that is installed every week, and our goal is to keep plugging away and stay narrow minded in these games.”

As the season comes to a close, there is little time for the team to pull ahead to first place in Bay League. With a game against another team with a 4-4 record, a win would secure a top three spot in Bay League and give the team a winning record for the second time this season.