Something has to give in this matchup Saturday night at Independence High between the high-flying offense of Pacific Grove and the miserly defense of Sacred Heart Prep.
The No. 1 seed and defending Division IV champion Gators have only allowed 95 points on the season, a shade under eight points per game. Pacific Grove is coming off a 77-53 win over Carmel in the semifinals.
"Probably something will give on both sides,'' SHP coach Pete Lavorato said. "I don't think they'll score 77 on us, but I'm sure they think they'll score more than eight.''
Pacific Grove (11-1) is averaging 47 points per game. QB Luke Lowell has thrown 31 touchdown passes with only five interceptions. RB Jason Leach has rushed for 1,545 yards and 16 TDs.
SHP (11-1) has two running backs on the cusp of 1,000 yards in Andrew Segre (987 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Ricky Grau (955 yards, 11 TDs). Grau was injured (wrist) in a 34-7 win over Monterey in the semifinals, but Lavorato hopes to have him available. If not, standout linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven will fill in.
The Gators are going for their third Division IV title in the past four years. In 2010 they rallied from a 32-11 deficit to beat Carmel 39-32. Last year they beat Atherton rival Menlo School 13-7.