Oct 5, 2012 1:39 AM by Andrew Masuda

FNH Week 6 Preview: League play includes two first place showdowns

Week 6 of high school football delivers a showdown of undefeated teams in both the Pac 7 and Los Padres Leagues. Morro Bay and Mission Prep have byes this week.

LOMPOC (1-0, 5-0) @ TEMPLETON (2-0, 5-1)
The Templeton Eagles are looking to recapture the magic of their last meeting at home with the Braves in 2010. Templeton's 31-21 win over Lompoc was the last time a team beat the Braves. Since then, the Braves have won 25-straight games, which is now the longest active winning streak in California. Last year, Lompoc shutout the Eagles 28-0.

The Braves are coming off a bye week. They last played at home against Morro Bay and beat the Pirates 49-14 without the services of star running back Lavon Coleman, who missed his second-straight game. Tyler Ornelas completed 4 of his 5 passes for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. AJ Florez led the Braves with 76 yards rushing on the ground. They've outscored their opponents 167-45 this season.

Templeton is coming off a 54-7 win at Santa Maria where the Eagles racked up more than 600 yards of total offense. Quarterback Alex Elterman threw for 282 yards and 4 touchdowns in the victory. Scott Lawson led Templeton with 102 yards rushing, while Jackson Wheeler caught 4 passes for 121 yards and Tobey Isbell caught 2 passes for 99 yards.

ARROYO GRANDE (1-0, 4-1) @ ST. JOSEPH (2-0, 4-1)
The reigning Pac 7 League champion Eagles play at resurgent St. Joseph in a battle of two ranked teams. Arroyo Grande is ranked 4th in the Northern Division this week after its 41-27 win over Atascadero. The Knights are tabbed 8th in the Western Division after their 22-10 win over rival Righetti.

AG blew a 27-13 second half lead against Atascadero, before scoring the final 14 points of the game to secure the victory. Quarterback Matt Willkomm threw for 184 yards and 1 TD, while he rushed for 75 yards. Michael Jordano rushed for 52 yards and scored 3 TD. Brennan Rivera caught 6 passes for 108 yards in the win. Elijah Holt returned a 90 yard kickoff for a touchdown to spark the Eagles. Cole Ramey hit two 35 yard field goals in the first half.

St. Joseph comes in riding a four game winning streak. The Knights are ranked in CIF for the first time in more than a year and already have one more win than they did all of last season Scotty Cusack racked up 159 total yards and scored 2 touchdowns last week. Curry Parham threw for 169 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes.

The Eagles beat the Knights last year 28-14 after the game was tied 7-7 at the half.

SAN LUIS OBISPO (1-1, 3-3) @ PIONEER VALLEY (0-1, 2-3)
San Luis Obispo is coming off an impressive 38-16 win at Paso Robles that evened its league mark at 1-1. The Tigers stormed out to a 24-0 halftime lead over the Bearcats in their most impressive half of the season. Garrett Giovannelli led the Tigers with 105 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes to go with 69 yards rushing. Sophomore Nate Greenelsh continued to impress with 114 yards rushing on 8 carries and touchdown runs of 26 and 58 yards. Sawyer Scott added 94 yards on the ground. Thomas Orradre caught 2 passes for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Jordan Knauer caught one in the final seconds of the game. Nick Hill intercepted two passes for the Tigers.

Pioneer Valley had a bye last week. Two Fridays ago, the Panthers lost 22-16 to Atascadero. Codie Corbin led the Panthers with 60 yards rushing, a 70 yard punt return for a touchdown, one sack and one interception. Jaime Tinoco, a junior, led PV with 10 tackles on defense. Quarterback Drew Johnson threw for 83 yards and rushed for 21 yards.

SLO blanked PV last year 28-0 and won in 2010 by a score of 23-21.

RIGHETTI (1-5, 0-2) @ ATASCADERO (1-1, 3-3)
The Warriors and Greyhounds continue their Pac 7 League series with an interesting streak. The visiting team has won each year since 2006. Last year, Atascadero won at Righetti 21-0.

The Warriors face a must-win game in Atascadero if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Righetti is coming off its fourth-straight loss in a 22-10 defeat to rival St. Joseph. Quarterback Troy Prober threw for 217 yards, but threw 2 costly interceptions, including one at the St. Joseph goal line. Luke Wilson caught 9 passes last week for 101 yards, while Adrian Guzman accounted for 100 yards receiving.

The Greyhounds battled, but came up short last week at AG 41-27. Jonathan Torres rushed for 83 yards on 7 carries, including a 27 yard TD run in the first half before leaving with an injury. Izaiah Cooks racked up 76 yards on the ground and 2 touchdown runs for the Hounds. Quarterback Robbie Berwick threw for 83 yards and ran in a touchdown of 26 yards.

The Bearcats will look to bounce back from a 22 point loss at home in a league game against San Luis Obispo. Garrett Nelson threw for 158 yards passing last week, including one touchdown. The Bearcats have been averaging about 240 yards per game. Colton Madrigal has scored 7 touchdowns on the ground this season. He's averaging almost 120 yards rushing per game. Receiver Bailey Gaither is the team's leading receiver. The big-play making sophomore averages almost 29 yards per reception.

Kingsburg comes in 5-0 overall. Last week, the Vikings beat Coalinga 28-23. Junior quarterback Brandon Steele completed 12 of his 23 passes for 157 yards. Six different receivers caught passes, including Andrew Peterson, who led the way with 3 catches for 41 yards. Steele also rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Senior running back Dalton Iriart racked up 86 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Kingsburg averages 160 passing yards and 228 rushing yards per game. Steele has thrown 8 TD passes and is the team's leading rusher with 423 yards and 8 rushing TDs.

Kingsburg beat San Luis Obispo in two tight ballgames in 2010 and 2011.

NIPOMO (0-2, 0-6) @ CABRILLO (2-0, 3-3)
Nipomo heads to Lompoc in search of its first win of the season. The Titans are hoping to take the momentum from the fourth quarter in last week's loss when they outscored Morro Bay 24-13 in a 48-34 loss. Quarterback Luke Shurtleff leads the LPL in passing yards. Last week, he threw for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quintin Bland caught 6 passes for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Josh Sundberg caught 11 passes for 70 yards. Tommy Saenz led the Titan ground attack with 197 yards rushing.

Cabrillo enters on a two game winning streak. Last week, the Conquistadores stormed out to a 13-0 lead over Santa Ynez, but needed a 15 yard touchdown run by Zach Fort to complete a 19-14 come from behind win in the fourth quarter. Gage Buckley threw for 127 yards last week, while Fort led Cabrillo with 40 yards.

Cabrillo has won the last two meetings, including a 21-14 victory last year.

SANTA MARIA (0-2, 1-4) @ SANTA YNEZ (0-1, 0-5)
Santa Ynez will look for its first win of the season under first year head

coach Josh McClurg when Santa Maria comes to town. The Pirates battled back from a 13-0 deficit to take a 14-13 fourth quarter lead last week in their 19-14 loss at Cabrillo. Brock Dickey went 14 for 26 for 164 yards passing last week. Freshman Austin Vreeland led the Pirates with 90 rushing yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns. Spencer Armenta caught 5 passes for 106 yards.

Santa Maria allowed 628 yards of total offense in last week's 54-7 loss to Templeton. The Saints' only touchdown came in the first quarter on a 69 yard touchdown run by David Owens. The Saints have been outscored 214-58 this season, including 109-27 the last two games.

Santa Ynez routed Santa Maria last year 45-6.



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