Nov 16, 2012 12:31 PM by Andrew Masuda

Four area football teams continue CIF title hunts Friday

Four Central Coast high school football teams remain alive in the CIF playoffs and return to action Friday with second round games. Top seeded Lompoc and Mission Prep play in Southern California, while Morro Bay and Atascadero are at home competing for spots in next week's semifinals.

CANYON (8-2-1) @ ATASCADERO (5-6)
After pulling off the biggest upset in the CIF-Southern Section last week, the Atascadero High football team looks to continue its Cinderella postseason run. The Greyhounds finished fifth in the Pac 7 League, but still managed to earn an at-large berth into the Northern Division playoffs.

The Greyhounds stunned previously undefeated and top seeded Palmdale last week 26-7. Atascadero rushed for 265 yards as a team led by sophomore Ethan Hicks, who set a career-high with 94 yards on 15 carries and scored his first two touchdowns of the season. Hicks' first touchdown gave Atascadero the lead for good 14-7 in the third quarter. Quarterback Robbie Berwick threw for 135 yards and 1 touchdown to go with 26 yards on the ground and one score. Jonathan Torres ran for 72 yards on 7 carries. Dominic Chance caught a 24 yard touchdown pass in the first half. Torres leads the Hounds with 771 yards on the ground and 9 touchdowns despite missing a few games with an injury. Izaiah Cooks has added 709 yards on the ground. Wayde Vierra has caught 26 passes for 403 yards, while Chance has 29 receptions for 543 yards and 5 TDs. Ryan Lombardi led the Hounds with 80 tackles in the regular season.

Canyon comes in after a 42-9 win over San Luis Obispo. The Cowboys are 8-2 overall and looking to knock out their second-straight Pac 7 League team. Quarterback Cade Apsay, a junior, has thrown for 3,185 yards and 38 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. The junior has also rushed for 311 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns. He threw for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns and scored 2 on the ground against the Tigers. Dominic Pennucci ran for 139 yards and one touchdown last week. Drew Wolitarsky led the team with 9 catches for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Tigers. After breaking NFL receiver Steve Smith's high school record for most career receiving yards, Wolitarsky set a new state record in the game against the Tigers to up his career mark to 271 catches. Sophomore Liam Cabrera added 4 catches for 118 yards and one score last week. He has 39 catches for 745 yards and 12 TD catches to go with 4 interceptions on defense.

The winners advances to face either Mira Costa or West Torrance in the semifinals.

LOMPOC (11-0) @ CULVER CITY (7-4)
The Lompoc Braves and their 31 game winning streak hit the road to play in a Western Division quarterfinal game at Culver City.

Lompoc is coming off a dominant 42-7 win over St. Francis. The Braves, who are the #1 seed in the division, rushed for 242 yards as a team led by 90 yards on 9 carries and one touchdown from Nikko Hayes, as well as 2 touchdowns and 81 yards from Washington recruit Lavon Coleman. Quarterback Tyler Ornelas threw for 46 yards, including a 5 yard touchdown to Willie Iribarren. Tyler Cornejo started the scoring by returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. He added 59 yards and one rushing touchdown. Junior lineman Ainuu Taua racked up 4 tackles and 2 sacks in the win. Ornelas has thrown for 865 yards and 11 touchdowns with 8 interceptions. Hayes leads the Braves with 860 rushing yards this season with 13 touchdowns. Coleman has 728 yards and 8 TDs in 6 games. Lompoc averages 295 yards rushing per game. Rafael Arellano is the team's top receiver with 19 catches for 412 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Culver City is coming off a 34-20 win over Dos Pueblos that featured three touchdowns on plays of 70 yards or more. Sophomore Stanley Norman scored on a 72 yard screen pass in the first half and intercepted 2 passes in the second half. He returned one 70 yards for his second TD of the game. Julius Wilson added a 75 yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Xan Cuevas has thrown for more than 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Justin Montgomery is his primary target. Keishawn Haley, a senior linebacker, leads the Centaurs with 119 tackles. Norman has 7 interceptions on the season. Culver City lost to Arroyo Grande in the CIF title game last season.

If Lompoc wins, it will face either Santa Monica or Serra in the semifinals.

CHAMINADE (10-1) @ MORRO BAY (8-3)
The Morro Bay Pirates and first year head coach Jack Greer look to continue their impressive season. After a second place finish in the Los Padres League, the Pirates earned their first playoff win since 2010 last Friday.

The Pirates overcame a 14-3 deficit at halftime to win at Inglewood 17-14 last week. Morro Bay quarterback Jordan Bray ran for two touchdowns to complete the second half comeback. The Pirates rushed for 301 yards on 59 carries. Derek Viles led the way with 135 yards on 25 carries. Tristan Collins ran for 80 yards on 16 carries, while Bray finished with 53 yards on the ground. Morro Bay lost two fumbles, but still managed to win. Kaine Davis led the Pirates with 9 tackles in the victory. Bray has thrown for 697 yards and 4 touchdowns this season to go with 911 rushing yards and 11 TD runs. Viles leads the team with 1,343 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Collins has scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for 704 yards. Jake Beavers is the team's leading tackler with 114 of them.

Chaminade enters as the 12th ranked team in the state according to MaxPreps. The Eagles are coming off a 54-11 win over Pacifica with 4 touchdowns on plays of more than 50 yards. Terrell Newby ran for a 79 yard touchdown on his first carry of the game as the Eagles scored on their first nine possessions of the game. In the first quarter alone, Newby carried the ball 6 times for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished with 141 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns to up his total to 1,896 yards and 33 touchdowns on the season. Newby, a 5-10, 185 pound running back, has almost one dozen scholarship offers from schools like Oregon, UCLA and Washington. This season he rushed for 351 yards and 8 touchdowns against Harvard-Westlake and also enjoyed a 6 touchdown game. Donovan Lee added 3 touchdowns last week, including kickoff returns of 80 and 76 yard scores. Defensive ends Mike Ashley and Cory Harris have combined on 28 sacks and 126 tackles. Harris has 17.5 sacks.

The Eagles' lone loss this season came at the hands of Oaks Christian 44-30 early in the season. Chaminade is trying to avoid being eliminated from the postseason for the third-straight year by a Central Coast team. Chaminade lost to Arroyo Grande in the semifinals in 2010 and 2011.

The winners of this quarterfinal game advances to play either Camarillo or Cathedral in the semis.

The Mission Prep Royals, the top ranked team in the Northeast Division, continue their quest for the program's first-ever CIF-southern Section title with a trip to La Canada. Flintridge Prep is the alma mater of former Cal Poly star and current New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden. The Royals performed an exorcism earlier this week to put their Week 10 loss to Bishop Diego behind them and refocus mentally for their playoff run.

The Royals earned a dominant 41-8 first round home win over Frazier Mountain. Quarterback Tyler Baty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns to go with 1 interception. Michael Cardwell led the Royals with 66 yards rushing on 15 carries and one touchdown. Joey Hall caught 6 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns. Evan Talbert and Patrick Laird also caught TD strikes from Baty. Cardwell has rushed for 1,204 yards this season averaging 8.54 yards per carry with 13 TDs. Hall has hauled in 44 catches for 1,060 yards and 18 TDs. Laird, a junior, has 961 total yards of offense with 13 touchdowns combined. Andrew DeSesa leads the Royals with 71 tackles and 7 sacks.

Flintridge Prep is coming off a 34-28 overtime victory over Ribet Academy in the first round. Quarterback Clayton Weirrick hit 6-7 receiver Kareem Issmail for the game-winner in OT. The Rebels had a chance to in regulation after Stefan Smith scored from 2 yards out to tie the score 28-28 with 5 seconds left, but the 2 point conversion failed. Stefan Smith had 181 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns on 24 carries to go along with 4 catches for 37 yards. He averages about 135 rushing yards per game.

The winner moves on to play either Bishop Union or Salesian in the semifinals.



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