Nov 10, 2012 3:57 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: CIF First Round Recap, 11-9

Four of the nine Central Coast high school teams survived the first round of the CIF playoffs on Friday. Atascadero pulled off a huge upset by knocking off the top seed in the Northern Division, Morro Bay came from behind to advance, while top seeded Mission Prep and Lompoc cruised into the second round. However, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles, Templeton, San Luis Obispo and St. Joseph saw their seasons come to an end.

The Atascadero Greyhounds pulled off the biggest upset in perhaps the entire CIF-Southern Section. Atascadero, which entered the postseason 4-6, and received the final at-large berth into the Northern Division playoffs upset top seeded and previously undefeated Palmdale 26-7.
The Hounds, who were the Pac-7 League's #5 seed for CIF, were the only ones to emerge from the first round with a win.
Dominic Chance hauled in a 24 yard touchdown pass from Robbie Berwick in the second quarter to force a 7-7 tie at the half. The Hounds returned the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards and punched it in with a run from Berwick. The junior quarterback finished with 36 yards on the ground and 135 through the air. Ethan Hicks scored two rushing touchdowns and totaled 94 yards on the ground. Jonathan Torres added 72 yards and Izaiah Cooks rushed for 45. The Hounds finsihed with 265 rushing yards and 400 for the game.

The Atascadero defense forced multiple fumbles in the second half that the Hounds turned into points to pull off the win.

Atascadero improved to 5-6 overall and hosts Canyon in a second round game next Friday. Canyon eliminated San Luis Obispo 42-9 on Friday.

The opening kickoff was a strong indication of how Lompoc would deal with its first CIF playoff game as the top seed in the Western Division. The two-time defending CIF Northwest Division champions took an early 7-0 lead after Taylor Cornejo returned the kick 90 yards for a touchdown and was untouched the entire way. The Braves never looked back and cruised to their state-leading 31st straight win. Head coach Andrew Jones is a perfect 9-0 in the postseason as the Braves improved to 11-0 overall this season.

Washington recruit Lavon Coleman scored on a 5 yard touchdown to give Lompoc a 14-0 lead. St. Francis responded with a a touchdown pass, but Coleman broke free for a 55 yard touchdown run to give Lompoc a 21-7 lead the break.

Nikko Hayes sprinted for a 55 yard run early in the third quarter and Tyler Ornelas hit Willie Iribarren for a short TD pass to make it a 35-7 game. The last score came on a pick-six.

The three-time reigning Los Padres League champions gained 289 total yards of offense with 238 coming on the ground. The Lompoc defense allowed just 179 yards on the night limiting the Golden Knights to just 40 in the second half. Coleman finished with 17 carries for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hayes had 78 yards on 8 carries and one score.
Lompoc will play at Culver City next week. Culver City beat Dos Pueblos 34-20.

The Morro Bay Pirates overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit to stun Inglewood 17-14 in a Western Division first round playoff game.

The Pirates improved to 8-3 on the season after collecting their first playoff win since 2010.

The Sentinels returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead. Jackson Chavez booted home a 32 yard field goal in the first half to put the Pirates on the board.

Jordan Bray closed the gap to 14-10 with a 3 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The senior quarterback scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14 yard run with just under 7 minutes to play in the game. Inglewood had a chance to tie it, but missed a 45 yard field goal.

Derek Viles led the Pirates running attack with 123 yards, while Tristan Collins added 82. Bray finished with 56 yards on the ground. As a team, the PIrates rushed for 339 yards in the game.

Morro Bay hosts #2 seeded Chaminade next Friday. Chaminade won its first round game 64-11 over Pacifica.

The Templeton Eagles were shutout in a 44-0 road loss to Santa Monica High in a first round game in the Western Division playoffs.

Santa Monica wide receiver Jason King scored four touchdowns. The first came in the first quarter when Ryan Barbarin and King connected on a 42 yard TD. They connected for a 34 yard score in the second quarter and added his third on a 65 yard run, most of which came after the catch, in the third quarter to make it 37-0. His fourth touchdown came when he returned an interception 68 yards to end it. King had 4 catches for 154 yards on the night.

Dan Loney's Eagles finished the season with a 7-4 record. Templeton had advanced to the CIF semifinals the previous two years.

The San Luis Obispo Tigers entered the playoffs without the services of running back Riley Humphrey (tibia) and quarterback Garrett Giovannelli (MCL). They suffered more injuries in a 42-9 loss at Canyon in a first round Northern Division playoff game.

The Tigers scored first on a 17 yard touchdown run from Nate Greenelsh. It was all Canyon from there as the Cowboys scored 21-straight points on touchdown passes from quarterback Cade Apsay. The Tigers managed a safety but trailed 28-9 at the half. Late in the second quarter, Tiger quarterback Thomas Orradre went down with an injury and did not return. Nick Hill took snaps behind center in the second half as did the junior varsity quarterback brought up for the game.

Sawyer Scott rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries, while Greenelsh finished 85 on 9 carries.

apsay was 13 for 20 for 246 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Domdinic Pennucci rushed for 139 yards on 14 carries and 1 touchdown. Drew Wolitarsky, the all-time leader in receptions in state history, had 9 catches for 129 yards and 2 TDs. Liam Cabrera had 4 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.

The Tigers finished the season 6-5 overall after a third place finish in the Pac 7 League. Canyon plays at Atascadero next Friday at 7:30 pm in the second round.

The Paso Robles Bearcats nearly pulled off an upset at Valenica, the #2 seed in the Northern Division. Paso Robles carried a 19-14 lead into halftime after sophomore kicker Bryce Pasky converted a 47 yard field goal, his second FG of the night.

However, Valencia came out to retake a 29-19 third quarter lead with two touchdowns.Early in the fourth, quarterback Garrett Nelson completed a screen pass to running back Colton Madrigal for a 69-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 29-26.

The senior Madrigal finished the game with 26 rushes for 130 yards, along with three receptions for 138 yards and two total touchdowns.

Valencia answered on its next two possessions to put it out of reach.

Paso Robles finished the season 6-5 overall, but return several key players next season.

Arroyo Grande High, the defending CIF Western Division champion, was stunned on its home field by Hart 48-6 on Friday. The Eagles were eliminated in the first round of the CIF Northern Division playoffs. The Eagles were forced to play without starting quarterback Matt Willkomm, who sat out the game with an ankle injury suffered in last week's win over San Luis Obispo.

Junior Mikey Gutierrez started behind center for AG, but could never get the Eagle offense to take flight. He finished with 125 yards passing, after only attempting one pass in the season prior to the game.

The Eagles only touchdown came on a 98 yard kickoff return from Elijah Holt. The extra point attempt failed and AG trailed 13-6 in the first quarter, but that was as close as the co-Pac 7 League champions would get.

Hart started the scoring on a 76 yard touchdown reception, nearly 70 of which came after the catch. The Indians added a 30 yard touchdown run to make it 13-0 with 3:53 left in the first quarter. Hart responded to Holt's touchdowns return with a 24 yard TD strike to make it 21-6 early in the second quarter. Holt fumbled the next kickoff return and Hart scored on an 11 yard touchdown and eventually carried a 34-6 lead into the half. They finished with 560 yards of total offense. Running back Connor Wingenroth returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Wingenroth ran in a score, caught a TD pass and ran in a touchdown. Quarterback Brady White finished with 335 passing yards and threw 3 TD strikes.

Hart had been ranked #1 in the Northern Division before losing its last two games of the regular season.

Arroyo Grande finished the season 8-3 overall.

Mission Prep senior quarterback Tyler Baty threw four touchdown passes as the top seeded Royals disposed of Frazier Mountain in a first round Northeast Division game in San Luis Obispo.

The Royals were up 14-0 at the half before Frazier Mountain fullback Casey Holcomb broke lose for an 82 yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter. Mission Prep responded with three touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 35-8 lead to the fourth.

Baty finished with 288 passing yards. Hall had 6 catches for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. Laird had 24 rushing yards and 46 yards receiving with 1 score. Cardwell had 58 yards on the ground with 15 carries.

The Mission defense recovered 3 fumbles and picked off one pass.

The Royals improve to 10-1 and will play at Flintridge Prep in La Canada next Friday. Flintridge Prep is 6-4 after a 34-28 win against Ribet Academy.



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