Posted: Sep 24, 2011 1:46 AM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Sep 24, 2011 10:43 PM
A few teams lit up the scoreboards on Friday night, while Mother Nature filled the night sky with lightning during the fourth week of high school football games.
Lightning storms forced the suspension or cancellation of three games. Paso Robles' highly anticipated battle at Bakersfield powerhouse Centennial never started. It was postponed due to lightning and thunder in the area. Righetti led 20-0 at Templeton late in the first half when the game was suspended due to lightning. Santa Ynez and Carpinteria never started the second half as a lightning storm forced officials to call it with the Pirates leading 21-0. CIF rules require officials to wait 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before resuming play. It is believed the games will go down as no contests and not be rescheduled.
San Luis Obispo won its third straight game to improve to 3-1 with a 29-15 win over visiting Morro Bay. The Tigers roared to the early lead on a field goal, followed by an 80 yard quarterback keeper by Garrett Giovanelli . Later, he connected with Trevor McGuire on a 31 yard touchdown strike to give the Tigers a 16-0 lead at halftime. Morro Bay responded in the second half on a 5 yard touchdown pass from Bryce Owens to Dan Beavers, after the two-point conversion it was 16-8 SLO. The Tigers responded on a 16 yard touchdown run by Jacob Flores. After MacLeod intercepted an Owens' pass, the Tigers capitalized on a one yard run on fourth down by Giovannelli. The Pirates added a late touchdown on a 37 yard connection from Owens to Derek Viles. Owens finished with 169 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, while Giovannelli ran for 136 yards and threw for almost 70 more. The Tiger defense was led by Jack Ferguson, the highly recruited junior.
Arroyo Grande improved to 3-1 and handed Cabrillo its first loss of the season with a 56-21 rout of the visiting Conquistadores. The Eagles ran for 479 yards and 8 touchdowns on 43 carries, averaging 11 yards per carry behind their dominant offensive line. Henry Adelman ran for 158 yards on 9 carries. He scored two of his three touchdowns within the first 3 minutes of the game. The Eagles built a 28-0 first quarter lead after Oregon State-bound quarterback Brent VanderVeen ran for two more scores. Seth Jacobs added another score to give AG a 35-7 halftime lead. Jacobs rushed for 67 yards on 4 carries. Vanderveen completed 4 of 7 passes for 51 yards and ran for 53 yards on 7 carries and 3 touchdowns. Gabe De Leon rushed for 114 yards on 10 carries and one score. Garrett Owens rushed for 62 yards on two carries. He caught one pass for 8 yards and converted all 8 of his PATs. He also booted six of his nine kickoffs for touchbacks. The Conquistadores first half touchdown was a 50 yard touchdown reception from Henry Fienga to Jeff Aldridge where almost 40 yards came after the catch. Isaiah Montes scored on the Conquistadores' opening drive of the second half on a 4 yard run. Cabrillo dropped to 3-1 on the season headed into league play.
Atascadero returned home with a 49-7 thumping over visiting Seaside. The Greyhounds scored on their opening possession on a 3 yard touchdown run by Hunter Stemper. He added a 1 yard scoring run later in the. Davis Cracknell returned a punt 64 yards to make it 21-0 Hounds. Sophomore quarterback Robbie Berwick later threw a 27 yard touchdown strike to Logan Sprouse to help the Hounds build a 28-0 lead. Berwick added a 71 yard touchdown run in the second half, and Josh Osorio reached paydirt with a 35 yard run. Sprouse finished the game with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The Hounds improved to 3-1 and host Arroyo Grande next week in a huge PAC-7 league opener for both teams.
After getting shutout and outscored 14-0 in the second half in last week's 14-10 loss to Palma, St. Joseph responded this week with a dominant second half. The Knights outscored visiting Mater Dei 28-0 in the second half to win 35-7. Zak Karsh scored in the second quarter for the Knights, who were tied 7-7 at the half. Quarterback Paul Avila led the Knights' offense in the second half throwing for almost 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. He finished with 261 passing yards in the game. The Knights took the lead for good on the second play of the third quarter, a screen pass to Karsh that resulted in a 60 yard touchdown. Eddie Cavazos darted by the defense for a 25 yard run to make it 21-7 St. Joe. Avila hit Karsh in the back of the endzone on a pretty pass to make it 28-7 Knights. Karsh finished with 5 catches for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as a rushing score. The Knights were led on the ground by Cavazos, who had 81 rushing yards. St. Joe improved to 2-1 on the season after outgaining Mater Dei 411 total yards to 103.
With starting quarterback Luciano Lopez out of action and star running back Lavon Coleman limited to just 8 carries, the Lompoc Braves still found a way to win. The Braves shutout Dos Pueblos 23-0 to improve to 4-0 on the season. Joe Valla, the team's star linebacker, carried the load offensively in the fourth quarter. He ran for 70 yards on just 4 carries and two fourth quarter touchdowns to seal the win. Lompoc built a 10-0 lead first half lead on a 36 yard field goal by Jose Morales and a one yard run by Damion Black. The Lompoc defense limited the Chargers' star running back Joshua Bartley, the reigning Channel League MVP, to 17 yards on 17 carries. Lompoc quarterback Tyler Ornelas threw for 41 yards and completed just 3 of his 9 passes. Taylor Cornejo carried the ball 16 times for 70 yards.
Mission Prep bounced back from last week's loss at Bishop Diego with a 21-16 win at Villanova Prep in Ojai. Tyler Baty completed 21 of his 45 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Trevor Fernandez broke a scoreless game with a 41 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Mission actually trailed 10-7 late into the third quarter when Baty ran for a 56 yard score to give the Royals the lead for good. A 20 yard touchdown pass from Baty to Shawn McNamara in the fourth quarter sealed the win and improve Mission's record to 3-1. Fernandez finished with 5 catches for 70 yards, while Mike Cardwell led the Mission ground game with 124 rushing yards on 20 carries. Pat Laird caught 5 passes for 56 yards and ran 8 carries for 42 yards.
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