Aug 25, 2012 3:06 AM by Andrew Masuda
Week Zero of the high school football season is in the books. Fourteen Central Coast teams opened their 2012 campaign on Friday night, including four teams with new head coaches.
The premier matchup featured two defending CIF champion teams in a rematch of last year's season opener. The Lompoc Braves extended their winning streak to 21 games with a convincing 31-0 victory over Arroyo Grande. The Eagles saw their 13 game winning streak come to an end. Washington recruit Lavon Coleman, one of the top running backs in the states, rushed for 170 yards and scored a 19 yard touchdown in the second quarter and a 2 yard score in the fourth quarter. Taylor Cornejo added 55 yards on the ground for the Braves, while Nikko Hayes and Francisco Arellano added 1-yard touchdown runs for the two-time defending CIF champions. All-State kicker Jose Morales made a 33 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
The Jack Greer era at Morro Bay started out with a bang. The Pirates rushed for a total of 362 yards on 47 carries as a team in their 42-7 win at Torres in Los Angeles. Jake and Dan Beavers shined on the defensive end for the Pirates. Quarterback Jordan Bray was 6 for 10 for 107 passing yards for Morro Bay. Tristan Collins and Derek Viles each rushed for more than 100 yards apiece. Collins scored 3 touchdowns to go with 101 yards, while Viles compiled 145 yards on the ground on 11 carries. All told, the Pirates racked up 471 total yards of offense. The Pirates, who went 1-9 last season, return home to host Atascadero next Friday.
After getting shunned by the selection committee last season from the CIF playoffs, the Mission Prep Royals are on a mission to get to the postseason in 2012. They sure played like it on Friday. The Royals scored 34 points in the first half and beat Fillmore 40-7. Tyler Baty threw for 188 yards for the Royals and 3 touchdown passes, two of the TD passes went to Andy Rowley. Michael Cardwell returned a punt for a touchdown, while Joey Hall and Patrick Laird also scored for the Royals. Joey Donner capped the scoring with an 80 yard touchdown run to end the game. The Royals play at Rio Hondo next week.
The Pioneer Valley Panthers are playing with a purpose this season. PV honored assistant coach Neil Reed and his family prior to its season opener against Nipomo. Reed passed away this summer. The Panthers built a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back on their way to a 37-10 win over the Titans. Junior Andrew Madrigal started at quarterback for the Panthers. He scored the first touchdown on a short run and added an 80 yard second quarter run. He rushed nine times for 108 yards in the victory and threw for 158 passing yards. Madrigal hit Cody Corbin for a 66 yard touchdown late in the first half. Corbin also had a 73 yard touchdown run in the first quarter for PV. The Titans' lone touchdown came in the second quarter as Luke Shurtleff connected with Quinton Bland on a slant. The Titans will play at Arroyo Grande next week, while PV plays at Templeton.
Templeton football won a back-and-forth thriller 49-42 at Carpinteria. The Eagles ended the Warriors season last year in the first round of the playoffs and started Carpinteria's season off with a loss. Quarterback Alex Elterman had a huge night for the Eagles with 289 yards passing to go along with 95 yards on the ground. Tobey Isbell had a big night for Templeton as well racking up 122 receiving yards on 5 passes and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Murphee caught 4 balls for 107 yards. The game was tied 34-34 after three quarters, but the Eagles scored 15-straight points in the fourth quarter. Carpinteria scored with 6 seconds left in the game to account for its final points on the board. The Eagles host Pioneer Valley next Friday.
The Righetti Warriors built a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. However, visiting Villa Park scored 21 unanswered points to stun the Warriors 28-21. Luke Wilson had two interceptions for the Warriors in the first half. The second pick led to a touchdown run by Collin Cooper. The game was tied 7-7 at the half, until the Warriors scored two touchdowns in third quarter to take the lead. Troy Prober scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak for the first score. He hit Adrian Guzman for a 52 yard touchdown with what proved to be the final TD for Righetti. Prober threw for 221 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Warriors with 66 yards rushing. The Warriors will look to get back on track next Friday against Cabrillo.
Paso Robles started out with a bang. The Bearcats built a 14-0 lead in the second quarter against Bullard, the CIF runner-up from last season. However, Bullard took advantage of some turnovers to score the next 33 points unanswered in a 33-14 win. Paso Robles struck first on a 42 yard touchdown strike from Garrett Nelson to Bailey Gaither to put Paso on the board first. The Bearcats followed with a 25 yard touchdown connection from Nelson to Colton Madrigal to take a commanding 14-0 lead. However, the Knights scored after recovering a fumble and went for the two-point conversion to make it a 14-8 game. Paso was driving in the final minute of the first half, but Nelson's pass was picked off by Isaiah Justice around the Bullard 10 yard line. He returned it 90 yards for a pick-six to give Bullard the lead for good 15-14 at the half. Nelson finished the game 8 for 23 passing for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Madrigal ran for 90 yards on 22 carries. The Bearcats have a bye next week before returning to action September 7 at Santa Ynez.
Atascadero opened its campaign at home against the defending CIF Central Section champions from Clovis North. The Greyhounds, who lost almost two dozens seniors to graduation, fell behind 20-0 in the second quarter and never recovered. Junior quarterback Robbie Berwick led a scoring drive in the second quarter that ended with a Dominic Chance touchdown pass as Atascadero trailed 27-7 at the half. Berwick later hit Hunter Stemper for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Atascadero will look to get back on track next Friday at Morro Bay.
After finishing runner-up in CIF last season, the Cabrillo Conquistadores started the 2012 season with a 27-14 win at San Marcos. With the game tied 14-14 at the half, Cabrillo dominated the second half. The Conqs scored on their first possession of the second half as Bryce Moses broke loose for a 38 yard touchdown run. Cabrillo scored again late in the fourth quarter with 10 seconds to play to seal the victory. Nick Pence had a solid night for Cabrillo and scored the first touchdown of the game. Alex Green sprinted to a 63 yard touchdown in the first half. The Conquistadores return to action next Friday against Righetti.
Bishop Diego spoiled Don Willis' head coaching debut at Santa Maria on Friday with a 54-3 win over the Saints. The Cardinals scored on every possession they had in the first quarter and built a 34-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. Jack Gregson ran 13 times for 254 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Sophomore Abel Gonzalez racked up 82 yards on 5 carries for 2 more scores. Gabe Molina connected with BJ Murillo for a 76 yard touchdown reception for Bishop as part of the first quarter action. Santa Maria, which has 15 wins over the last nine seasons, will try to get back on track next week at Marina. Manny Rico accounted for the Saints' only points with a 22 yard field goal. Jacob Rodas led the Saints with 37 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Emilio Gonzalez knocked away a pass from Scott Cuzack on a fake field goal play with six seconds left to deliver Santa Barbara a thrilling 25-22 win over St. Joseph. Gonzalez also scored the game-winning touchdown with about 1:30 to play in the game on a 9 yard pass from Shawn Ramos to deliver a tough loss to Dustin Davis in his head coaching debut with the Knights. The Dons were able to score the go-ahead points only after they stopped the Knights on 4th and 2 at the 41 yard line with about 3:30 to play. The Knights were leading 22-18 at that point. The Knights took an early 8-3 lead after Curry Parham hit Zak Karsh for a 28 yard touchdown pass and got the 2-point conversion. Santa Barbara led 9-8 at the half until a wild second half. Wesley Williams scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter to give St. Joe a 15-9 lead. Santa Barbara regained the lead 18-15 though on a safety and a 37 yard touchdown run. Cusack silenced the home team with a 94 yard kickoff return to give the Knights the lead back 22-18. Parham threw for 243 yards and Karsh caught 11 passes for 167 yards. The Knights host San Joaquin Memorial next Friday.
Santa Ynez never got its offense going against Dos Pueblos. The Pirates and first year head coach Josh McClurg lost to the Chargers 12-0. DP put two points on the board with a safety in the first quarter. LeShon Bell scored the only touchdown in the game in the second quarter on a 60 yard run. Quarterback Brock Dickey threw for 42 yards for Santa Ynez, but threw two interceptions. DP held Santa Ynez to 35 total yards, while the Chargers accounted for a little more than 300 yards of total offense. Santa Ynez will try to give McClurg his first win as the head coach next week at Bishop Diego. The Chargers travel to San Luis Obispo next Friday in our game of the week.
San Luis Obispo opens its season on Saturday at home against Garces. Kickoff is at 5:30 pm.
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