Nov 2, 2012 12:31 PM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: Week 10 Preview

The renewal of rivalries, league titles and playoff positioning are involved during the final week of the regular season of high school football. It is Week 10 of Friday Night Highlights. All games listed below start at 7pm unless otherwise noted.

The CIF Southern Section Office releases the playoff pairings on Sunday. So whether a team has clinched a postseason berth or is trying to build its resume, there is a lot to play for Friday.

ARROYO GRANDE (4-1, 7-2) @ SAN LUIS OBISPO (4-1,6-3)
The two Central Coast rivals square off with the winner earning a piece of the Pac 7 League title with St. Joseph. AG is ranked 7th in the CIF Northern Division this week, while the Tigers are ranked 10th.

Arroyo Grande has won the last three meetings, including a 42-12 win over San Luis Obispo last season to clinch the outright Pac 7 crown. SLO last beat AG in 2008 under head coach Vic Ecklund.

The defending league champion Eagles are coming off a thrilling 20-13 overtime win over Paso Robles. Matt Willkomm threw for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown. Grant Alton caught the two TD passes.

The Tigers, who have not won a share of a league title since 2003, have won four games in a row. They beat Atascadero last week 31-14 behind 212 rushing yards. Quarterback Garrett Giovannelli threw for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with his 118 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Parker Lauritzen caught a 20 yard touchdown pass and hauled in an interception.

LOMPOC (5-0,9-0) VS CABRILLO (3-2, 4-5)
The crosstown rivals close out the regular season with a head-to-head showdown. The Braves have won 29-straight games and can wrap up a third-straight outright Los Padres League title with a win over the Conquistadores.

Lompoc built a 52-0 first half lead in their 58-13 win last week at Nipomo. Nikko Hayes had 3 carries for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first quarter last Friday. Washington recruit Lavon Coleman returned from a five game absence with an injury to rush 55 yards and one touchdown. The Braves finished the game with 468 total yards of offense, 410 of them came on the ground.

Cabrillo is coming off a bye week, but lost its previous two games 42-14 at Templeton and 49-7 at Morro Bay. Bryce Moses continues to be the Conquistadores' main offensive weapon. The junior running back has more than 1,000 yards rushing this season.

Lompoc has won the last four meetings with the Conquistadores, including 42-7 to win the outright LPL title and 21-0 to win the CIF championship last season. Cabrillo last beat Lompoc in 2008 by a 10-7 score.

TEMPLETON (4-1, 7-2) @ MORRO BAY (4-1, 6-3)
A lot more than bragging rights will be on the line in the latest installment of The Clash of the Coast between the Pirates and Eagles. The winner will either earn a piece of the Los Padres League title with Lompoc if the Braves lose to Cabrillo, or seal the league's #2 seed for the Western Division playoffs if Lompoc beats Cabrillo.

Under first year head coach Jack Greer, Morro Bay has rebounded from a 1-9 campaign to clinch a spot in the CIF playoffs. The Pirates are coming off a 42-0 win at Santa Maria behind 297 yards rushing and 6 rushing touchdowns. Derek Viles led the Pirates with 101 yards on just 5 carries and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Jordan Bray ran for 92 yards and 2 TDs.

Templeton built a 28-0 lead in the third quarter last week and hung on to win at Santa Ynez 28-14 to clinch a playoff spot under head coach Dan Loney. The Eagles were led by quarterback Alex Elterman, who threw for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tobey Isbell racked up 140 receiving yards and scored 1 touchdown. Andy Garrettson and Tyler Murphee, also caught TD passes. Murpee added a 14 yard rushing score.

Templeton beat the Pirates last season 41-21 after Morro Bay beat the Eagles 30-16 in 2010.

PASO ROBLES (2-3, 5-4) @ ATASCADERO (2-3, 4-5)
The Bearcats and Greyhounds meet for the 87th time in the North County Battle on Friday. The Bearcats lead the all-time series 54-28-4. Both teams need a win to improve their chances of receiving an at-large berth into the CIF playoffs.

Paso Robles is coming off a heartbreaking 20-13 overtime loss at Arroyo Grande. Colton Madrigal rushed for 210 yards and scored a touchdown with less than a minute to go in regulation to tie it 13-13. Quarterback Garrett Nelson threw for 169 yards and rushed for 35 more yards. Bailey Gaither racked up 210 yards receiving, including an 80 yard touchdown pass from Nelson.

Atascadero lost last week 31-14 at San Luis Obispo. Quarterback Robbie Berwick, a junior, went 14 for 18 passing for 175 yards. He hit Dominic Chance for a 50 yard touchdown pass. Izaiah Cooks also scored a 2 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Greyhounds will look to re-establish their run game that was held to 84 yards against the Tigers.

Paso Robles has won three in a row over Atascadero, including a 28-19 win last season. The Greyhounds last beat the Bearcats in 2008.

PIONEER VALLEY (0-5,2-7) @ RIGHETTI (1-4, 2-7)
The crosstown rivalry continues between these two teams that have split their last four meetings. Righetti has won the last two, including last year 26-14 .

Pioneer Valley is looking for its first Pac 7 win of the season and to snap a five game losing skid. The Panthers lost 49-16 last week to St. Joseph. Quarterback Drew Johnson was 10 for 14 for 121 yards and one touchdown pass to Roddrick Pullen. Johnson also ran in a touchdown. Junior running back Ernesto Barrera led the Panthers with 130 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Righetti is coming off its bye week and trying to end a disappointing season on a positive note. The Warriors lost a back-and-forth battle with Arroyo Grande their last time out 46-34. Quarterback Troy Prober completed 22 of his 50 passes for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns. He connected with Luke Wilson for a 24 yard TD and with Jacob Hummel on a 64 yard strike. Prober, Collin Cooper and Taelor Griego each scored one rushing touchdown.

NIPOMO (1-4, 1-8) @ SANTA YNEZ (1-4, 1-8)
Two teams with identical records square off in Santa Ynez.

The Pirates are coming off a 28-14 loss at home to Templeton. Quarterback Brock Dickey finished with 24 completions, a new school single game record, for 228 yards. He threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Spencer Arementa in the fourth quarter. Armenta also his Alec Hanna for a 9 yard strike in the third quarter. Freshman Austin Vreeland had 10 catches in the loss.

Nipomo is trying to recover from a 58-13 loss to Nipomo. Running back Tommy Saenz finished with 161 yards on 36 carries and 2 touchdowns. Tommy Barrios started at quarterback for a sick Luke Shurtleff. Barrios threw for 63 yards on 10 for 16 passing. The Nipomo defense allowed the Braves to rack up 468 yards of total offense.


The Saints close out first year head coach Don Willis' first year in Montebello against the Cardinals.

Santa Maria is coming off a 42-0 loss at Morro Bay. The Saints will look to score their first offensive touchdown in four games. Last week, Dominique Garrett threw for 79 yards, including 65 yards to Marco Manzo. David Owens led the Saints' ground game with 37 yards. Santa Maria allowed 297 yards rushing to Morro Bay in the loss.

Cantwell Sacred Heart is coming off a 61-30 loss to La Salle. Cardinals quarterback Timothy Walsh threw for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards and another score. He did throw 4 interceptions in the loss. Jared Gonzales rushed for 128 yards on 19 carries and scored once. Jacob Rush caught 7 passes for 101 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Cardinals lost in the second round of the CIF playoffs last season to Cabrillo.

WEST (4-5) @ ST. JOSEPH (5-1, 7-2)
Having already secured a piece of its first-ever Pac 7 League title, St. Joseph hosts West out of Bakersfield in a non-league game to close out the the regular season.

The Knights are coming off a big 49-16 win at Pioneer Valley. Scotty Cusack had 88 rushing yards and 156 receiving yards and scored 5 touchdowns in the win. Quarterback Curry Parham was 12 for 18 for 315 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Ryan Mediano caught 4 passes for 115 yards in the victory.

West is coming off a 35-13 win over Mira Monte. Stanley Dubard had 20 carries for 133 yards and scored 3 TDs. Quarterback Enrique Salazar threw for 92 yards and rushed for 36 more. The Vikings scored all five touchdowns on the ground. West averages 202 rushing yards per game. Dubard has 1,005 yards and 10 rushing TDs this season.

The Knights are already guaranteed the Pac 7's top seed for the CIF playoffs.

BISHOP DIEGO (9-0) @ MISSION PREP (9-0), 7:30 pm
Two undefeated teams, ranked #1 in their CIF Divisions square off in an epic regular season finale with State Bowl Game implications. Mission Prep, which averages 49 points per game, hosts Bishop Diego, which averages 42 points per game.

Mission Prep is coming off a forfeit win over Rancho Christian, which backed out of its game last week. The Royals are averaging 240 passing yards and 219 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Tyler Baty has thrown for 1,922 yards and has 29 touchdown passes to just 3 interceptions. Michael Cardwell has 1,086 rushing yards this season and scored 12 touchdowns, while returning 3 kicks for touchdowns. Patrick Laird has 481 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns via the ground to go with 17 catches for 396 yards and 4 TDs. Joey Hall has caught 32 passes for 810 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hall has also returned 2 kicks for touchdowns.

Bishop has outscored its opponents 375-89 this season and averaged 307 yards rushing per game. They're coming off a thrilling 14-7 win over previously undefeated and top ranked Northoff. Bishop is now the #1 ranked team in the Northwest Division and Tri-Valley League champions. They feature two junior quarterbacks in Gabe Molina (253 yards passing and 5 TD) and Anthony Carter (556 yards passing, 8 TD passes, 611 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns). Running back Abel Gonzalez is the team's leading rusher with 673 yards and 9 TD, while Jack Gregson has 510 yards on the ground. Nolan Tooley is the team's top receiver with 204 receiving yards and 4 TD catches. Justin Brosnan is a beast on defense with 12 sacks on the season, while Troy Skinner has a team-high 5 interceptions.

In the latest CIF Division 4 State poll, Bishop was ranked #2 in Southern California, while Mission was tabbed #3.

Note: The CIF-Southern Section office will release the at-large teams on its website at 8am on Sunday. The bracket for the Northern Division (Pac 7) and Western Division ( Los Padres League) will be released at 10:30 am, while the the Northeast Division (Mission) will be published at noon.



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