Nov 3, 2012 3:51 AM by Andrew Masuda/Bill Halter
The final night of the regular season of Friday Night Highlights featured some epic showdowns. Arroyo Grande bested rival San Luis Obispo to claim a share of the Pac 7 League title with St. Joseph. Lompoc routed crosstown rival Cabrillo for its 30th-straight win and third-straight outright Los Padres League title. The Mission Prep Royals lost their bid for perfection on a Bishop Diego touchdown with 7 seconds to play.
The waiting game is underway because the CIF Southern Section Office releases its playoff pairings on Sunday morning. First round games will take place Friday, November 9. League champions St. Joseph and Lompoc are guaranteed home games. Arroyo Grande and Morro Bay hope being their league's #2 seeds is enough to open the postseason at open.
ARROYO GRANDE 28 @ SAN LUIS OBISPO 24
The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead early on a touchdown run by Nate Greenelsh and a scoring pass from Garrett Giovannelli to Parker Lauritzen. In the second quarter, Arroyo Grande cut the lead in half with a 60 yard touchdown pass from Matt Willkomm to Grant Alton.
On San Luis Obispo's next series, Giovannelli took a shot to the knee while running up field with the ball. He stayed on the field in pain before trainers ran out and helped him to the sideline. Giovannelli was then carted to locker room. He returned in the second half on crutches. The senior quarterback will know more about the severity of the knee injury after tests are done. He was the Tigers most important offensive player and also returned punts, kicks and was the teams punter.
Arroyo Grande scored two more touchdowns on runs from Michael Jordano and Elijah Holt before the half to take a 21-14 lead to the break. San Luis Obispo answered with a scoring drive in the third quarter led by back up quarterback Thomas Orradre. Greenelsh capped the drive with his second touchdown run as the game went to the fourth quarter tied at 21.
The Eagles got a big play from senior defensive lineman Jimmy Gutierrez early in the fourth quarter. Gutierezz ripped the ball from the hands of a Tiger running back for a turnover in San Luis Obispo territory.
Following the turnover, Willkomm threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this one to Michael Jordano, to put Arroyo Grande up 28-21.
The Tigers answered with a 33 yard Liam Stewart field goal with 6:02 left in the game. San Luis Obispo got the ball back twice more but couldn't get it in to Arroyo Grande territory as the Eagles held on to win 28-24.
Willkomm finished with 195 yards passing and 2 TDs. Greenelsh led the Tigers with 56 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.
Arroyo Grande earns a share of the Pac-7 championship with St. Joseph and will be the league's number two seed going into the CIF playoffs. The Eagles finish the regular season 8-2, 5-1 in the Pac-7.
"It means the world to us. We worked so hard this week. I just can't explain how happy I am. Just for me and for my team and how much time the coaches put in this year and they told us how everyone counted us out but we could do it and we did it" said Willkomm.
The Tigers finish the season 6-4, 4-2 in league play. San Luis Obispo will go into the playoffs as the third seed from the Pac-7. It was the Eagles' fourth-straight win over the Tigers.
LOMPOC 66 @ CABRILLO 0
The Lompoc Braves extended several streaks on Friday. They won their 30th-straight game, defeated crosstown rival Cabrillo for the fifth-straight meeting and captured their third-straight outright Los Padres League title. Lompoc improved to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in league, while the Conquistadores dropped to 3-3 in league and 4-6 overall.
The Braves led 38-0 at the half and 59-0 after three quarter. The Braves rushed the ball 39 times and racked up 435 yards. Nikko Hayes had 79 yards on 9 carries. Taylor Cornejo finished with 114 yards on 9 carries, while Lavon Coleman had 12 carries for 133 yards. Quarterback Tyler Ornelas left the game with an injury and Luciano Lopez, last year's starting QB, completed one pass for a 19 yard TD strike to Ainuu Taua. Ornelas completed 2 of 3 passes for 31 yards to give the Braves 485 yards of total offense in the win.
Hayes scored the first two touchdowns in the first quarter. Cornejo scored on runs of 29 and 66 yards in the second quarter. Austin Hayes scored on a 74 yard run on his only carry of the game. Coleman returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and Quentin Cayabyab returned a fumble 34 yards for a defensive score.
Lompoc should earn the #1 seed overall in the Western Division.
TEMPLETON 24 @ MORRO BAY 48
The Morro Bay Pirates clinched the LPL's #2 seed for the CIF playoffs with a 48-24 win over rival Templeton in what's known as the Clash of the Coast, the Pirates. Morro Bay improved to 5-1 in league and 7-3 overall, while the Eagles dropped to 4-2 in league and 7-3 for the season.
The Pirates stormed out of the gates and built a 27-0 lead. Derek Viles scored a 63 yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage to start the game. Tristan Collins hit a diving Zach Smith for an 8 yard TD pass on a halfback pass to make it 13-0. The Pirates added to it with a 73 yard touchdown run up the middle by quarterback Jordan Bray. After Jack Judge intercepted an Alex Elterman pass, Bray hit Smith for a 9 yard TD catch to start the second quarter to pad the lead. Smith added an interception in the first half as well. The Eagles got on the board late in the first half on a 41 yard field goal from Elterman.
Templeton scored first in the second half with a 19 yard rushing touchdown before Viles scored on a 5 yard run to make it a 34-10 game. Elterman later hit Andy Garrettson for a 78 yard touchdown, Connor Truhitte scored on a 49 yard touchdown run, and Viles added another 45 yard TD run in the second half.
Viles finished with 232 yards rushing on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. Bray had 138 yards rushing and 1 score to go along with 67 yards passing.
Elterman finished with 212 yards passing, while Connor Truhitte had 107 yards rushing and one touchdown.
The Pirates finished 470 total yards of offense.
PASO ROBLES 16 @ ATASCADERO 14
The 87th meeting between Paso Robles and Atascadero went to the Bearcats 16-14 after Blaine Aguilar's 42 yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left . Paso Robles improved to 3-3 in Pac 7 play and 6-4 overall, while the Greyhounds fell to 4-6 on the season and finished league 2-4. The victory strengthened the Bearcats' case for one of the four at-large berths into the CIF Northern Division playoffs.
The Bearcats scored first after Josh Haley intercepted a tipped pass from Robbie Berwick. Garrett Nelson connected with Bailey Gaither to make it 7-0 Paso. Nelson later left the game after he was hit while releasing the ball in the second quarter. Sophomore Gunnar Griffen stepped in and orchestrated the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Atascadero tied it 7-7 on a diving TD run from Jonathan Torres in the second quarter. Paso took a 10-7 lead into halftime on a 35 yard field goal from Bryce Pasky.
The Grehounds took their first lead of the game 14-10 in the third quarter on a nearly 50 yard touchdown run from Izaiah Cooks. It stayed that way until Griffen led a four minute drive in the fourth quarter that was capped by a two yard TD run from Colton Madrigal to make it 16-10 Bearcats with 1:10 to play.
Berwick led the Hounds down field aided by a nice leaping grab from Dominic Chance for a first down to set up the field goal attempt. It was Aguilar's first FG try of the season and it missed badly to the left and prompted a celebration on the field by the Bearcats.
Madrigal finished with 119 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Griffen was 4 for 9 passing for 3 yards with 25 rushing yards in the second half. Torres led the Hounds with 89 rushing yards. Berwick finished with 95 yards passing.
Paso Robles leads the all-time series with Atascadero 55-28-4. The Bearcats also won their fourth-straight meeting with the Hounds.
BISHOP DIEGO 16 @ MISSION PREP 13
Bishop Diego scored the game-winning touchdown with 7 seconds left to end Mission Prep's run at a perfect season. The Royals, who were ranked #1 in the Northeast Division, fell to 9-1 on the year, while the Cardinals, the top ranked team in the Northwest Division, improved to 10-0.
Tyler Baty hit Joey Hall for a 10 yard TD in the first quarter to give Mission an early 6-0 lead. Bishop Diego scored on a 6 yard run from Justin Brosnan to give the Cardinals a 7-6 lead in the second quarter. They carried a 10-6 lead into halftime after a 24 yard field goal.
The Royals finally responded with 5:33 left in the game when they forced Abel Gonzalez to fumble the ball and recovered it. Baty capitalized with a 30 yard touchdown strike to Andy Rowley to give Mission a 13-10 lead with 4:49 to play. Bishop Diego prompty marched down field and scored on 4th down from the 1 yard line on a pass from Anthony Carter to BJ Murillo to complete the comeback.
Both teams came in undefeated, ranked #1 in CIF and in the top three in the rankings for a Division 4 State Bowl Game berth.
Baty finished with 196 yards passing and 2 touchdowns on 15 for 31 passing. Michael Cardwell had 13 rushes for 52 yards and Joey Hall had 6 catches for 82 yards and 1 TD. Carter finished with 113 yards passing and 99 yards rushing on 17 carries.
NIPOMO 37 @ SANTA YNEZ 20
The Nipomo Titans ended the season on a winning note with a 37-20 victory at Santa Ynez. The Titans finished the season 2-4 in Los Padres League play and 2-8 overall. The Pirates dropped to 1-5 in league and 1-9 on the season under first year head coach Josh McClurg.
Quarterback Luke Shurtleff had 252 passing yards and 3 touchdown passes to close out his Titan career. Quintin Bland had 2 TD catches, while Ian Wilkinson caught one touchdown and had 4 receptions for 50 yards on the night. Taylor Apetz added a 32 yard field goal for the Titans. Tommy Sanez had another big game with 172 yards rushing and 2 TDs. Kaileb Mendez had 3 interceptions for the Titans and Johnathan Wells had 3 sacks.
Bland had 9 catches for 191 yards. The Nipomo defense forced 4 turnovers on the night.
PIONEER VALLEY 21 @ RIGHETTI 27
The Righetti Warriors beat crosstown rival Pioneer Valley 27-21 to win the Battle for the Helmet for the third-straight year. The Warriors took the lead in the all-time series 4-3. Righetti finished the season 2-4 in Pac 7 play and 3-7 overall, while the Panthers ended 0-6 in league and 2-8 for the year.
PV got on the board first by earning a safety after Righetti fumbled the ball out of its own endzone. Quarterback Drew Johnson later ran in a 12 yard touchdown to make it 8-0 after the two point conversion failed. The Warriors got on the board on a 10 yard fade ball to the corner of the endzone from Troy Prober to Luke Wilson to make it an 8-6 game. Codie Corbin responded with an 18 yard touchdown run to make it 15-6 PV early in the second quarter. Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to set up a 2 yard touchdown from Colin Cooper to make it a 15-13 Panthers. Righetti took a 20-15 lead into halftime behind a 3 yard touchdown run from Taelor Griego.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Warriors padded their lead 27-15 on a 2 yard TD run from Cooper. The Panthers responded with a 2 yard TD run from Ernesto Barrera, but the PAT was blocked so it was 27-21 with 7 minutes to play.
WEST 28 @ ST. JOSEPH 55
The St. Joseph Knights, who already clinched a share of their first-ever Pac 7 League title, ended the regular season with a 51-28 non-league win over West out of Bakersfield. Senior Scotty Cusack scored five touchdowns for the second-straight game.
It was 14-0 St. Joseph about five minutes into the game after a 25 yard touchdown run from Cusack and a 22 yard TD pass from Curry Parham to Zak Karsh. Cusack later caught a 46 yard touchdown pass from Parham to make it 20-0 Knights.
The Knights built an early 28-0 lead in the first quarter on a 25 yard touchdown run from Cusack. The Knights led 35-7 in the second quarter after another 15 yard scoring run from Cusack, his fourth TD of the half. But West scored the next 21 points in the half to close the deficit to 35-28.
Cusack scored on a 30 yard TD pass in the third quarter to make it 42-28 Knights. Ben Adam hit a 32 yard field goal to make it 45-28 Knights after three quarter. Parham capped the scoring with a 25 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.Cusack racked up 111 yards and scored three touchdowns on eight carries and caught three passes for 98 yards and another two TDs.
Quarterback Curry Parham finished with 162 yards passing and completed 7 of his 12 passes, three of which went for touchdowns. Wesley Williams added 87 yards on 13 carries.
First year head coach Dustin Davis' boys finished the regular season 8-2 overall. They went 3-7 last season.
The Knights are the Pac 7's #1 overall seed for CIF since they beat AG and SLO during the regular season.
SANTA MARIA 34 @ CANTWELL SACRED HEART 46
The Saints ended the first season under head coach Don Willis with a tough loss on the road. Santa Maria finished the season 1-9.
PAC 7 STANDINGS
1. Arroyo Grande 5-1, 8-2
1. St. Joseph 5-1, 8-2
3. San Luis Obispo 4-2, 6-4
4. Paso Robles 3-3, 6-4
5. Atascadero 2-4, 4-6
5. Righetti 2-4, 3-7
7. Pioneer Valley 0-6, 2-8
1. Lompoc 6-0, 10-0
2. Morro Bay 5-1, 7-3
3. Templeton 4-2, 7-3
4. Cabrillo 3-3, 4-6
5. Nipomo 2-4, 2-8
6. Santa Ynez 1-5, 1-9
7. Santa Maria 0-6, 1-9
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