Sep 15, 2012 4:39 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: Week 3 RECAP

The final week of the preseason delivered some impressive individual performances from Nikko Hayes, Garrett Giovannelli, Colton Madrigal, Elijah Holt, Wesley Williams and Tyler Baty. Recaps of games are posted below and will be updated throughout the morning.

Despite the absence of star Lavon Coleman due to a thigh bruise, the Lompoc Braves beat host Dos Pueblos in a battle of unbeatens. Nikko Hayes stepped up to score second half touchdowns of 73 yards and 1 yard to secure the win. The Braves improved to 4-0 and set a school record with their 24th-straight win, while DP fell to 3-1.

The Braves struck first in the opening quarter on a 6 yard touchdown run from Taylor Cornejo, who returned from a foot injury. Jose Morales converted field goals of 23 and 24 yards to give the Braves a 13-0 lead at the half. The Chargers struck in the third quarter on a 1 yard run from LeShon Bell to cut the deficit to 13-7. That is when Hayes broke loose for a 73 yard scoring scamper to retake a 21-7 lead after the 2 point conversion. DP scored on a 10 yard pass from Bell to Robert Gulvin, but the Braves responded with Hayes' 1 yard score and a 23 yard field goal from Morales, his third of the game.

Hayes rushed for 168 yards on just 13 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Braves, while Cornejo racked up 64 yards on the ground. Bell rushed for 62 yards and threw for 118 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception for DP.

The Braves open Los Padres League play next week at home against Morro Bay, while DP plays Rio Mesa. Coleman is expected to be ready to go next week.

Garrett Giovannelli returned from a calf injury to lead the San Luis Obispo Tigers to their second-straight win with a 35-14 victory at Morro Bay. The senior had touchdown runs of 91 and 10 yards for the 2-2 Tigers. Nate Greenelsh found the endzone twice for the Tigers on runs of 31 and 24 yards.
Giovannelli finished with 142 yards on the ground.

The Pirates scored first after recovering a fumble at the SLO 11 yard line. Derek Viles cashed it in with a 2 yard run to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead. The Tigers answered with Giovannelli's 10 yard run to tie it 7-7. The Tigers' offense was clicking in the second quarter. Riley Humphrey broke loose for a 74 yard touchdown run to give the Tigers the lead for good. Giovannelli added to the lead with an eye-opening 91 yard TD run to give the Tigers a 21-7 halftime lead. Greenlesh found the endzone twice in the third quarter to give SLO a 35-7 lead to start the fourth quarter. Morro Bay quarterback Jordan Bray scored on a 1 yard run with 30 seconds to play. Bray finished with 58 yards rushing.

The Tigers open Pac 7 play next week at St. Joseph, while the 2-2 Pirates play at reigning LPL champion Lompoc.

The Paso Robles High football team overcame a 12-6 halftime deficit with a dominant fourth quarter performance for a 42-27 win at Madera. The Bearcats improved to 2-1 after their second-straight road victory.

Colton Madrigal led the Paso ground attack with 185 yards rushing on 35 carries. He scored 4 touchdowns. As a team, the Bearcats compiled 299 yards on the ground. Quarterback Garrett Nelson added 56 yards on 11 carries, while Jimmy Pacheco contributed 50 yards.

The Bearcats trailed 19-12 to start the fourth quarter before exploding for 30 points the rest of the way. The influx of points was capped by an 89 yard fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown as time expired by Nathaniel Harris.


The Eagles soared to an early lead and never looked back. Arroyo Grande scored 35 points in the first half and led 35-0 at the break and cruised from there handing Cabrillo its third-straight loss.

The 3-1 Eagles scored on four of their five possessions in the first half. Quarterback Matt Willkomm connected with Brennan Rivera for a 20 yard touchdown to get AG on the board. Elijah Holt scored on a 20 yard run before breaking loose for an 80 yard TD run in the second quarter. Michael Jordano capped the AG scoring with two rushing touchdowns. Holt led the AG ground attack with 126 yards, while Willkomm threw for 153 yards and 1 TD. The senior quarterback completed 12 of his 17 passes in the first half before he sat out the second half.

Bryce Moses scored Cabrillo's only touchdown of the game on a 20 yard run. He finished with 149 yards on 14 carries.

1-3 Cabrillo opens league play next Saturday at home against Santa Maria, while AG has a bye next week.

The Titans allowed undefeated Nordhoff to score five touchdowns in the second quarter and turned the ball over four times in the loss. Nipomo dropped to 0-4 to start the season, while the Rangers improved to 4-0.

Nipomo quarterback Luke Shurtleff completed 23 of his 32 passes for 202 yards. He threw one touchdown pass to Josh Sundberg. The speedy wide receiver, who is in the middle of his first year of football, hauled in five passes for 117 yards.

Running back Tayler Livingston started Nordhoff's scoring on a 2 yard run and finished with 3 touchdowns and 114 yards rushing. Nordhoff quarterback Tanner Workman threw for 150 yards and 3 touchdown passes, including strikes to Brad Sloan and Eric Lara in the second quarter.

The Titans open Los Padres League play next week at Templeton.


The Knights scored 15 points in a seven minute period to break a 7-7 tie in the fourth quarter to secure its first win in three tries over Palma. First year head coach Dustin Davis and his boys are 2-1 on the season. Wesley Williams led the Knight offense with 161 yards rushing on 29 carries and 2 touchdowns. Scotty Cusack finished with 115 yards on 10 carries and a 74 yard touchdown. Quarterback Curry Parham rushed the ball 10 times for 82 yards.

The Knights scored early in the second quarter on a 1 yard TD run by Williams to take a 7-0 lead. Palma scored to send the game into halftime 7-7. It stayed that way into the fourth quarter when St. Joseph kicker Ben Adam hit a 29 yard field goal to start the Knights' 15-0 fourth quarter run. Williams added his second 1 yard TD run to make it a 16-7 game. Palma tried to respond but Chas Brannon intercepted a pass that led to a 74 yard TD run by Cusack to seal it.

The Knights open Pac 7 play next Friday at home against San Luis Obispo.

The Templeton defense and special teams delivered a solid effort to seal a 14-13 win over visiting Coalinga. The Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season, while Coalinga fell to 2-1.

After blocking a field goal earlier in the first quarter, the Eagles blocked Coalinga's punt. Justin Alvarez broke through the line to block the punt and Andy Garrettson tracked down the ball and fell on it in the endzone to give Templeton a 7-0 lead. Coalinga scored on a rushing play to send it into halftime 7-7. The Horned Frogs scored to start the third quarter, but the extra point attempt was no good so Templeton trailed 13-7. The Eagles immediately responded with a 42 yard touchdown run thanks to some solid blocking by his line and upfield. The PAT was good and that proved to be the difference. Coalinga missed a 34 yard field goal later in the game and the Eagle defense held tight to preserve the victory.

Templeton opens Los Padres League play at home next Friday against Nipomo.

It became clear rather quickly on Friday why St. Bonaventure was ranked #8 in the state by some publications. The Seraphs broke off for big play after big play to build a 42-0 lead over the Greyhounds in the first half.

Jonathan Torres provided the only bright spot for Atascadero. He returned kickoffs for 90 and 99 yard touchdowns.

However, the Seraphs dominated from start to finish. Zachary Green started the scoring with a 3 yard touchdown run on 4-0 St. Bonaventure's first drive of the game. After Atascadero punted, quarterback Ricky Town hit Bryce Dixon on a swing pass that the 6-3 tight end turned into a 70 yard touchdown to make it 15-0. Montre Lee followed by returning a punt nearly 50 yards on a dazzling run to make it 22-0. Atascadero strung together a nice drive to get inside the St. Bonaventure 15 yard line, but turned the ball over on downs. Town reposnded with a 12 yard TD strike to Lee to make it 29-0.

Atascadero dropped to 2-2 on the season. The Greyhounds open Pac 7 play next week at Pioneer Valley.


The Royals traveled to Newport Beach and put up 52 points in the first half to improve to 4-0 on the season. Mission Prep has outscored its opponentsthis season 186-27.

Patrick Laird opened the flood gates with a 40 yard touchdown reception from Tyler Baty. The senior quarterback completed 10 passes for 188 yards. He threw 4 touchdown passes to up his season total to 15. Trevor Fernandez, Joey Hall and Evan Talbert also hauled in TD passes. Laird, as well as Michael Cardwell, scored 2 rushing touchdowns. Cardwell led the Royals ground attack with 89 yards rushing.

The Royals return home to host Greenfield next Friday. Greenfield lost 29-26 to Santa Maria two weeks ago.

Thanks to 24 unanswered points, Carpinteria won its annual preseason battle with Santa Ynez 33-18. The Pirates fell to 0-4 under first year head coach Josh McClurg, while the Warriors won their second-straight to even their mark at 2-2.

The Warriors stormed out to a 9-0 lead in the first 2 minutes of the game when Jorge Arroyo intercepted a Brock Dickey pass and returned it 25 yards for a pick-six. Duncan Gordon then sacked Dickey in the Santa Ynez endzone for a safety on the Pirates' next possession. Santa Ynez got back on track with a 57 yard TD pass from Dickey to freshman Austin Vreeland. Dickey later connected with Nick Nielsen to give the Pirates a 12-9 lead. That's when Carpinteria started its run with a trick play that resulted in an Ian Craddock TD strike to Paul Cortez to give Carp a 16-12 lead at halftime. The Warriors added touchdowns in the second half on a TD pass to David Olvera and a 1 yard run from Cortez.

The already injury-plagued Pirates lost two more key players to injuries as running back Taylor Zaragoza and linebacker Christian Vences went down. They will get a chance to heal next week when the Pirates have a bye.

The Panthers erupted for 21 points in the second half to turn a 13-7 halftime lead into a comfortable victory. Pioneer Valley improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Saints dropped to 1-2.

PV scored the first touchdown of the game on a 2 yard run from Mingo Yruegas. The Saints tied it 7-7 on a 1 yard run from Jacob Rodas. The Panthers carried a 13-7 lead into halftime on a 2 yard run by Ernesto Barrera.

The Panthers added to their lead in the third quarter on a 15 yard touchdown pass from Drew Johnson to former quarterback Andrew Madrigal. After the two point conversion, the Panthers led 21-7. PV added another score after a Santa Maria fumble on a 19 yard TD pass from Johnson to Josh Sherrod.

Santa Maria opens LPL play next Saturday at Cabrillo, while the Panthers host Atascadero in their Pac 7 opener.

The Warriors took an early 3-0 lead, but were outscored 48-6 the rest of the way in a 39 point loss to Valencia, the 10th ranked team in the Northern Division. The 9th ranked Warriors held Valencia to just 6 yards in the first quarter. Luke Wilson intercepted two passes in the first quarter, the second of which led to a 39 yard field goal by Ryan Provost.

That's when Valencia exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter. Sean Murphy threw touchdown passes of 36 and 40 yards to Nick Jones. Murphy threw three more touchdown passes in the second half to finish with 229 passing yards
and 5 TDs.

Eli Wilkinson accounted for Righetti's only TD with a 1 yard run in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors completed a difficult preseason with an 1-3 record. They open the Pac 7 portion of their schedule next week at Paso Robles.



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