Sep 22, 2012 4:14 AM by Andrew Masuda
Templeton's Alex Elterman, Paso Robles' Garrett Nelson, St. Joseph's Scotty Cusack, Mission Prep's Tyler Baty and Atascadero's Jonathan Torres shined during "Week 4" of the high school football season on Friday night. Baty threw his 66th career touchdown pass in Mission Prep's victory to set a new San Luis Obispo County record in 11-man football.
RIGHETTI 21 @ PASO ROBLES 27
Quarterback Garrett Nelson ran for 69 yards and threw for 176 yards to lead the Bearcats to their third-straight win and avenge last year's 34-0 loss to Righetti. Nelson ran in 5 and 7 yard touchdowns in the second quarter to help Paso Robles take a 21-7 lead into halftime. He later threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to Bailey Gaither in the third quarter to give Paso a 27-7 lead.
The Bearcats scored on their first drive on the game after Gaither, a sophomore, caught a 46 yard pass into Righetti territory. Jimmy Pacheco scored on a 1 yard plunge to cap the drive. The Warriors tied it 7-7 on a 15 yard touchdown pass to Luke Wilson.
Prober led the Warriors' second half comeback and hit Adrian Guzman for two touchdown passes to pull Righetti to within six at 27-21. The Warriors had a chance in the final minute, but Prober's pass on 4th down at the Paso 25 yard line fell incomplete after Jacob Baro could not hang on to the ball. Prober completed 20 of 31 passes for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rudy Binkele had a key interception in the third quarter for Paso.
Gaither finished with 4 catches for 117 yards and 1 TD for the Bearcats. Colton Madrigal led the Bearcat ground attack with 110 yards on 24 carries.
The Bearcats improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in league. The Warriors dropped to 0-1 in Pac 7 play and 1-4 overall. Paso hosts San Luis Obispo next Friday, while Righetti hosts rival St. Joseph.
SAN LUIS OBISPO 30 @ ST. JOSEPH 35
Wesley Williams, Zak Karsh and Scotty Cusack provided huge plays for the Knights, who won their Pac 7 League opener and extended their winning streak to 3 games. The Knights improved to 3-1, while the Tigers fell to 2-3. San Luis Obispo's three losses have been by a total of 7 points combined. The Knights won their first Pac 7 League game since 2010 and already have as many wins four games into the season under first year head coach than they did all of last season.
The Knights built a 20-10 halftime lead and extended it to 28-10 to start the fourth quarter. The Tigers closed to within 28-23 after touchdown runs by Sawyer Scott and Garrett Giovannelli. But Cusack's second touchdown of the game, an 11 yard run, sealed the victory. The Tigers blocked a punt and Ted Martin returned it 35 yards for a score to make it a 5 point loss.
The Knights' first big play came in the second quarter on a 58 yard touchdown catch by Zak Karsh on a Curry Parham pass. It gave the Knights a 10-7 lead after the Tigers scored on a Giovannelli TD run. Liam Stewart kicked a 24 yard field goal for the Tigers to tie it at 10-10. But Cusack returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to the house for a touchdown to give the Knights the lead for good 17-10. It was Cusack's third kickoff return for a touchdown of at least 90 yards.
The Knights built their largest lead of the game in the third quarter on a 10 yard touchdown run by Wesley Williams to make it 28-10. Williams finished with 145 yards on the ground on 20 carries. Parham threw for 255 yards on 15 for 20 passing. Cusack added 65 yards on the ground on 5 carries.
Giovannelli was credited with 144 yards passing and 60 yards on the ground, plus two touchdowns. Nate Greenelsh, who's just a sophomore, led the Tigers with 96 yards rushing and a 30 yard catch.
The Tigers head to Paso Robles next week, while the Knights play at Righetti in the Battle of Bradley Road.
ATASCADERO 22 @ PIONEER VALLEY 16
The Greyhounds provided some big offensive plays in the first half, but the defense dominated the second half to seal the victory. The Greyhounds improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league in search of their first Pac 7 title since 2008. Pioneer Valley dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in league action.
Atascadero scored first on a 7 yard run from Jonathan Torres to make it 7-0. Cody Corbin returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown for the Panthers to tie it at 7. The Greyhounds responded with an 83 yard touchdown run by Torres, plus a two point conversion, to build a 15-7 lead. PV marched down field and converted a 24 yard field goal from Jesus Valencia to cut it to a 15-10 deficit. But Izaiah Cooks responded with a 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give Atascadero a 22-10 halftime lead. The Panthers were able to score 6 points in the second half on a touchdown run by Roy Ruiz late in the third quarter to get even close. But an interception by Hunter Stemper with less than a minute to go in the game sealed the win for the Hounds.
Torres finished with 158 rushing yards for the Hounds, while Cooks added 42 yards on the ground. Quarterback Robbie Berwick threw for 93 yards, 50 of those were to Dominic Chance.
Corbin led the Panthers with the punt return for a score, 60 yards rushing, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.
Atascadero travels to reigning champion Arroyo Grande next Friday, while PV has the week off.
MORRO BAY 14 @ LOMPOC 49
Even without star Lavon Coleman, who missed his second-straight game with a thigh injury, the Lompoc Braves cruised to a 49-14 win in their Los Padres League opener. The two-time defending league and CIF champions racked up 218 yards on the ground in the game and built a 28-0 first quarter lead. Quarterback Tyler Ornelas hit a streaking Gregory Mitchell for a 65 yard touchdown pass on Lompoc's first drive of the game. Nikko Hayes scored on a 14 yard run to make it 14-0. After Rafael Arellano intercepted a Jordan Bray pass, Ainuu Taua barreled into the endzone for a 5 yard TD run to make it 21-0. Ornelas hit Arellano for a 36 yard TD strike later in the first quarter to make it 28-0 Lompoc.
Ornelas completed 4 of his 5 passes for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns in one half of play. Lompoc padded its lead with a 3 yard run by Arellano and a 22 yard pick-six by Taua.
AJ Florez led the Braves with 76 yards on the ground, while Taylor Cornejo added 20 in limited action. Hayes racked up 28 and Brandon Fronteras compiled 29 in the second half.
Morro Bay's offense came to life in the second half. Derek Viles scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 57 yarder. He finished with 92 yards on the ground, while Bray ran for 61 more yards.
The Pirates dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in LPL play, while the Braves improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in league. Lompoc extended its winning streak to 25, the second-longest active streak in California. The Braves have a bye next week, while Morro Bay plays Nipomo.
NIPOMO 18 @ TEMPLETON 36
Quarterback Alex Elterman led the Eagles to a win in their Los Padres League opener. The senior threw for 235 yards and 4 touchdowns on 13 for 25 passing. He added a 35 yard field goal for the now 4-1 Eagles.
Elterman started the scoring with a 22 yard touchdown on a swing pass to Connor Truhitte. Nipomo responded with a 25 yard strike from Luke Shurtleff to Tommy Sanez to tie it 6-6. Back came the Eagles on their next drive as Elterman escaped trouble in the pocket and hit a diving Tobey Isbell in the endzone to give Templeton a 13-6 advantage. The Titans answered as Shurtleff connected with a diving Josh Sundberg for a touchdown, but after the 2-point conversion failed, Nipomo still trailed 13-12. The Eagles added to their lead with Elterman's field goal and then the quarterback hit his wide open tight end Tyler Murphee for a 56 yard TD to give the Eagles a commanding 23-12 lead at halftime.
Truhitte finished with 90 yards rushing on 13 carries and a rushing touchdown to go along with his TD catch. Isbell tallied 5 catches for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Shurtleff completed 13 of his 33 passes for 181 yards and 3 touchdown passes. The senior quarterback also rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries. Tommy Saenz racked up 165 yards on 19 carries and caught 4 passes for 48 yards. Quintin Bland, Sundberg and Saenz each caught one touchdown pass apiece.
Nipomo dropped to 0-5 to star the season and 0-1 in LPL play. The Titans will look to get into the win column next week at home against Morro Bay. Templeton hits the road for Santa Maria next week. The Saints fell to Cabrillo 55-20 on Thursday in their opener. The Conquistadores' Bryce Moses ran for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win.
GREENFIELD 13 @ MISSION PREP 61
Mission quarterback Tyler Baty set a new San Luis Obispo County record with his 66th career touchdown pass in the Royals' 48 point win Friday. Baty completed 9 of his 14 passes for 228 yards and 4 TD passes. He broke the previous 11-man SLO County record set by Mission grad Dylan Morrow in 2008.
The Royals, who are ranked #1 in the Northeast Division, improved to 5-0 overall.
Mission actually trailed in the game 7-0 when Nathan Torres scored on a 69 yard touchdown run on Greenfield's second play from scrimmage to start the game. The Royals responded on the ensuing kickoff with an 87 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Joey Hall and trailed 7-6. The Royals blocked a punt on the Bruins' next drive and turned it into a 3 yard touchdown run by Michael Cardwell to take the lead for good 14-7. Baty followed with an almost 50 yard TD strike to Hall to make it 20-7 Mission after the first quarter. The two connected again in the second quarter on a 12 yard strike to give Mission a 26-7 lead. After a Greenfield fumble, Cardwell ran in a 20 yard touchdown to make it 34 unanswered points for the Royals. Baty connected with Patrick Laird for a 21 yard touchdown pass over the middle to tie Morrow's record at 65 and give the Royals a 40-7 lead in halftime.
Laird scored three more touchdowns in the second half, including Baty's 66th career touchdown pass. Laird finished with 4 carries for 106 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns, as well as 3 catches for 87 yards and 2 TDs through the air. Hall ended with 3 first half touchdowns, while Cardwell carried the ball 11 times for 126 yards and 2 scores.
The 5-0 Royals play at View Park next week.
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