Sep 29, 2012 5:13 AM by Andrew Masuda
The second week of league play delivered some high-scoring contests and eye-opening statistics.
27 ATASCADERO @ 41 ARROYO GRANDE
The battle between two ranked teams delivered with big play after big play after big play. Defending Pac 7 champion Arroyo Grande opened league play with a thrilling 41-27 victory over Atascadero, which came in ranked 10th in the CIF Western Division. The Eagles, who were ranked 5th, improved to 1-0 in league and 4-1 overall after their fourth-straight win. The Hounds dropped to 1-1 in league and 3-3 overall.
Elijah Holt delivered the biggest play with a 90 yard touchdown return of a kickoff in the fourth quarter to give AG a 34-27 lead right after Atascadero went on a 14-0 run to tie the game at 27.
The Eagles scored first on a 35 yard field goal by Cole Ramey in the first quarter. Michael Jordano intercepted a Robbie Berwick pass and cashed it in later with a 1 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 AG. Atascadero responded with 47 yard touchdown run by Jonathan Torres and a 46 yard scoring run by Izaiah Cooks to take a 13-10 lead. The Eagles responded with a 46 yard TD strike from Matt Willkomm to Tyler Auerbach and a 35 yard field goal by Ramey as time expired to take a 20-10 lead.
The Eagles scored first in the second half on a touchdown run of 26 yards by Jordano to build a 27-13 lead. That's when the Hounds responded with a 4 yard TD run by Cooks and a 26 yard TD run by Berwick to tie it at 27. Holt delivered his 90 yard TD run early in the 4th quarter to give the Eagles the lead for good. Jordan added his third touchdown run of the night late to seal the game that ended with 4 turnovers, 2 from each side.
Willkomm finished 13 for 26 passing for 184 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. He also rushed for 75 yards. Berwick threw for 81 yards and 1 pick, while rushing for 1 score. Cooks led the Hounds with 76 yards on the ground and 2 TDs. Torres had 83 yards on 7 first half carries. He missed the entire second half with a hamstring injury.
The Eagles had 227 rushing yards as a team. Jordano had 3 TDs, 52 yards rushing and 1 interception.
Wade Vierra caught 3 passes for 49 yards to lead the Hounds, while Brennan Rivera caught 6 passes for 108 yards to lead AG's air attack.
22 ST. JOSEPH @ 10 RIGHETTI
The St. Joseph Knights captured the coveted Shield after winning the Battle of Bradley Road and won their fourth-straight game under first year head coach Dustin Davis. The Knights improved to 2-0 in Pac 7 play and 4-1 overall, while the Warriors lost their fourth in a row to fall to 0-2 in league and 1-5 overall.
Ryan Provost gave the host Warriors the early 3-0 lead with a 19 yard field goal. The Knights captured the lead 7-3 on a 21 yard touchdown run by Scotty Cusack. After Provost missed a 30 yard field goal, the Knights marched down field on a 55 yard pass from Curry Parham to Cusack. Ben Adam converted a 30 yard field goal to give the Knights a 10-3 lead into halftime.
St. Joseph extended its lead 16-3 on a 27 yard touchdown pass to Cusack in the third quarter. The Knights made it 22-3 when Parham hit Chris Barganier on a perfect fade pass to the corner of the endzone for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 22-3 Knights. The Warriors blew opportunities from there as Troy Prober was picked off at the goal line by James Fitzmaurice and later by Chris Brannon. Eli Wilkinson barreled for a 1 yard touchdown to cap the scoring.
Cusack finished with 118 yards receiving and 41 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Parham threw for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Prober threw for 217 yards. Luke Wilson caught 9 passes for 101 yards, while Adriam Guzman racked up 100 yards through the air.
The Knight already have more wins this season than they did all of last year.
38 SAN LUIS OBISPO @ 16 PASO ROBLES
San Luis Obispo stormed out to a 24-0 first half lead and held on for a solid bounce-back win to even its Pac 7 record at 1-1 and 3-3 overall. The Bearcats lost for the first time in four games and fell to 1-1 in league and 3-2 overall.
Garrett Giovannelli led the Tiger offense with 99 yards passing and 3 touchdown passes to go along with 74 yards rushing. The Tigers continued to receive solid play from sophomore Nate Greenelsh, who carried the ball 8 times for 114 yards. He scored on runs of 26 and 58 yards. Sawyer Scott rushed for a team-high 116 yards.
Giovannelli hit Thomas Orradre for two touchdown strikes, including a 43 yarder and a 7 yard TD. Jordan Knauer hauled in a 7 yard TD pass in the closing seconds of the game.
The Bearcats scored in the third quarter on a fade pass by Garrett Nelson that was caught in traffic by Jaylon Davis for a 50 yard touchdown. Colton Madrigal provided the second touchdown on a 3 yard run. Nelson threw for 158 yards, but threw two costly interceptions in the first half. Josh Jeter also threw a halfback pass that was picked off by SLO's Parker Lauritzen.
54 TEMPLETON @ 7 SANTA MARIA
The Templeton erupted for 628 yards of total offense and built a 40-7 halftime lead in a 47 point win at Santa Maria. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in Los Padres League play and 5-1 overall. The Saints dropped to 0-2 in league and 1-4 for the season.
Quarterback Alex Elterman continued to post big numbers. He threw for 282 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Elterman hit Jacob Paul for a 7 yard TD pass to open the game. The Saints responded with a 69 yard TD run by David Owens to tie it 7-7. That's when the Eagles started a 47-0 run with a 3 yard scoring run by Chris Romero. Elterman then connected with Jackson Wheeler for an 80 yard touchdown that gave Templeton a 21-7 lead after the first quarter. Elterman continued with the air assault in the second quarter with a 75 yard TD strike to Tobey Isbell and a 23 yard TD pass to Tyler Murphee. Murphee also ran in a 50 yard touchdown to make it 40-7 at the break. Scott Lawson added a 50 yard TD run and Fernando Contreas ran it in from 5 yards out in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
Lawson led the Eagles with 102 yards rushing, while Murphee added 77 yards on the ground. Wheeler caught 4 passes for 121 yards, while Isbell caught 2 balls for 99 yards.
Owens led the Saints with 118 yards on the ground on 21 carries. Dominique Garrett and Jacob Rodas combined for 85 yards on the ground.
48 MORRO BAY @ 34 NIPOMO
After building a 35-10 lead in the third quarter, the Morro Bay Pirates held on for a 48-34 win at Nipomo. The Pirates evened their record at 1-1 in Los Padres League play and 3-3 overall under first year head coach Jack Greer. The Titans fell to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in LPL play.
Dan Beavers hit Zach Smith for a 50 yard TD on a halfback pass to open the scoring for Morro Bay in the seond quarter. The TItans answered with a 37 yard field goal from Taylor Apetz, but the Pirates took a 14-3 lead into halftime on a 6 yard run by Derek Viles. Morro Bay made it 21-3 on a 10 yard run by Viles on its opening drive of the second half. The Titans found the endzone on a 19 yard touchdown pass to Quintin Bland, Nipomo's newly crowned Homecoming King, on a pass from Luke Shurtleff. Morro Bay quarterback Jordan Bray and Viles extended the lead to 35-10 on scoring runs. Bray got in from 4 yards out, while Viles sprinted in from 22 yards.
That's when things got interesting with a 37 point fourth quarter. Tommy Saenz scored on a 23 yard run for Nipomo, but Morro Bay answered back with a 47 yard TD run by Tristan Collins and a 32 yard touchdown pass from Dan Beavers to Smith. Nipomo scored the next 16 points on an 11 yard strike from Shurtleff to Bland and on a 54 yard run by Saenz.
Viles led the Pirates with 3 touchdowns and 110 yards on the ground. Bray finished with 122 yards passing and 60 yards on the ground. Zach Smith, a junior, had a big night for Morro Bay with 4 catches for 140 yards.
Shurtleff ended up with 189 yards passing for the Titans and 2 TDs. Sanez finished with 197 yards on the ground, while Bland had 6 catches for 60 yards and 2 TDs. Josh Sundberg caught 11 passes for 70 yards for the winless Titans.
14 SANTA YNEZ @ 19 CABRILLO
The Conquistadores came from behind to win and improved to 2-0 in Los Padres League play and 3-3 overall with a 5 point home victory.
Bryce Moses opened the scoring for Cabrillo with a 3 yard TD run in the second quarter. Collin Babauta made it 13-0 with a 2 yard run in the third quarter. Both scores came after Pirate turnovers.
Santa Ynez rallied back to take the lead 14-13 thanks to 1 yard and 2 yard touchdown runs in the third and fourth quarters by freshman Austin Vreeland. The second score gave Santa Ynez the lead with less than 7 minutes to go in the game. However, Cabrillo reclaimed the lead for good on a 15 yard TD run from Zach Fort on a drive led by quarterback Gage Buckley. The Conquistadores came from behind despite losing leading running back Bryce Moses to an injury in the third quarter.
The Pirates dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in league under first year head coach Josh McClurg. Quarterback Brock Dickey threw for 164 yards on 14 for 26 passing for Santa Ynez. Vreeland had 90 yards and 2 scores on 25 carries. Spencer Armenta caught 5 balls for 106 yards.
Buckley threw for 127 yards and completed half of his 22 passes. The Santa Ynez defense held Moses to 34 yards on 10 carries after he exploded for 300 yards and 4 TDs last week against Santa Maria. Fort led the Conquistadores with 40 yards on the ground, including the game-winning score.
26 MISSION PREP @ 14 PARK VIEW
Behind a dominant second half, the Mission Prep Royals survived a scare on the road to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Park View scored on its first play from scrimmage to open the game and take a 6-0 lead over Mission Prep. It marked the second-straight week the Royals fell behind to start the game.
The Royals eventually tied it 6-6 on a 29 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Baty to Joey Hall in the second quarter. It was Baty's SLO County record 67th career touchdown pass.
The game was tied 6-6 at the half when Mission took over. Baty ran in a 1 yard touchdown, connected with Joey Hall and Mike Cardwell ran in a touchdown to help Mission build a 26-6 lead. View Park scored with 1:26 to play to close to within 12 points.
Baty finished 14 of 20 for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns. He now has 68 career TD passes. Hall continued to post huge numbers with 7 catches for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cardwell rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries.
The Royals, who are ranked #1 in the CIF's Northeast Division, have next Friday off.
PAC 7 STANDINGS
St. Joseph 2-0 4-1
Arroyo Grande 1-0 4-1
Paso Robles 1-1 3-2
San Luis Obispo 1-1 3-3
Atascadero 1-1 3-3
Pioneer Valley 0-1 1-4
Righetti 0-2 1-5
LOS PADRES LEAGUE STANDINGS
Templeton 2-0 5-1
Cabrillo 2-0 3-3
Lompoc 1-0 5-0
Morro Bay 1-1 3-3
Santa Ynez 0-1 0-5
Santa Maria 0-2 1-4
Nipomo 0-2 0-6
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