Oct 6, 2012 5:13 AM by Andrew Masuda
St. Joseph and Lompoc affirmed their holds on first place, while Righetti and Santa Ynez ended losing skids during Week 6 of Friday Night Highlights.
LOMPOC 42 @ TEMPLETON 3
The Lompoc Braves scored the first 42 points of the game as they extended their state-leading winning streak to 26 games. Lompoc improved to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in Los Padres League play as it seeks its third-straight league crown.
Rafael Arellano started his huge night for the Braves with an early interception of an Alex Elterman pass. Arellano put the Braves on the board with a 30 yard touchdown run on a double reverse to make it 7-0 with 9:57 to play in the first quarter. After the Braves' kicker Jose Morales hit Nikko Hayes with a pass after a bad snap on a field goal try, Taylor Cornejo punched it in with a scoring run to make it 14-0 after the first quarter. The Braves, who played without star running back Lavon Coleman for the third-straight game because of a thigh bruise, took a 21-0 lead into the half after Arellano hit Gregory Mitchell on a halfback pass for a 38 yard score.
Hayes added a 2 yard touchdown, AJ Florez ran it in from 10 yards out and Mitchell scored on a 63 yard touchdown pass to make it 42-0 after the third quarter. The Eagles finally got on the board late in the game on a 28 yard field goal from Elterman.
Hayes led the Braves with 90 yards on the ground, while Cornejo added 54. Lompoc finished with 278 yards rushing as a team. The defense held Elterman to just 6 completed passes for 51 yards. Arellano finished the first half with one touchdown pass, one touchdown run and one interception.
The Braves avenged a 2010 loss at Templeton and dropped the Eagles to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league.
ARROYO GRANDE 10 @ ST. JOSEPH 38
The St. Joseph Knights knocked off the defending CIF and Pac 7 League champion Eagles 38-10 by storming out to a 21-3 halftime lead.
After a big run by Scotty Cusack, the Knights got on the board with a 2 yard run from Wesley Williams to make it 7-0. Matt Willkomm connected with Michael Jordano for a 45 yard pass play to get inside the St. Joseph 10 yard line, but the Knights' defense held AG to a 27 yard field goal from Cole Ramey. St. Joseph made it a 14-3 second quarter lead on an 8 yard touchdown catch by Chris Barganier from Curry Parham. The St. Joseph quarterback later connected with Ryan Mediano for a 20 yard gain inside the AG 5 that resulted in a 2 yard touchdown run from Williams to make it a 21-3 lead at the break. Ben Adam made it 24-3 with a 26 yard field goal in the third quarter. The Eagles finally found the endzone on a drive fueled by a 60 yard run from Willkomm. The senior later connected with Brennan Rivera for a 19 yard touchdown to make it 24-10 Knights. St. Joseph responded with a 23 yard TD run from Cusack with 17 seconds to play in the third quarter and an 18 yard TD strike from Parham to Mediano midway through the fourth quarter to seal it.
Williams finished with 86 yards on 20 carries and 2 TDs. Cusack racked up 115 yards on 10 carries. The Knights racked up 365 yards rushing. Mediano caught 3 passes for 58 yards and 1 touchdown. Parham continues to put up impressive numbers. The junior threw for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns, while he also rushed for 119 yards on 14 carries.
First year head coach Dustin Davis' Knights won their fifth in a row and improved to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 in Pac 7 play. The Knights went 0-6 in league last season. They are alone in first place and should rise in the CIF Northern Division poll from their current #8 ranking. The Eagles, who were ranked #4, fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Willkomm completed 15 of his 28 passes for 147 yards and 1 touchdown. He also racked up 116 yards on the ground. Rivera caught two passes for 40 yards and one score.
SAN LUIS OBISPO 35 @ PIONEER VALLEY 14
The Tigers scored their second-straight league road win by taking a 28-0 lead into halftime. San Luis Obispo improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Pac 7 action. The Panthers fell to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in league games.
Nick Hill had 3 interceptions for the Tigers in the game. He returned his final one for a game-clinching 50 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that made it 35-14.
Garrett Giovannelli opened the scoring for the Tigers with a nifty 34 yard touchdown run on their opening possession. SLO forced a punt and responded with a 4 yard TD run from Riley Humphrey to make it 14-0.
Giovannelli hit Parker Lauritzen for a 10 yard TD pass and Cole Bradley for a 47 yard TD strike to make it 28-0 at the break. Giovannelli finished the game with 67 yards on the ground and 86 passing yards, including 2 touchdown passes. The Tigers racked up nearly 250 yards of offense in the first half and limited PV to less than 50.
Pioneer Valley rallied in the second half behind two rushing touchdowns from Codie Corbin. Drew Johnson threw for 228 of his 254 yards in the second half. He connected with Andrew Madrigal for a 10 yard touchdown late in the fourth for the game's final score.
RIGHETTI 31 @ ATASCADERO 14
The Righetti Warriors snapped a four game losing skid and never trailed at Atascadero. Righetti shut down the Greyhounds' running game for almost the entire game after Atascadero's leading rusher Jonathan Torres missed the game with a hamstring injury. The Warriors scored their first Pac 7 win and improved to 1-2 in league and 2-5 overall. The Greyhounds dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in league. The Warriors continued the series' tradition where the road team has won every game since 2005.
The Warriors built a 10-0 halftime lead behind a 25 yard field goal from Ryan Provost and an 8 yard touchdown pass from Troy Prober to a diving Luke Wilson in the corner of the endzone. Both scoring plays came in the second quarter. Atascadero was held to less than 60 yards in the first half and the Hounds' biggest play was a 30 yard interception return by Michael Rasmussen in the first quarter.
Atascadero stormed out of the gates to start the third quarter when Dominic Chance jumped up to catch a pass from Robbie Berwick and turned it into a 93 yard touchdown to make it 10-7 Righetti. Izaiah Cooks broke loose for a 60 yard gain on Atascadero's next possession, but a 25 yard field goal try was blocked by the Warriors. Righetti responded with a 76 yard touchdown run from Taelor Griego to make it a 17-7 game. The Greyhounds responded with a one-handed 25 yard touchdown catch by Wade Vierra to make it a 17-14 game. However, the Warriors responded with a big play of their own on the last play of the third quarter in the form of a 55 yard touchdown from Prober to Kyle Stickler to put it back to a 10 point lead.
Prober finished with 265 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. The Warriors racked up 440 yards of offense led by Griego's 128 yards on just 8 carries. Wilson had 17 tackles and 4 catches for 69 yards for 1 TD. Stickler had 2 TD catches for 97 yards.
KINGSBURG 27 @ PASO ROBLES 55
The Paso Robles Bearcats took a break from league play to secure a big home victory over 5-0 Kingsburg. The Bearcats turned a 27-20 halftime lead into a blow out with a 28-7 scoring advantage in the second half. Rich Schimke's squad improved to 4-2 overall and returns to league play with a 1-1 mark next week at St. Joseph.
Kingsburg struck first in the first quarter, but Paso answered with a 41 yard touchdown pass from Gunnar Griffen to Bailey Gaither to tie it 7-7. Senior Garrett Nelson returned at quarterback and scored 2 short touchdown runs to help Paso build a 19-14 advantage. The Bearcats made it 27-14 after Thomas Stainbrook returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. It was his second pick in the first half.
Nelson led the Bearcats with 2 rushing touchdowns and 102 yards passing. Colton Madrigal racked up 200 yards on the ground on just 15 carries and scored once. Bailey Gaither also returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the second half. Paso Robles averaged more than 10 yards per play on offense with a total of 442 yards on the night.
SANTA MARIA 34 @ SANTA YNEZ 41
First year head coach Josh McClurg earned his first career win after the Pirates trailed 34-28 in the third quarter and needed a goal line stance at the end of the game. Santa Ynez improved to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in Los Padres League play. The Saints fell to 1-5 and 0-3 in league.
The Pirates scored first on a 5 yard run from freshman Austin Vreeland. Brock Dickey connected with Spencer Armenta for a 54 yard touchdown to make it 21-0 Santa Ynez. The Saints responded with a brilliant 78 yard touchdown by David Owens off of a screen pass to make it 21-7. Vreeland capped a Santa Ynez drive with his second touchdown to make it 28-7 ball game. The Saints responded with 27-straight points started by a 2 yard touchdown from Jacob Rodas in the second quarter that make it a 28-14 Santa Ynez lead at the half.
Dominique Garrett found Marco Manzo for a 29 yard TD strike to start a 20 point third quarter for the Saints. Devin Brock returned an interception 90 yards in the third quarter to tie it 28-28 with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Manzo followed with a 63 yard punt return for a touchdown gave Santa Maria the lead 34-28.
Vreeland continued his huge night with a game-tying 2 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and the game-winning score that came on a 73 yard run. Santa Maria had a chance to score in the final minute, but Garrett's pass sailed incomplete from the Santa Ynez 9 yard on fourth down to seal the win.
Vreeland finished with 185 yards rushing and scored 4 touchdowns to lead the Pirates. Dickey threw for 190 yards and tossed 2 touchdown passes to Armenta.
Garrett finished with 160 passing yards for the Saints.
NIPOMO 21 @ CABRILLO 27
With US Olympian and Cabrillo High graduate Duane Solomon in the house, the Conquistadores stormed out to a 27-0 first half lead and held on for their third-straight Los Padres League win. Cabrillo improved to 3-0 in league and 4-3 overall, while the Titans dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Cabrillo struck first after Tony Brown recovered a fumble and returned it 14 yards to set up Bryce Moses' 1 yard touchdown run. Brown intercepted a pass from Nipomo quarterback Luke Shurtleff and returned it 46 yards for a pick-six to make it 14-0 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Zach Fort broke loose for a 36 yard touchdown run and Moses added a 12 yard scoring run to make it 27-0 at the half.
After throwing three interceptions in the first half, Shurtleff finished with 15 pass completions for 91 yards. He threw 3 short touchdown passes in the second half, the last one game with 5:12 left in the game.
Quintin Bland caught 2 TD strikes in the third quarter and finished with 6 receptions for 41 yards. Ian Wilkinson had 3 catches for 13 yards and 1 touchdown. Tommy Saenz led the Titan ground game with 152 yards on 24 carries. He also caught 5 balls for 27 yards.
Moses led the Conquistadores with 154 yards, while Fort added 59 yards rushing.
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