Oct 19, 2012 2:23 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: Week 8 Preview

Lompoc and St. Joseph take their perfect records in league play into Week 8 of Friday Night Highlights. Mission Prep and the Braves are looking to improve to 8-0 after home games. San Luis Obispo and Templeton have the week off.

ARROYO GRANDE (2-1, 5-2) @ RIGHETTI (1-3, 2-6)

The Arroyo Grande Eagles look to continue their momentum after a 42-16 win over Pioneer Valley. Quarterback Matt Willkomm completed 14 of his 18 passes for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with 37 yards rushing. AG fell behind 6-0 but went on a 35-0 run to seal the victory. Joe Gonzalez caught a 31 yard TD pass and broke loose for an 88 yard TD run in the third quarter. Sean St. Dennis and Brennan Rivera caught TD passes. Willkomm has thrown for 950 yards this season, which ranks third in the Pac 7 and Ian Mallott is tied for the league lead with 6 sacks.

Righetti will try to keep its postseason chances alive on Friday. A loss to the Eagles will all but eliminate the Warriors from the playoffs. Righetti fell behind 28-0 in the first half last week in a 38-35 loss at San Luis Obispo. The Warriors scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter behind two recovered onside kicks. The Tigers recovered the third onside kick in the final 90 seconds to seal the win. Troy Prober threw for 244 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Luke Wilson caught 9 passes for 163 yards and TDs in the loss. Prober leads the Pac 7 with 1,830 passing yards. Wilson leads the league with 842 receiving yards and 104 tackles. Adrian Guzman has 631 yards receiving to rank #2 in the league.

Last year, AG beat Righetti 28-7.

ST. JOSEPH (4-0, 6-1) @ ATASCADERO (1-2, 3-4)

The Atascadero Greyhounds are coming off their bye week and looking to upset the red-hot St. Joseph Knights.

Dustin Davis' squad enters on a six game-winning streak after its 31-17 win last week at home against Paso Robles. Junior quarterback Curry Parham continued his stellar play with 161 yards passing for 3 touchdowns and 106 yards rushing and one TD run. Ryan Mediano caught 6 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD. Chris Barganier hauled in a 35 yard TD pass and Wesley Williams rushed for 67 yards in the game, including a 3 yard touchdown. Williams has 579 rushing yards this season to rank 3rd in the league and Parham sits second with 1,018 passing yards.

Atascadero had last week off after losing 31-14 to Righetti. The Warriors led from start to finish, but the Greyhounds received a few huge plays to stay in the game. Dominic Chance scored on a catch and run of 93 yards and Wade Vierra caught a 25 yard TD strike from Robbie Berwick. The Hounds are 0-3 at home this season. Jonathan Torres is #2 in the Pac 7 in rushing yards with 605 despite missing the Righetti game.

The Greyhounds beat the Knights in a shootout last season 48-43.

PIONEER VALLEY (0-3, 2-5) @ PASO ROBLES (1-2, 4-3)

The Panthers and Bearcats face off looking to get back on track after road losses.

Pioneer Valley is coming off a 42-16 loss at Arroyo Grande. The Panthers scored first on a 10 yard run from Codie Corbin in the first quarter. Corbin finished with 111 yards rushing on 19 carries. Castro Sal added a 34 yard field goal and Ernesto Barrera added a 1yard TD run in the second half. The Panthers finished with 209 yards rushing in the game. Roddrick Pullen added 36 yards on the ground.

Paso Robles is coming off a 31-17 loss at Paso Robles. Colton Madrigal led the Bearcats in that game with 145 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Paso Robles racked up 247 yards of total offense. Bailey Gaither hit Jonathan Baldwin for a 43 yard touchdown on a half-back pass to get Paso on the board first in the first quarter. Bryan Pasky added a 37 yard field goal in the second half. Madrigal leads the Pac 7 with 897 rushing yards. Nelson has 744 yards passing, which ranks 4th in the league and Bailey Gaither has 372 yards receiving to rank 3rd.

The Panthers knocked off the Bearcats last season 25-23.

CABRILLO (3-1, 4-4) @ MORRO BAY (2-2, 4-3)

The Conquistadores and Pirates battle in a key Los Padres League game to position themselves for postseason runs.

Cabrillo is coming off a 42-14 loss at Templeton, its first league loss of the season. The Conquistadores lost 4 fumbles and quarterback Gage Bradley threw 2 interceptions against the Eagles. Dalton Pacheco and Nate Tulloch each scored on short TD runs for Cabrillo. Bryce Owens leads the LPL with nearly 1,000 rushing yards on the season.

Morro Bay is coming off a 38-8 win over Santa Ynez. Dan Beavers celebrated his birthday last week with a 17 yard TD catch from Jordan Bray, threw a 34 yard touchdown strike to Zach Smith and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Derek Viles led the Pirates with 178 yards rushing on just 12 carries last week and scored a touchdown. The Pirates rushed for a total of 288 yards and racked up 361 yards of total offense. They also intercepted 5 passes on the night. Viles has 758 yards rushing and Bray has 510 for the season. Smith has 329 receiving yards, which ranks third in the LPL.

Last year, Cabrillo beat the Pirates 41-23.

SANTA YNEZ (1-3, 1-6) @ LOMPOC (3-0, 7-0)

Ranked in the top 30 in the state and riding a 27 game winning streak, the Lompoc Braves return home to host Santa Ynez.

The Braves are coming off a 49-0 rout at Santa Maria, where they led 35-0 with 8 minutes to go in the first half. Ainuu Taua, Taylor Cornejo, AJ Florez and Austin Hayes scored rushing touchdowns. Tyler Ornelas hit Rafael Arellano for 25 and 52 yard touchdowns in the win. The Braves racked up 230 yards on the ground, led by 70 from Florez. Arellano caught 3 passes for 133 yards.

Santa Ynez looks to bounce back from a 38-8 loss at Morro Bay. Quarterback Brock Dickey threw 5 interceptions in the loss. Dickey scored Santa Ynez's only touchdown with a 1 yard run in the second half. Freshman star Austin Vreeland was held to 38 yards on 15 carries. Two weeks ago in a win over Santa Maria, Vreeland finished with 185 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, while Dickey threw for 190 yards and 2 TDs. Dickey has thrown for 1,099 yards this season, while Spencer Armenta ranks second in the LPL with 387 receiving yards and a league-high 87 tackles.

Last year, the Pirates almost upset the Braves, but Lompoc prevailed 23-15.

SANTA MARIA (0-4, 1-6) @ NIPOMO (0-3, 0-7)

Two teams looking for their first Los Padres League win of the season face off at Nipomo.

The Titans are coming off their bye week. Two weeks ago they lost 27-21 at Cabrillo. Nipomo almost erased a 27-0 halftime deficit behind three short touchdown passes from quarterback Luke Shurtleff. 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 TD. Tommy Saenz led the Titans with 152 yards rushing on 24 carries. Shurtleff leads the LPL with 1,188 passing yards and Saenz is second with 825 yards rushing.

Santa Maria will look to erase any memories from a 49-0 loss last Friday to Lompoc. The Saints will try to rekindle the offense that put 41 points on the board two weeks ago in a loss at Santa Ynez. Dominique Garrett threw for 160 yards, while Marco Manzo caught a 20 yard TD and returned a punt 63 yards for another score. Devin Brock returned an interception for 90 yards in that loss.

Nipomo beat Santa Maria last year 33-16.


The Mission Prep Royals will go for their ninth-straight win overall as they welcome in Farmersville. The Royals are coming off a 50-12 win at Grace Brethren where they built a 29-0 lead at the half. The #1 ranked team in the CIF Northeast Division received 218 yards passing and 3 touchdowns from quarterback Tyler Baty. Michael Cardwell rushed for 164 yards on just 12 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Joey Hall caught 5 passes for 114 yards and one TD. They've outscored their opponents 323-66 this season.

The Aztecs are 3-4 overall and 2-0 in league play. They are coming off a 49-7 win over Laton. Fernando Castrejas leads Farmersville with 51 tackles. They went 8-3 last year and made the playoffs behind freshman quarterback Sam Metcalf, who suffered an injury early in the 20123 season. Cody Hall is the team's leading receiver this season after he caught 64 passes for 1,334 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior last year.



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