Oct 20, 2012 4:38 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights : Week 8 Recap

Atascadero completed a thrilling fourth quarter comeback to upset 3rd ranked St. Joseph in a Pac-7 League game to headline an exciting Week 8 of Friday Night Highlights. Templeton and San Luis Obispo had the evening off.

The Greyhounds overcame a 24-7 fourth quarter deficit to stun St. Joseph 28-24 and snap the Knights' six-game winning streak.

Atascadero evened its league mark to 2-2 and 4-4 overall, while the Knights dropped to 4-1 in league and 6-2 overall.

Robbie Berwick scrambled out of the pocket and hit Wayde Vierra for a 27 yard touchdown with 43 seconds to play to give the Hounds their first lead of the game 28-24. The Knights drove down to the Atascadero 20 yard line after a big run from Wesley Williams, but Curry Parham's pass to Ryan Mediano at the goal line was broken up to seal the win.

Berwick finished the game 6 for 14 passing for 142 yards and one TD. He added 43 yards rushing and a touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7. Izaiah Cooks led the Hounds with 155 yards rushing and two fourth quarter touchdowns, one of which came through the air for 23 yards.

Parham finished with 178 passing for two touchdowns, including a first quarter 40 yard strike to Zak Karsh and a 30 yard touchdown to Ryan Mediano in the second quarter. Atascadero led 21-7 at the half and 24-7 after three quarters.

Scotty Cusack added 116 yards rushing, including a 5o yard touchdown that put the Knights ahead 14-7. Ben Adam converted a 25 yard field goal for the Knights.

The Knights had the ball with around 2 minutes to go when they went from it around midfield on 4th and 4. The Hounds broke up the pass intended to Chris Barganier that set up the game-winning drive. Atascadero's epic drive for the go-ahead score was aided by a late hit call on Berwick after he ran out of bounds after a 10 yard gain.

After trailing 28-25 in the third quarter, Arroyo Grande dominated the fourth quarter to outscore Righetti 21-6 the rest of the way. AG quarterback Matt Willkomm hit Brennan Rivera for a touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 32-28 lead. Righetti answered back to regain the lead 34-32 on a 64 yard TD pass from Troy Prober to Jacob Hummer. The Eagles took the lead for good 39-34 on a 65 yard touchdown run from Michael Jordano. The Warriors were driving late in the game, but Elijah Holt returned an interception 85 yards to seal the victory.

Willkomm finished with 171 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, both went to Rivera. WIllkomm added 45 yards rushing and a 20 yard TD. Rivera led the Eagles with 8 catches for 114 receiving yards. Holt added an 83 yard touchdown run in the first quarter that gave AG a 14-7 lead.

The Warriors got rushing touchdowns from Collin Cooper and Taelor Griego in the first quarter. Cole Ramey converted a 40 yard field goal to make it 17-14 game before RIghetti went up 22-17 on a 24 yard TD strike from Troy Prober to Luke Wilson and a two-point conversion. Prober scored on a 9 yard TD run late in the second quarter to give Righetti a 28-25 halftime lead.

Arroyo Grande improved to 3-1 in league and 6-2 overall, while Righetti all but saw its postseason hopes dashed after falling to 1-4 in league and 2-7 overall.

Arroyo Grande picked off 4 Prober passes, while the Warriors recovered two AG fumbles.

Prober finished with 335 yards and 2 TDs passing after he completed 22 of his 50 passes.

The Morro Bay Pirates drastically improved their postseason chances with a dominant home win over visiting Cabrillo. The Pirates built a 35-0 lead and never looked back. Morro Bay improved to 3-1 in LPL play and 5-3 overall. Cabrillo fell to 3-2 in play and 4-5 overall.

The Pirates racked up 379 total yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. They had three players rush for 100-plus yards.

Quarterback Jordan Bray completed 6 of his 7 passes for 102 yards. He rushed for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 9 carries. Tristan Collins finished with 124 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns on only 5 carries. Derek Viles racked up 105 yards and scored once. Jake Beavers added a touchdown run.

First year head coach Jack Greer has the Pirates sailing toward the postseason one year after they went 1-9.

Lompoc scored 35 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a 49 point home win over the Pirates. The Braves improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in Los Padres League play. They extended their winning streak to 28 games, which is the longest active streak in all of California.

The Braves struck first on a 39 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Ornelas to Rafael Arellano. The Pirates answered right back on an 82 yard strike from Brock Dickey to freshman Austin Vreeland to tie it 7-7. That's when Lompoc went on a 49-0 run to close out the first half. Nikko Hayes gave the Braves the lead for good 14-7 with a 57 yard touchdown run. Arellano had an 86 yard TD run. Hayes scored two touchdowns and was named homecoming king on the same night.

The Braves finished with 410 total yards, including 285 on the ground, while Sant AYnez had 149 total yards, 136 of which came via the pass.

Hayes finished with a game-high 114 yards rushing on just 5 carries with scores of 57 and 49 yards. Taylor Cornejo had 53 yards on just 4 carries and a 26 yard TD. AJ Flores had touchdown runs of 3 and 13 yards. Ornelas was 4 for 8 passing for 125 yards, all in the first half. He also hit Ainuu Taua for a 25 yard TD pass.

Santa Ynez dropped to 1-4 in LPL play and 1-7 overall. Dickey finished with 136 passing yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. The Pirates played without star Spencer Armenta, who is due back next week.

The Nipomo Titans earned their first win of the season after they built a 24-0 halftime lead.

Luke Shurtleff and Ian Wilkinson connected on two touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 70 yard score on the opening drive. Wilkinson finished with 11 catches for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tommy Saenz had 20 carries for 235 yards with one rushing TD in the second quarter. Taylor Apetz converted a 25 yard field goal in the first quarter for the Titans. Nipomo improved to 1-3 in league and 1-7 overall.

Shurtleff finished with 285 passing yards after completing 20 of his 35 passes. The Saints' Daniel Kakuk intercepted a Shurtleff pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Titans racked up 522 yards of total offense and held the Saints to 144 yards.

Santa Maria dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in LPL action. The Saints last league win was at Nipomo in 2010.

The Paso Robles Bearcats stayed in the playoff hunt with a 14 point win over visiting Pioneer Valley. Paso evened its Pac 7 mark to 2-2 and 5-3 overall, while PV dropped to 0-4 in league and 2-6 for the season.

Josh Jeter returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown to give Paso a 14-7 lead in the first half. The Bearcats recorded a safety and added a 22 yard field goal from Bryce Pasky to take a 19-7 lead. Garrett Nelson added to the lead with a 35 yard touchdown pass to sophomore Bailey Gaither with34 seconds left in the half to give the Bearcats a 25-7 lead the break. Colton Madrigal ran in a touchdown to start the third quarter to give Paso a commanding 32-7 lead.

Ernesto Barrera pounded his way into the endzone for PV to close the deficit, but the Bearcats prevailed to avenge a loss to the Panthers last season.

The Mission Prep Royals improved to 8-0 to start the season after a dominant 47 points win over the Aztecs behind 635 yards of total offense.

The Royals scored on their opening possession on a 72 yard TD strike from Tyler Baty to Joey Hall that was a sign of things to come. Michael Cardwell scored on a five yard run to make it 14-0. Farmersville cut the deficit to 14-7 on a TD pass, but Hall returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-7. After Baty threw his first interception of the season, the Aztecs scored again to make it 21-14. The Royals took over from there as Baty hit a wide open Patrick Laird over the middle for a 52 yard touchdown.

Baty finished 12 for 22 passing for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns. Cardwell had 17 carries for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus a kickoff return for a third score. Hall finished with 3 catches for 122 yards.

Mission has outscored opponents 396-92 this year.



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