Oct 26, 2012 1:39 AM by Andrew Masuda
Lompoc can clinch at least a share of its third-straight Los Padres League title, while the St. Joseph Knights can wrap up a piece of their first-ever Pac 7 crown on Friday. This is week 9, the second to last week of the regular season.
Something to keep in mind is that because of the divisions they are in, only three Los Padres League and three Pac 7 League teams are guaranteed spots in the postseason. An additional team from each league could receive an at-large berth.
ST. JOSEPH @ PIONEER VALLEY
The Pioneer Valley Panthers will look to pull off an upset as they host St. Joseph. The Knights are coming off their 28-24 heartbreaking loss at Atascadero and are 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Pac 7 play.
Quarterback Curry Parham threw for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 40 yard TD strike to Zak Karsh and a 30 yard TD to Ryan Mediano. The Knights built leads of 21-7 at the half and 24-7 to start the fourth quarter. Scotty Cusack added 116 yards rushing, including a 50 yard touchdown. Ben Adam added a 25 yard field goal.
The Panthers are 0-4 in league and 2-6 overall and coming off a 32-18 loss at Paso Robles. Codie Corbin had 55 rushing yards and one touchdown run to go along with 30 yards receiving. Ernesto Barrera, a junior, racked up a team-high 71 yards on 14 carries and scored one touchdown. Quarterback Drew Johnson threw for 95 yards and added another 61 on the ground.
Pioneer Valley beat St. Joe's last year for the first time in program history 28-24.
PASO ROBLES @ ARROYO GRANDE
Paso Robles looks to keep its postseason hopes alive, while Arroyo Grande looks to wrap up a spot in the playoffs in our Friday Night Highlights Game of the Week.
The host Eagles are 3-1 in league and 6-2 overall. Ranked fifth in CIF's Northern Division this week, AG is coming off a 46-34 win over Righetti. The Eagles overcame a 28-25 fourth quarter deficit to outscore Righetti 21-6 the rest of the way. Quarterback Matt Willkomm threw for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns, while adding 45 yards on the ground and a 20 yard touchdown. Brennan Rivera hauled in 8 catches for 114 yards. Elijah Holt sprinted for an 83 yard touchdown in the first half and returned an interception 85 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Michael Jordano added a 65 yard touchdown run for the Eagles. Junior linebacker/tight end Grant Alton earned Week 8 Player of the Week honors after he racked up 17 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions on defense, while registering one 6-yard catch on offense.
Colton Madrigal continued his impressive senior season. He carried the ball 27 times for 152 yards rushing and scored 2 touchdowns. Josh Jeter returned two kickoffs for 160 yards, including an 80 yard touchdown that gave Paso Robles the lead for good 14-7. Madrigal leads the Pac 7 with 1,049 rushing yards.
Paso Robles lost to the Eagles last year 35-17.
ATASCADERO @ SAN LUIS OBISPO
Two Pac 7 rivals fighting for postseason berths face off in San Luis Obispo. The Tigers are coming off their bye week and enter 3-1 in league and 5-3 overall.
San Luis Obispo held on to beat Righetti two weeks ago 38-35. The Tigers led 28-0 at the half, but needed to recover an onside kick in the final 90 seconds to seal the victory. Quarterback Garrett Giovannelli rushed for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Sawyer Scott led the way with 97. As a team, the Tigers rushed for 316 yards. Nate Greenelsh added a rushing score. The Greyhounds need to watch out for the Tigers' Nick Hill. He returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown against the Warriors to give him 6 in the last three games. He leads the league with 7 picks.
Atascadero enters 2-2 in league and 4-4 overall. The Greyhounds are coming off their thrilling 28-24 win over previously undefeated St. Joseph despite trailing 24-7 to start the fourth quarter. Robbie Berwick threw for 142 yards and 1 touchdown, the game-winning 25 yard strike to Wayde Vierra with 43 seconds to play. Berwick also rushed for 43 yards and 1 touchdown. Izaiah Cooks led the Hounds with 155 yards rushing and two fourth quarter touchdowns, one of which was a 23 yard pass.
Atascadero lost a tight one to San Luis Obispo last season 17-14.
LOMPOC @ NIPOMO
The Lompoc Braves hit the road in search of guaranteeing themselves at least a share of their third-straight LPL championship. The 8-0 Braves are 4-0 in league and riding a 28 game winning streak, which is still the longest-active winning streak in California. The Braves are coming off a 56-7 win over Santa Ynez, where Lompoc led 35-7 after the first quarter. Lompoc finished with 410 total yards of offense, including 285 on the ground. Nikko Hayes had a game-high 114 yards on just 5 carries with 57 and 49 yard touchdowns. Tyler Ornelas threw for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns, all in the first half.
Nipomo is coming off its first win of the year, a 31-7 victory over Santa Maria. Ian Wilkinson caught 11 passes for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Luke Shurtleff threw for 285 yards on 20 for 35 passing. Tommy Sanez had 20 carries for 235 yards and 1 touchdown run. The Titans compiled 522 total yards of offense and limited the Saints to 144. Nipomo is 1-3 in league and 1-7 overall. Saenz leads the way with 1,046 yards rushing for the season, while Shurtleff has 1,478 passing yards.
Lompoc beat Nipomo last season 34-7.
TEMPLETON @ SANTA YNEZ
The Templeton Eagles will head to Santa Ynez fresh off their bye week. Templeton is 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league, while the Pirates are 1-3 in league and 1-7 overall.
Templeton recovered 4 fumbles and intercepted 2 passes in a 42-14 win over Cabrillo two weeks ago. Quarterback Alex Elterman finished 14 for 17 passing for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. Elijah Brooks scored on an 85 yard touchdown catch to finish with 2 catches for 104 yards. Connor Truhitte rushed for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 carries. Tobey Isbell and Scott Lawson caught touchdown passes in the win. Elterman ranks second in the LPL with 1,342 passing yards. Jackson Wheeler leads the LPL with 100 tackles.
Santa Ynez lost 56-7 last week at Lompoc. The Pirates tied it 7-7 in the first quarter on an 82 yard touchdown pass from Brock Dickey to freshman Austin Vreeland. However, the Pirates were shutout the rest of the way and managed just 149 total yards of offense. Dickey finished with 136 passing yards and 1 TD and 1 interception. Star Spencer Armenta sat out last week for Santa Ynez, but was expected to play this week.
The Eagles beat the Pirates last year 16-6.
MORRO BAY @ SANTA MARIA
The Morro Bay Pirates can clinch a spot in the 2012 postseason with a win over last place Santa Maria. The Pirates are 3-1 in league and 5-3 overall after going 1-9 and missing the playoffs last year. The Saints are 0-5 in league and 1-7 overall.
Morro Bay is coming off a 49-7 win over Cabrillo where it built a 35-0 lead at the half. The Pirates racked up 379 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns with three players for 100-plus yards on the ground. Quarterback Jordan Bray threw for 102 yards and rushed for 129 with 2 TD runs. Tristan Collings had just 5 carries for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Derek Viles had 105 yards and 1 score. Viles ranks third in the league with 861 yards rushing.
Santa Maria lost 31-7 last Friday at Nipomo. Daniel Kakuk intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to provide Santa Maria its' only points on the board. The Saints were limited to 144 yards in the loss.
Last year, Morro Bay's only win of the season was a 28-14 win over Santa Maria.
Misison Prep was scheduled to host Rancho Christian. However, the opponents forfeited the game earlier this week handing the Royals the automatic win. The Royals improved to 9-0 and host undefeated Bishop Diego next Friay.
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