Oct 27, 2012 4:31 AM by Andrew Masuda
The Lompoc Braves clinched at least a share of their third-straight Los Padres League title and the St. Joseph Knights secured a piece of their first-ever Pac 7 League crown during Week 9 of Friday Night Highlights.
LOMPOC 56 @ NIPOMO 13
Nikko Hayes took his first three carries of the game for touchdowns within the first 6 minutes of the game to give the Braves a commanding 21-0 lead over the Nipomo Titans. The Braves cruised 58-13 to clinch at least a share of their third-straight Los Padres League title and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in league. They can win it outright with a win over crosstown rival Cabrillo next week. Lompoc, the top ranked team in CIF's Western Division, also extended its state-best winning streak to 29 games.
On the first play from scrimmage, Hayes rushed up the middle for a 70 yard touchdown. After a 30 yard pass play from Tyler Ornelas to Willie Iribarren, Hayes took his second carry for a 38 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Lompoc. After the Titans were forced to punt, the Braves returned the ball to Hayes and he responded with an 80 yard TD run. That gave him 188 yards and three touchdowns on his first three carries of the game.
Washington recruit Lavon Coleman returned to action for the first time since week three after recovering from a deep thigh bruise. The All-State running back ran in an 8 yard touchdown in the first quarter. Rafael Arellano ran in a 1 yard score to give the Braves a 35-0 lead after the first quarter. Jose Morales added a 35 yard field goal early in the second quarter to continue the rout.
The Braves added two more second quarter touchdowns on a 5 yard TD pass from Ornelas to Vincent Raya and a 19 yard touchdown run from Taylor Cornejo. Nipomo got on the board late in the second quarter on a 32 yard run from Tommy Sanez, but still trailed 52-6 at the break. Lompoc had almost 350 yards rushing in the first half to go with 6 rushing touchdowns. They finished with 410 yards rushing and 58 passing yards for the game. Coleman finished with 55 yards on four carries.
Saenz scored on a 3 yard run in the third quarter to pull the Titans to within 52-13, but the Braves responded with a 3 yard TD run from AJ Florez to make it 58-13.
Saenz finished with 161 yards on 36 carries and 2 touchdowns. Tommy Barrios started at quarterback for a sick Luke Shurtleff. Barrios threw for 63 yards on 10 for 16 passing.
Nipomo fell to 1-4 in league and 1-8 overall. The Titans close out the season next week at Santa Ynez.
PASO ROBLES 13 @ ARROYO GRANDE 20 - OT
Matt Willkomm scrambled for a 9 yard touchdown run on Arroyo Grande's opening possessio of overtime. The Eagles forced a fumble from Jimmy Pacheco near the goal line and recovered it to seal the thrilling victory. AG improved to 4-1 in Pac 7 play and 7-2 overall. The Bearcats dropped to 2-3 in league and 5-4 for the season.
The Bearcats trailed 13-7 at halftime, but Colton Madrigal scored a 3 yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the game to tie it at 13-13. The snap for the extra point was low and sophomore kicker Bryce Pasky could never get the kick off as Elijah Holt flew in to stop the play and force overtime.
Willkomm connected with Grant Alton for two first half touchdowns to give the Eagles a 13-7 lead at the half. Willkomm threw for 123 yards passing and rushed for 49 yards in the first half alone. He finished with 149 yards in the air and 76 yards on the ground.
Garrett Nelson threw an 80 yard touchdown bomb to sophomore Bailey Gaither to put the Bearcats on the board in the first half. Gaither had 118 yards receiving in the first half. Nelson threw for 127 yards in the first half and rushed for 28. Nelson finished with 169 passing yards and 35 on the ground. Madrigal led the Bearcats' ground game with 210 yards rushing and one touchdown. Gaither continued to put up big numbers with 210 yards receiving.
Cole Ramey missed a 38 yard field goal in the first half for AG. Pasky missed wide on a 38 yarder and appeared to nail a 35 yarder as time expired in the first half. But AG head coach Tom Goossen called a time out and after a meeting with the refs, Pasky tried it again but missed going into the break.
ST. JOSEPH 49 @ PIONEER VALLEY 16
Senior Scotty Cusack scored five touchdowns, four in the first half, and Curry Parham threw for four touchdowns to lead the St. Joseph Knights to a 49-16 win over Pioneer Valley to clinch at least a share of the program's first-ever Pac 7 League title. The Knights recovered from last week's loss at Atascadero to finish league play 5-1 and 7-2 overall. They play a non-league game at home against West next week.
PV dropped to 0-5 in league and 2-7 overall.
Wesley Williams started the scoring with a 1 yard run to give St. Joes a 7-0 lead. PV's Castro Sal kicked a 38 yard field goal to pull within 7-3. Cusack gave the Knights a 14-3 lead after the first quarter with a 60 yard touchdown catch from Curry Parham. He made it 21-3 with a 46 yard TD run in the second quarter. Gabe Becerra hauled in a 10 yard touchdown pass from Parham to give the Knights a 28-3 lead. PV cut into the deficit with a 15 yard touchdown pass from Drew Johnson to Roddrick Pullen. However, Cusack broke loose for a 64 yard touchdown catch and run from Parham and hauled in a ten yard TD pass from Curry Parham to make it 42-10 Knights at the break.
Cusack scored his fifth touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 20 yard TD run that made it 49-10. He finished with 6 catches for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns and 88 yards rushing on 5 carries for 2 more scores. Parham tbrew for 302 yards including 4 passes for 105 yards to his tight end Ryan Mediano.
Ernesto Barrera finished with 97 rushing yards on 23 carries for the Panthers.
During the game, the Panthers wore orange wristbands to show support for the mother of one of the players, who is battling leukemia.
ATASCADERO 14 @ SAN LUIS OBISPO 31
The San Luis Obispo Tigers clinched a spot in the CIF playoffs and will host rival Arroyo Grande next Friday for a piece of the Pac 7 title. The Tigers stormed out to a 21-7 halftime lead and held on for the win. SLO improved to 4-1 in league and 6-3 overall, while the Greyhounds fell to 2-3 in league and 4-5 for the year.
Garrett Giovannelli returned the opening kickoff 56 yards and finished the opening drive with a 26 yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 Tigers. The senior quarterback added a 22 yard run to make it 14-0 SLO. Atascadero responded with a 50 yard catch and run from Robbie Berwick to Dominic Chance to cut the deficit in half. The Tigers responded with a scoring drive of their own capped by a 24 yard touchdown pass from Giovannelli to Riley Humphrey to make it 21-7 at the break. Giovannelli later connected with Parker Lauritzen for a 20 yard touchdown to make it 28-7 in the third quarter.
Lauritzen and Jordan Knauer each intercepted a pass for the Tigers. Atascadero also lost two fumbles in the game.
The Tigers finished with 212 rushing yards led by 118 on 19 carries from Giovannelli. He ran in two scores and threw for two more. He finished with 116 yards passing.
Berwick finished with 175 yards passing and completed 14 of his 18 passes. Izaiah Cooks ran in a 2 yard touchdown late in the game for Atascadero's second score. The SLO defense held the Greyhounds' potent ground attack to just 84 yards.
Atascadero closes out the season next week at home against rival Paso Robles where fourth place will be on the line. The winner of that game will have to hope for an at-large berth in the CIF Northern Division playoffs. Only the top three teams in the league are guaranteed playoff berths.
MORRO BAY 42 @ SANTA MARIA 0
Jordan Bray ran in two touchdowns and Tristan Collins added another as Morro Bay took a 21-0 lead into halftime in its 42-0 win at Santa Maria. The Pirates improved to 4-1 in Los Padres League play and 6-3 overall. After last year's 1-9 season, first year head coach Jack Greer and his Pirates clinched a spot in the CIF playoffs.
Bray scored on runs of 35 and 10 yards in the first half. Collins ran in a 7 yard touchdown.
The Pirates finished with 297 yards rushing and 6 TDs via the ground. Derek Viles led the Pirates with 101 yards on just 5 carries with 2 touchdowns. Bray finished with 6 carries for 92 yards and 2 scores, while Collins had 60 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns himself.
The Saints have not scored an offensive touchdown in the last three games. They racked up 134 total yards. Dominique Garrett threw for 79 yards, including 65 of them to Marco Manzo. David Owens finished with 37 yards rushing to lead the Saints' ground attack.
The Saints finished league play 0-6 for the second year in a row and fell to 1-8 overall. They finish the season next week at Cantwell Sacred Heart.
TEMPLETON 28 @ SANTA YNEZ 14
Quarterback Alex Elterman threw for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Templeton Eagles to a spot in the CIF playoffs. The Eagles improved to 4-1 in league and 7-2 overall. Santa Ynez fell to 1-4 in Los Padres League play and 1-8 for the season.
Elterman opened the scoring with a 40 yard touchdown strike to Tobey Isbell. Tyler Murphee caught a 7 yard touchdown pass and ran in a 14 yard score in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Elterman capped the scoring with a 22 yard TD toss to Andy Garrettson to built a 28-0 Templeton lead.
Santa Ynez rallied for two second half touchdowns, but could not get any closer. The first came on a 9 yard TD pass from Spencer Armenta to Alec Hanna in the third quarter. Brock Dickey later connected with Armenta for a 22 yard TD strike in the fourth quarter. Dickey finished with 24 completions, a new school record, for 228 yards. Freshman Austin Vreeland had 10 catches for 38 yards.
The Eagles play at Morro Bay next Friday to end the regular season with sole possession of second place on the line. The Pirates end at home against Nipomo where fifth place will be on the line.
LOS PADRES LEAGUE
Lompoc 5-0, 9-0 *
Templeton 4-1, 7-2 *
Morro Bay 4-1, 6-3 *
Cabrillo 3-2, 4-5
Nipomo 1-4, 1-8
Santa Ynez 1-4, 1-8
Santa Maria 0-6, 1-8
St. Joseph 5-1, 7-2 *
Arroyo Grande 4-1, 7-2 *
San Luis Obispo 4-1, 6-3 *
Paso Robles 2-3, 5-4
Atascadero 2-3, 4-5
Righetti 1-4, 2-7
Pioneer Valley 0-5, 2-7
Mission Prep 9-0
* CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH
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