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Nov 1, 2013 12:28 AM by Trent Merfeld and Matt SantaMaria

Paso Robles - Arroyo Grande Preview

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - In a battle of second-place teams, Paso Robles (3-1,6-2) will be hosting Arroyo Grande (3-1,6-2) Friday night at 7 p.m.

Paso Robles, who escaped Pioneer Valley with a 31-28 in the final minute last week, will be facing an Arroyo Grande team that has surrendered 20 total points in the four Pac-7 games they have played.

"I don't care what's gone on before," Arroyo Grande head coach Tom Goossen said. "I know when Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande play it's going to be a great ball game."

Paso Robles junior quarterback Gunnar Griffin understands the challenge ahead, facing an Arroyo Grande squad that has given up 6 total points in its last three conference matchups. "Arroyo Grande is just a great team," Griffin said. "They have the best defense in the Pac-7 so it's going to be really hard to score on them."

Paso Robles head coach Rich Schimke said there isn't much to choose from when attacking the Eagles' defense, and is grateful that his team is in the position they are in after last Friday's close game.

"Last Friday was divine intervention," Schimke said. "Thank the Lord on that one, so we have the opportunity to be where we are right now."

There is a respect across the sideliness between the coaches, as Goossen praised Schimke's efforts with his team. "Every year they come out and they're prepared," Goosen said. Great coaching staff, they're hard-nosed [and] difficult to play, and so we know we're going to be in a battle."

Both teams stand at 3-1 in the Pac-7, and Friday night, the winner will have the better record and momentum going into the postseason.

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