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Oct 3, 2012 12:34 AM by Andrew Masuda

Templeton football preparing for LPL showdown with Lompoc

The Templeton High football team is preparing this week for its biggest game of the season and that's a home game against undefeated Lompoc.

The Eagles are 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in Los Padres League play. They racked up 628 yards of total offense last week in a 54-7 win at Santa Maria.

"This is a great opportunity for us. We're looking forward to it. And this is one we've been looking forward to all year," said Templeton head coach Dan Loney. He added the game will come down to execution and not turning the ball over to the Braves.

Two-time defending league champion Lompoc is 5-0 and coming off its bye week. The Braves have won 25 straight games, which is now the longest active winning streak in the state.

The Eagles are the last team to beat Lompoc. They beat the Braves 31-21 two years ago at Templeton. They're hoping to do the same thing this Friday.

"Lompoc is a great team and I think if there is a team in the LPL that can beat them it's got to be us. We're excited for it. We've got a great game plan and there should be a lot of people supporting us," said quarterback Alex Elterman. He threw for 282 yards and 4 touchdowns in last week's win in Santa Maria.

Kickoff on Friday is at 7 pm at Templeton High. The LPL showdown will be the Friday Night Highlights Game of the Week and the site of the second Carl's Jr. Hometown Pep Rally. Fans are asked to show up to the field at 5:45pm to be part of the festivities with Chief Meteorologist Dave Hovde

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