Something has to give when Morro Bay plays SLO High at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Both teams enter the game in Morro Bay without a win — the Pirates are 0-3, while SLO High is 0-2. Heading into the game, I’ve got my eye on the battle of the running backs.
In the last two games, Morro Bay senior Myles Minnis has been a bright spot for the Pirates offense, rushing for 255 yards and four touchdowns. On the other side is SLO High senior Pierson Mosichuk, the centerpiece of the Tigers offense. Mosichuk is responsible for both SLO High touchdowns this season and is averaging 112 yards rushing per game.
Morro Bay does have an advantage at quarterback with junior Aidan Moriarty. After missing the second game of the season with an injury, Moriarty returned last week and went 20 of 45 for 280 yards in a 27-10 loss to Carpinteria.
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Atascadero at Frontier (Bakersfield), 7:30 p.m.
After opening the 2017 season with an overtime win, Atascadero (1-2) has failed to score in its last two games, losses to Ventura and Stockdale. The good news for the Greyhounds is the run game returned last week against Stockdale as Arik Machado and Kobe Cross each rushed for over 100 yards. The bad news is they will be playing a good Frontier team (2-0) led by senior running back Tye Johnson, who has 374 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.
Templeton at Cabrillo, 7 p.m.
Shane Simonin seems to be hitting his stride for Templeton. The junior running back had 176 yards and three touchdowns last week against Kern Valley to give Templeton (1-2) its first win of the season. The Eagles will travel to Lompoc to play a Cabrillo team (0-3) still looking for its first win of the season.
Arroyo Grande at Pioneer Valley, 7 p.m.
Arroyo Grande junior quarterback Kadin Byrne had his best game of the season for the Eagles (1-2) in a win over Independence, throwing for 101 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-14 passing and rushing for 52 yards and a score. The Arroyo Grande defense also played well, forcing three interceptions. This week, the Eagles go against Pioneer Valley (2-0), which has wins over SLO High and Nipomo this season.
Cajon (San Bernardino) at Paso Robles, 7 p.m.
Paso Robles (0-2) hung with McClymonds in a loss last week, but the offensive struggles continued. The Bearcats will need to figure out how to move the ball to keep up with Cajon (1-1), a Top 5 team in CIF-Southern Section Division 4 that is averaging 45 points in its first two games of the season.
Nipomo at Santa Ynez, 7 p.m.
Santa Ynez (2-0) has been one of the most dominant teams on the Central Coast so far this season, outscoring opponents 128-22 in its first two games. The Pirates are led by senior quarterback Dustin Gregg, who has thrown for 507 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions in wins over San Marcos and Carpinteria. Nipomo (0-3) has gained just 319 yards on offense this season.