The Morro Bay High football team gave up two late scores and lost 31-24 to Viewpoint in its season opener on Thursday in Morro Bay.
The Pirates took a 24-17 with 9:11 remaining on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Isaac Manaputy to Brandon McGinley.
They held that lead with four minutes left but allowed the tying touchdown with 3:10 to play on a 6-yard run by Patriots quarterback Zach Chulak.
After Morro Bay (0-1) had a touchdown called back by a penalty on its next drive, the Pirates punted.
Viewpoint then produced the winning score with 1:23 to play on a 60-yard pass from Chulak to Devin Douglas.
Manaputy ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and threw for 100 yards and a score for Morro Bay. Luis Alvarez led the Pirates with 81 yards rushing.
“It’s preseason. We got better today. I’m proud of them,” Morro Bay head coach David Kelly said. “They went out and battled against a quality opponent.”
Morro Bay had 205 yards rushing on 47 attempts.
“I think we controlled the clock really well,” Kelley said. “Our game plan was to run the ball and control the clock.”
Manaputy kicked a 38-yard field goal to open the scoring in the game and the season for the Pirates, giving Morro Bay a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
A field goal and Chulak touchdown pass put the Patriots ahead 10-3 before Manaputy scored on a 1-yard run with 43 seconds left in the half.
Manaputy scored again in the third quarter, and the ensuing 2-point conversion put the Pirates ahead 17-10.