ALL GAMES ARE 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted
Morro Bay (0-1, 0-0) at Atascadero (0-0, 0-0)
Last week: Viewpoint 31, Morro Bay 24; Atascadero, BYE
Morro Bay High opened its season Aug. 27 with a loss to visiting Viewpoint Academy. The Pirates’ defense gave up two touchdowns in a little less than three minutes, including the go ahead score with 1:23 to play. The option offense of Morro Bay was successful for most of the night as quarterback Isaac Manaputy, who is out for this game with an injury, ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and threw for 100 yards and a score. Luis Alvarez led the Pirates with 81 yards rushing.
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It will be Atascadero’s first game of the season. Much like Morro Bay, the Greyhounds have rush-heavy offensive attack. The ground game will be led by senior running backs Marc Martin and R.J. Reusche. Atascadero could look to press a Morro Bay secondary that got burned for three touchdowns last week, but with an inexperienced quarterback, the Greyhounds will likely stick to what they do best.
Arroyo Grande (0-1, 0-0) at Independence (0-0, 0-0)
Last week: Arroyo Grande 34, Lompoc 28; Independence, BYE
Arroyo Grande won its opener with lots of explosive plays on offense. After posting just nearly 500 yards of balanced offense against the Braves, the Eagles will take their firepower on the road to Bakersfield for a matchup against Independence High. The South Yosemite League Falcons were 4-2 at home last year, with a 6-5 overall record. If the Eagles defense can record four more sacks, like it did against Lompoc, and if the offense keeps rolling, Arroyo Grande should move to 2-0.
Paso Robles (0-1, 0-0) at Camarillo (1-0, 0-0)
Last week: Clovis 27, Paso Robles 24; Camarillo 51, Rio Mesa 17
After dropping the first game of the season at home to Clovis, Paso Robles heads south to take on Camarillo. The Camino League Scorpions started their season with a dismantling of Rio Mesa in Oxnard. Paso Robles running back Christian Erickson turned in an impressive 33-carry, 167-yard performance in the loss, but the Bearcats will need more on the offensive side of the ball.
Quarterback Justin Davis had one interception, no touchdowns and 122 yards passing against the Cougars. On defense, the Bearcats will need to stop senior Scorpions quarterback Jake Constantine, who threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers in his team’s opener, and Isaiah Otis, who rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown.
Nipomo (1-0, 0-0) at Lompoc (0-1, 0-0)
Last week: Nipomo 21, Pioneer Valley 13; Arroyo Grande 34, Lompoc 28
Nipomo coach Tony Dodge said his team didn’t play its best at home against Pioneer Valley, but the Titans were still good enough to win. Nipomo quarterback Gavin Hall threw for two touchdowns on 9-for-12 passing, finishing with 122 yards.
Lompocs is led by quarterback Torey Sims, five-star recruit Toa Taua and the rest of a Braves team still reeling from its opening-night loss to Arroyo Grande. Expect a few big collisions between Nipomo’s Terry Wambolt, who had 21 tackles against Pioneer Valley, and the powerful Taua.
Beverly Hills (0-1, 0-0) at Templeton (1-0, 0-0), 5:30 p.m., Saturday
Last week: Templeton 18, Bakersfield Christian 16; Oak Park 40, Beverly Hills 6
Templeton opened the season with a thrilling road win on the strength of a stopped two-point conversion. The Eagles dominated the ground game thanks to a 246-yard, two touchdown outburst by senior running back Michael Capelli.
Nate Avery had 81 yards rushing on 17 carries for the Eagles, and Bernal finished 5 of 13 passing for 66 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Beverly Hills lost its opening game of the season last week to Oak Park, 40-6.
San Luis Obispo (0-1, 0-0) at Pioneer Valley (0-1, 0-0)
Last week: Santa Ynez 29, San Luis Obispo 7; Nipomo 21, Pioneer Valley 13
Tigers quarterback Omeed Djassemi had a game to forget, which included an interception and three lost fumbles, in the opening loss to Santa Ynez. The Tigers’ defense gave up 265 yards on the ground and will face a team who gained 267 yards on the ground and only 17 yards through the air against a solid Nipomo defense last week. San Luis Obispo coach Pat Johnston is hoping the return of starting center Cade Aguilar will cure some of the Tigers problems.
Rio Hondo Prep (0-0, 0-0) at Mission Prep (0-0, 0-0)
Last week: Neither team played
Mission Prep begins its season at home. The Royals are coming off a disappointing 4-7 season and will look to senior two-way player Patrick Miller and junior quarterback Bryce Fledderman to turn things around in 2015. Mission Prep Chad Henry will use a shotgun offense most of the time for the first time as the Royals’ coach. The last time Rio Hondo took the field was a 42-0 loss to Big Bear in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs last season.