Atascadero High's football team scored nine touchdowns in a 62-14 win over Morro Bay on Friday night in Atascadero.
The power running game of the Greyhounds was too much for the undersized and hobbled Pirates to handle. Atascadero running backs Marc Martin and R.J. Reusche combined for three touchdowns, and Tannen Sooijan added two more scores on the ground. The Greyhounds finished with 246 yards rushing.
Greyhound Quarterbacks Race: Atascadero coach Vic Cooper played all three of his quarterbacks Friday night. Cooper says he is still not sure who will get the start moving forward. Junior Carson Rinkenberger got the start and saw little action because of the success of the running game. He finished 1 for 1 for 9 yards passing and had two rushes for 28 yards. Classmate Elijah Cooks played well, tossing a 17-yard touchdown to Sean Moller and running for a 10-yard touchdown. Cooks finished with 19 yards rushing, 17 passing and two touchdowns. Senior Jeffery Middleton did not attempt a pass and had 2 yards rushing on two carries.
Manuputy Affect: Morro Bay senior do-it-all quarterback Isaac Manuputy was sidelined with a foot injury. His backup, Archie Torres -- who had never played varsity quarterback before -- struggled, rushing for 4 yards on eight attempts and completing one pass on one attempt for 6 yards. Without Manuputy, who is also the team's kicker, the Pirates went for every fourth down and turned the ball over 8 of 9 attempts on downs.
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What's Next: Atascadero (1-0) travels to Bakersfield to take on Stockdale High next week. Morro Bay (0-2) is also on the road in Lake Isabella to play Kern Valley High.
Atascadero 62, Morro Bay 14
Score by quarters
Morro Bay 0 8 0 6—14
Atascadero 14 27 14 7—62
AT — Marc Martin 8 run (Logan Armstrong kick)
AT — Marc Martin 9 run (Logan Armstrong kick)
AT — R.J. Reusche 1 run (Logan Armstrong kick)
AT — Sean Moller 17 pass from Elijah Cooks ( Logan Armstrong kick)
AT — Tannen Soojian 1 run (kick failed)
AT — Tannen Soojian 15 run (Logan Armstrong kick)
MB — Noah Clapp 80 fumble return (McGinley run)
AT — Colby Olive 13 run (Logan Armstrong kick)
AT — Elijah Cooks 10 run (Logan Armstrong kick)
AT — Nigel Warren 36 fumble return (Logan Armstrong kick)
MB — Josh Skiffington 17 run (kick failed)
First downs 16 7
Rushes-yards 32-245 50-144
Passing yards 26 6
Passes 2-2-0 1-2-0
Total yards 271 150
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-3
Penalties-yards 4-20 3-25
Rushing — Morro Bay: Brandon McGinley 10-65, Luis Alvarez 9-22, Archie Torres 9-11, Myles Minnis 5-12 Josh Skiffington 3-11, Danny Koval 1-10. Atascadero: Marc Martin 6-58, Nigel Warren, 5-56, R.J. Reusche 7-37, Tannen Soojian 3-19, Rinkenberger 2-28, Colby Olive 3-19, Elijah Cooks 2-19, Logan Armstrong 1-8, Logan Spinola 1-8, Carson Rinken Berger, 2-28, Jeffery Middleton 2-2, ;
Passing — Morro Bay: Archie Torres 1-2-0 6. Atascadero: Elijah Cooks 1-1-0 17, Carson Rinkenberger 1-1-0 9
Receiving — Morro Bay: McGinley 1-6. Atascadero: R.J. Reusche 1-9, Sean Moller 1-17.