After losing consecutive games to PAC 7 opponents by a combined score of 73-6, Templeton started Los Padres League play with a thorough 17-0 defeat of Cabrillo at home to bring its record back above .500.
Tyler Gray was ready to see the LPL defense.
The senior running back rushed 22 times for 289 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (3-2, 1-0), to remind the league why recruiting service Rivals.com ranked the outside linebacker/running back combination the No. 52 general recruit in California.
Templeton, ranked as the Northwest Division preseason favorite by Calpreps.com, won its first two games of the season before struggling to stop the Arroyo Grande and Righetti attacks.
Against Cabrillo (1-4, 0-1), the Eagles’ defense had little trouble coming up with stops. They held the Conquistadors to just 209 yards, including 120 rushing yards on 38 attempts, good for an average of 3.16 yards per carry.
The two teams were scoreless at the half, before Gray broke a 73-yard run to make the score 7-0. After a Cameron Silzer field goal, Gray added a 35-yard touchdown run in the fourth to seal the win.
“It is great to get a win going into a bye week where we can enjoy it for a few days,” Templeton coach Dave Harper said. “We are glad we are healthy.”
Mission Prep 9, Linfield Christian 6
In his first game as head coach of the Royals (3-2), Chad Henry was able to lead his team to victory over the Lions.
In what turned out to be a game where all the scoring came on field goals, it was the defense that gave Mission Prep the win.
The Royals forced four turnovers, including three interceptions and one fumble. Spencer Rowley had two interceptions, and Joey Miller also picked off a pass.
“It was a great game,” Henry said. “We were able to play tough defense with high intensity throughout.”
Jesse Andreini accounted for all the points for the Royals, hitting field goals of 25, 29, and 43 yards. He was also responsible for the majority of their rushing yards; he had 45 of the team’s 47 yards on nine carries.
Fresno Christian 33, Coast Union 28
Sam Rivera and Omar Catalan both rushed for two touchdowns for the Broncos, but it wasn’t enough to get past Fresno Christian (2-3).
Rivera led the Coast Union (1-4) with 118 rushing yards off 15 carries.
North County Christian 58, Trinity Classical Academy 17
North County Christian (4-0) pushed past Trinity Classical Academy (1-3).
Crusaders quarterback Keelan Willison connected with Daniel Katches often, as the duo hooked up for five touchdowns passes. Willison finished 14-of-24 passing for 227 yards, and Katches finished with 11 catches for 146 yards.
Tyler Ross led North County Christian on the ground with 17 rushes for 150 yards.