Tied at 13 at the half, the Morro Bay High football team tinkered with a few of its blocking schemes, and quarterback Sam Crizer exploited the new matchups to rush for three second-half touchdowns and help the Pirates take a 41-20 win at Nipomo on Friday night.
“They made the good second-half adjustments and ran it right at us,” Titans coach Russ Edwards said.
With the second-half success, Crizer finished with 293 yards rushing (a career high) on 24 carries for four touchdowns — including long scoring runs of 47, 59 and 71 yards.
The win brought Morro Bay (3-3 overall) to 2-0 in the Los Padres League going into next week’s crucial road game against Lompoc, the only other undefeated team in LPL play.
Nipomo (0-6) fell to 0-3 in the LPL.
Morro Bay focused almost exclusively on the ground game, with 382 yards rushing to only 25 in the air.
For Pirates’ coach John Andree, the success on the ground was much welcomed.
“Our offensive line really did a great job,” he said. “It was the only time we were really able to run the ball on anybody this year, which felt really good.”
Wes Hill paced the defense with an early 55-yard interception return for a touchdown to put Morro Bay up 13-0 before Nipomo rallied to tie it with a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Devonte Jackson and a 17-yard scoring reception by Justin Springer.
The Eagles (6-1, 2-1) had their way with Pioneer Valley (3-3, 0-2), rushing for 396 yards in a blowout PAC 7 victory.
Christian Crichton and Ciaran Costa provided the majority of Arroyo Grande’s rushing attack as Crichton ran for 133 yards on nine carries, and Costa added 107 yards on just five touches.
Costa scored on runs of 51 and 44 yards while Crichton scored on a 3-yard run early in the game.
Brent Vanderveen was 12-of-19 passing for 133 yards for the Eagles. He threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to L.T. Johnson in the second quarter that put Arroyo Grande ahead 28-0.
Johnson also scored on a 5-yard end around in the first quarter.
Garrett Owens kicked a 24-yard field goal, rushed for a 19-yard touchdown and had five catches for 55 yards for the Eagles.
The Bearcats (4-2, 2-0 PAC 7) overcame an early 13-0 deficit to beat St. Joseph (2-4, 0-3 PAC 7).
The Eagles (3-3, 1-1 LPL) fell to Santa Ynez (2-4, 1-2) after failing to convert a two-point conversion in double overtime.
With the score tied at 14 heading into the first overtime, Templeton’s Tyler Gray punched the ball in from 5 yards out. Santa Ynez responded with a Ryan Welker 5-yard touchdown run as well to tie the game back up and send it into a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Welker hit Garley Wyatt on a 25-yard touchdown pass to put Santa Ynez ahead 28-21. On Templeton’s possession, Gray scored again but was stopped on a two-point conversion rushing attempt.
Gray finished with 148 yards off 25 carries for the Eagles. Teammate Kory Dearie had 120 rushing yards.
Andy Gordon dominated on the ground, accounting for nearly all of Coast Union’s (2-4) points as the Broncos rolled over Laton in their East Sierra League opener.
Gordon had a standout night with 186 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns on the ground. He also had a 33-yard touchdown catch on Coast Union quarterback Omar Catalan’s only completion of the night.
Gordon rushed for a 47-yard touchdown and also completed a 28-yard pass to Sam Rivera. Catalan added a 4-yard touchdown run and kicked a 29-yard field goal.
The Broncos ended the game with 269 rushing yards.