Down 21-14 at the half to first-place Lompoc High, Templeton coach Dave Harper told his team what he had been saying the whole week.
“You just gotta play football.”
If playing football means executing lockdown defense and winning the turnover battle, the Eagles (5-3, 3-1 Los Padres League) practiced what just about every football coach in the world preaches.
Templeton held Lompoc (5-3, 3-1) scoreless in the second half and forced six turnovers — while giving up none — for a 31-21 home win Friday night that puts the Eagles at the top of the league standings.
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Templeton defensive lineman Casey Dakin provided the key play that put the Eagles ahead for good.
With the score tied at 21-all in the fourth quarter, Dakin scooped up a fumble recovery and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown that put his team up 28-21.
Cameron Silzer put the game out of reach with a 36-yard field goal.
Again, Harper put it simply.
“It was just playing four quarters of football,” he said. “They (Lompoc) are a great football team that keeps after it and makes plays.“We didn’t have any letups and to beat a good football team, that’s what you have to do.”
Eagles quarterback Simon Roth ran for a 2-yard touchdown and threw one of 43 yards to Andrew Garrettson in the first half.
Tyler Gray rushed for 199 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter that tied the score.
The Eagles’ defense forced four fumbles and recovered all four, as well as intercepting two passes.
In what may be the school’s biggest regular season football victory ever, Mission Prep (5-3) used a 335-yard passing game from quarterback Tyler Baty to defeat Nipomo.
The Titans held the lead early, with Juan Rodriguez scoring on a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
But from there it was all Royals.
Mission Prep scored twice in the second quarter. Jesse Andreini found paydirt on a 4-yard run, and Baty hit Zack Allmon on an 8-yard touchdown pass. The Royals added another score in the fourth quarter, when Baty ran in from 3 yards out.
Baty was 19-of-33 passing with an interception. Allmon was his favorite target, catching eight passes for 156 yards, both team highs.For Nipomo (0-7), Justin Springer had 64 rushing yards. The Titans had 241 total yards.
Mission Prep nearly doubled that with 425 yards of total offense.
Sam Crizer remained a one-man show for Morro Bay, amassing 300 of the Pirates’ 345 yards of total offense.
Crizer rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries and was 7-of-15 passing for 111 yards and two interceptions.
Jesse Landry had one reception for 38 yards, while Austin Emley had two for 36 and Juan Acuna added two for 27 in the loss.
Darek Mendoza rushed for 35 yards on nine carries for Morro Bay (3-5, 2-2 LPL).
The Crusaders (7-1, 2-1) survived Maricopa running back Jesus Guitron’s 258-yard, five-touchdown outburst to stay alive in the Coast Valley League title hunt.
Tyler Roth led North County Christian with 25 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Keelan Willison threw two touchdown passes to Taylor Brard en route to an 11-of-18 passing game for 167 yards and three scores.
Daniel Katches had touchdown receptions of 17 and 8 yards, while Brard’s scores came from 11 and 31 yards. Brard also threw a touchdown pass to Katches.
The teams combined to fumble the ball 12 times, but North County Christian didn’t lose any of its five fumbles, while Maricopa lost five of seven.
Farmersville 23, Coast Union 6
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