The Morro Bay High football team jumped out to an early lead, scoring 20 points in the first quarter en route to a 48-24 victory over visiting Templeton on Friday night.
Derek Viles began the scoring with a 63-yard touchdown run for the Pirates (7-3, 5-1 Los Padres League), and Zach Smith followed with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Bray. Bray ended the first quarter with a 70-yard touchdown run for the Pirates.
Viles finished with 232 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns, and Bray had 13 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown rushing and was 6-for-10 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown passing.
Morro Bay completed a remarkable turnaround under first-yard head coach Jack Greer. The Pirates were 1-9 last season and finished second in the LPL this year with the win. The second-place finish also likely will give Morro Bay a first-round home playoff game next week.
Alex Elterman put the Eagles (7-3, 4-2 LPL) on the board with a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter, but Smith caught a touchdown pass from Tristan Collins to give the Pirates a 27-3 halftime lead.
Elterman finished with 17 completions for 212 yards, and Connor Truhitte added 12 carries for 107 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Morro Bay finished with 470 total yards of offense to Templeton’s 397.
Templeton, which has advanced to their division semifinals each of the past two years, will be the LPL’s No. 3 seed for the third straight season.
Nipomo 37, Santa Ynez 20
Luke Shurtleff threw three touchdown passes to lead the Titans (2-8, 2-4 LPL) to a win and a fifth-place league finish.
Nipomo’s Tommy Saenz had 34 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Quintin Bland had eight catches and two touchdowns for Nipomo.
Ian Wilkinson had four catches for 50 yards and one touchdown reception, and Taylor Apetz made four extra-point kicks and had a 32-yard field goal for the Titans.