Templeton High’s football team put up a fight, but a late comeback attempt was stifled by a dominating Morro Bay defense, as the Pirates prevailed 13-6 Friday night in Templeton.
The Eagles (1-9, 1-5 Los Padres League) scored on a 40-yard pass from Garrett Morrison to Tristan Riva with about 3 minutes remaining, and forced a stop to get the ball back deep in their own territory with the clock waning down. They couldn’t move the ball however, and Morro Bay (7-3, 5-1) kneeled away the remaining time.
Tristan Collins, hobbled by a sprained ankle, was the story of the game yet again for the Pirates. The running back threw a 17-yard pass to Zach Smith in the second quarter and ran in a 4-yard touchdown in the third. He finished the game with 215 yards on the ground.
Nipomo 35, Santa Ynez 30
Titans quarterback Matt Albright threw for three touchdowns and ran for one in Nipomo’s victory over the Pirates.
One of those touchdowns came early in the first quarter, when Albright hit receiver Nick Kimball on a 61-yard strike. The win gave Nipomo (5-5, 4-2 LPL) an early 7-3 lead over Santa Ynez.
Albright connected with Luke Nickelson late in the second quarter for a 32-yard touchdown, as the Titans led 21-10 at halftime.
Running back Chris Owens had a big night for Nipomo, rushing for 143 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
Safety Jacob Mora was the defensive highlight for the Titans, intercepting two passes at crucial times, including one in the fourth quarter that sealed the game.
Bishop Diego 39, Mission Prep 14
The Cardinals ran over the Royals in a game that was delayed because of heavy fog.
Bishop Diego scored in the first quarter when Anthony Carter returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. The Cardinals had a 20-0 lead in the second quarter before Calvin Levinsay returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to get the Royals (8-2) on the scoreboard.
The game was delayed for about 10 minutes in the second quarter because dense fog made it almost impossible to see the field from the sidelines.
Bishop Diego (8-2) broke the game open with a pair of rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. The Cardinals finished with 313 yards on 41 carries and outgained the Royals in the game, 403-210.
“I was a little disappointed because I know we could’ve played better,” Mission Prep coach Chad Henry said. “But it’s important not to let this one game put a complete damper on the whole picture of the year.”
Patrick Laird led Mission Prep with 159 rushing yards on 34 carries and a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Abel Gonzalez led Bishop Diego with 112 yards on nine carries and a 57-yard touchdown in the fourth. Aidan Williams on 71 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Coast Union 76, Concordia 14
The Broncos scored six first-quarter touchdowns, as Coast Union rolled to win in the first found of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 eight-man playoffs.
Coast Union (9-1) increased its lead to 62-8 at halftime before resting its starters in the second half. The Broncos had three rushers run for more than 100 yards each.
Ben Trieu had 12 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Juan Leonardo had 10 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns, and Alam Ramirez had 121 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown. Alexis Mirales had two touchdowns and 12 yards on five carries and had a fumble recovery on defense.
The Broncos forced four Concordia turnovers. Jack Mackinnon had a fumble recovery and an interception, and Grant Magnuson had the other fumble recovery.
Angel Avina was 5 for 7 for 58 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Quinten Raethke.