Nipomo High’s football team nearly pulled off a memorable upset Friday night, but Lompoc’s quarterback ran for a two-point conversion in overtime to deliver the Braves a 35-34 road victory.
“That was the best defensive effort since my 2009 team,” Nipomo coach Russ Edwards said. “The defense kept us in the game and made big plays.”
Titans quarterback Matt Albright also made big plays, completing 15 of 27 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a two-point conversion to tie the score with 1:30 remaining in regulation.
Albright connected with Nick Kimball on a pair of touchdowns, and Luke Nickelson on another TD catch.
Chris Owens rushed for 100 yards and a TD on 14 carries for Nipomo (1-1).
Atascadero 41, Morro Bay 0
Quarterback Tommy Carr threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, the Greyhounds’ defense pitched a shutout, and Atascadero rolled past the host Pirates.
Carr scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter, then threw touchdown passes of 16 yards to Tony Quintero and 14 yards to Cole Mueller in the second quarter and a 26-yard TD to Karson Block in the fourth.
Atascadero’s R.J. Reusche ran for a 10-yard TD in the third quarter, and Terry Wolf scored on a 25-yard interception return in the fourth.
“Our defense played real well,” Greyhounds coach Vic Cooper said. “There were no breaks against a no-huddle offense, and they were stout all night long.”
Carr completed 8 of 13 passes for 123 yards without an interception. He also rushed for 28 yards on four carries.
Carr connected with Block three times for 47 yards. in a 14-yard TD pass from Griffin.
Atascadero’s Marc Martin carried 13 times for 64 yards and had a 20-yard reception.
Reusche ran for 94 yards on 11 carries, and Ethan Hicks rushed for 41 yards on five attempts.
Templeton 41, Beverly Hills 7
Gunnar Griffin completed 6 of 11 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 37 yards and two TDs on five carries to lead the Eagles to a road win.
Templeton’s Jordan Bernal completed 6 of 10 passes for 115 yards and three TDs.
Christian Hauser caught six passes for 97 yards and two TDs for the Eagles.
The Eagles’ Shannon Avery scored on a 22-yard pass from Bernal, and Nate Avery hauled
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a win on the road,” Templeton coach Dan Loney said. “It makes this long bus ride a little better. We still have things to work on, but it’s a good start to the season, and we’re hoping to build off it.”
Mission Prep 28, Rio Hondo Prep 27
Mission Prep won with a late goal-line stand, denying host Rio Hondo Prep on a two-point conversion attempt near the end of the game.
Dyllan Smiley scored first for the Royals with a 2-yard run. Rio Hondo Prep responded with a 72-yard pass from Gio Perez to Domenico Chico. In the second quarter, Perez threw for another touchdown, this time for 11 yards.
After halftime, Smiley scored again, this time on a 6-yard run. Rio Hondo Prep answered with a rushing touchdown of its own coming from Perez. In the fourth quarter, Smiley scored on running plays from 2 and 4 yards out.
Rio Hondo Prep then used a trick play to score on a 40-yard pass from Perez to Chico. With the score 28-27, Rio Hondo Prep opted to try to win the game with a two-point conversion.
The Royals held them off to bring their record to 1-1.
Fresno Christian 40, Coast Union 26
The visiting Broncos dropped their season opener despite a stellar performance from Binh Trieu, who scored touchdowns on a 10-yard run, a 15-yard reception and a 70-yard kickoff return.
Coast Union’s Alexis Mireles completed 10 of 24 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard strike to Tommy Moreno.
Moreno caught seven passes for 144 yards.