Alex Cecchi caught a 30-yard pass from Sawyer May with 1 minute, 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles the lead for good as the Arroyo Grande high football team beat Liberty 24-21 on Friday night in Arroyo Grande.
Liberty’s Anthony Mariscol, an Arizona commit, scored his first of three rushing touchdowns to give his team a short-lived lead early before Joey DeLaRosa scored on a 1-yard run for the Eagles to tie the score.
After being shut out in the second quarter and down by seven at the half, Arroyo Grande gained its first lead on a Jordan Harrigan 5-yard run to end the third quarter.
Mariscol scored on a 7-yard run with 3:14 left in the game, but the Eagles’ answered with an 80-yard drive in less than two minutes. Along with Cecchi’s 30-yard catch, the drive was highlighted with a 44-yard catch by Bradley Mickey and a 12-yard, third-down reception by Sam Coleman.
Ryan Teixeira sealed the win with an interception with 57 seconds left for Arroyo Grande (5-1).
Harrigan led the Eagles on the ground with 16 carries for 103 yards.
Paso Robles 42, Nordhoff 10
The Bearcats overcame a slow start, led by a strong performance by wideout Bailey Gaither, who had three receiving touchdowns.
Justin Erickson had 23 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns, and Justin Davis threw for three touchdowns on 12 of 17 passing.
Paso Robles (5-0) went down early in the first quarter after a Nordhoff field goal and fumble return for a score.
The defense held strong for the rest of the game, not allowing another point.
Morro Bay 23, San Luis Obispo 14
Morro Bay overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit, shutting the Tigers out in the second half for a nonleague win.
“We played a fundamentally sound game,” Pirates coach Jack Greer said, “I’m proud of the defense.”
Elijah Garcia had two interceptions for Morro Bay (2-3).
Templeton 28, Cabrillo 23
Templeton started off strong with a touchdown by Scott Rigdon on an 8-yard pass from Jordan Bernal.
Jared Wilson and Clint Howland also added touchdowns in the first quarter, solidifying Templeton’s control of the game early on.
Templeton (4-1) dominated on the ground with 37 carries for 258 rushing yards.
“I’m proud of the way they come out and work hard week to week,” Templeton coach Dan Loney said.
Orcutt Academy 61, Coast Union 13
The Bronco’s backfield tandem of Binh Trieu and Lane Sutherland each had a touchdown in the third quarter in the home loss.
Trieu capped off a 116-yard performance with half of his yards coming on a 56-yard touchdown run while Sutherland totaled 45 yards with an 11-yard touchdown run for Coast Union (0-4).
Linfield Christian 30, Mission Prep 13
Matt Simmons and Patrick Miller caught touchdown passes from Bryce Fledderman, but it wasn’t enough in the nonleague road loss.
The Royals (2-2) trailed 10-7 at halftime before Linfield Christian scored twice in the third quarter to take a commanding 23-3 lead into the fourth period.
Simmons caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Miller had a 14-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter.