The Tribune's Top 10 Prep Football Rankings
Team — Record — First-place votes — Points — Last week
1. (tie) Lompoc 6-0, 0-0 LPL — 5 — 85 — 1
1. (tie) Paso Robles 7-0, 1-0 PAC 5 — 4 — 85 — 1
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3. Arroyo Grande 5-2, 0-1 PAC 5 — 0 — 69 — 3
4. Atascadero 5-1, 0-0 PAC 5 — 0 — 67 — 3
5. Righetti 4-2, 1-0 PAC 5 — 0 — 49 — 6
6. Templeton 6-1, 1-0 NL — 0 — 45 — 6
7. Nipomo 4-3, 1-0 NL — 0 — 40 — 5
8. St. Joseph 4-3, 1-0 LPL — 0 — 22 — 8
9. Mission Prep 3-4, 0-1 NL — 0 — 14 — 10
10. Pioneer Valley 2-4, 0-1 LPL — 0 — 8 — 9
Others receiving votes: Morro Bay (2-5) 7; Cabrillo (3-4) 3; Santa Ynez (1-6) 1.
Voters this week: Ashley Conklin (The Tribune), Kenny Cress (Santa Maria Times), Mike Moreno (KZOZ 93.3 FM), Matt SantaMaria (KSBY), Joshua D. Scroggin (The Tribune), Jeff Poirier (Paso Robles Press), Tom Sepulveda (The Tribune), Alex J. Jankowski (The Tribune), Mike Abram (ESPN 1280 AM).
A look at this week's matchups:
RIGHETTI (4-2, 1-0 PAC 8) AT ATASCADERO (5-1, 0-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: Righetti 70, San Luis Obispo 6; Atascadero BYE.
What to Watch: Righetti — The Warriors ran for 299 yards and threw for 180 in outscoring San Luis Obispo 49-0 after the first quarter. Deandre Thomas had 100 yards and two scores on just eight carries, Andy Cooper scored three times with 86 yards on seven carries, and Angelo Torres turned seven rushes into 65 yards and a score. Quarterback Conor Regan completed 10 of 12 passes with touchdown tosses to Steven Spadarotto and Nathan Hawkins. Spadarotto finished with six catches for 90 yards. Ricardo Bedolla and Chris Graham also recorded an interception for Righetti, which rebounded from a 42-22 loss at Lompoc the week before.
Atascadero — The Greyhounds are the last team to kick off the PAC 5 schedule, having a bye following wins against Pioneer Valley and Nipomo. In the 42-13 road triumph over the Panthers, Marc Martin returned from an ankle injury to rush 16 times for 166 yards and a touchdown. Ethan Hicks also chipped in five carries for 51 yards and two scores, and quarterback Tommy Carr was an efficient 8-of-10 passing for 217 yards and two scores in addition to a rushing TD. Cooper Kuhnle made the most of his three catches, racking up 109 yards and a touchdown, and Cole Mueller’s two catches for 57 yards also included a score. Hicks had a team-high eight tackles followed by Karson Block’s seven — five solo — and sophomore Logan Armstrong was 6 for 6 on extra points.
NOTE: Righetti received votes in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll. Atascadero is eighth in the Northern Division poll.
SAN LUIS OBISPO (2-5, 0-1 PAC 8) AT PASO ROBLES (7-0, 1-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: Righetti 70, San Luis Obispo 6; Paso Robles 28, Arroyo Grande 27.
What to Watch: San Luis Obispo — Junior QB Omeed Djassemi completed 10 of 17 passes for 66 yards, including a touchdown to Nate Greenelsh, and ran five times for 21 yards in the Tigers’ loss to Righetti. Greenelsh finished with five carries for 54 yards along with three catches for 40 yards. Senior Miguel Chavez led the team in rushing with 81 yards on 11 carries, and Colton Marcum added eight carries for 37 yards.
Paso Robles — Sophomore RB Christian Erickson continued to be the workhorse in the Bearcats backfield, accounting for all but two of Paso Robles’ 38 rushes in the game. He ran 36 times for 152 yards and a third-quarter touchdown that sparked 18 unanswered points by the Bearcats. Senior TE Josh Oliver was a force down the middle of the field, using his 6-foot-5 frame to haul in four passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Bailey Gaither returned a fumble 71 yards for a score and had the go-ahead two-point conversion run.
NOTE: Paso Robles is ranked first in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll.
MORRO BAY (2-5, 0-1 NL) AT TEMPLETON (6-1, 1-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: Nipomo 15, Morro Bay 14; Templeton 41, Mission Prep 34.
What to Watch: Morro Bay — The Pirates come into this rivalry matchup off a league-opening loss to Nipomo but a game in which they held the Titans to 2 rushing yards on 31 carries. Junior QB Isaac Manaputy left the game in the first half with a neck injury, but coach Jack Greer said he might be back for today’s matchup. Manaputy and senior RB Will Unks lead a rushing attack that averages just under 200 yards a game.
Templeton — The Eagles racked up 520 yards of total offense in their Northern League-opening victory over Mission Prep — the sixth straight win for Templeton following a season-opening loss to Bakersfield Christian. Nate Avery led the way with 10 rushes for 93 yards, with Bryson Messer right behind him at 11 for 88. Both also added touchdown receptions. The quarterbacking duo of Jordan Bernal and Gunnar Griffin combined to complete 7 of 20 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Avery Shannon caught two passes for 92 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown strike from Bernal. Christian Hauser added a 52-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final score of a back-and-forth game.
NOTE: Morro Bay is ranked 10th in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division poll. Templeton is seventh in the Northwest Division poll.
NIPOMO (4-3, 1-0 NL) AT SANTA MARIA (1-5, 0-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: Nipomo 15, Morro Bay 14; Santa Maria 27, Hueneme 6.
What to Watch: Nipomo — Nick Kimball caught four passes for 144 yards and two scores, including the game-winning 58-yard touchdown with 30 seconds remaining to lift the Titans over the Pirates. Kimball also kicked a 20-yard field goal in the game in addition to his 63-yard scoring reception in the first quarter. Senior QB Matt Albright finished with 239 yards on 20-of-26 passing with an interception. Chris Owens came out of the backfield to catch five passes for 28 yards, and Luke Nickelson and Brandon Hettenhouser each caught four passes for the Titans, who won after back-to-back defeats at the hands of PAC 5 foes Arroyo Grande and Atascadero. Albright has now thrown for 1,921 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 67.8 percent of his 211 pass attempts. Kimball leads the team with 23.1 yards per reception with 11 TD catches.
Santa Maria — Miguel Carlos carried the ball 20 times for 115 yards and one touchdown as the Saints scored 20 fourth-quarter points en route to winning their first game of the season. Joseph Maycott added 65 rushing yards on 12 carries, and Dominique Garrett and Isaiah Bernal both had touchdown runs. Luis Villa also returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.
NOTE: Nipomo is fifth in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division poll.