The Tribune’s Top 10 Prep Football Rankings
Team — Record — First-place votes — Points — Last week
1. Paso Robles 8-0, 2-0 PAC 5 — 4 — 67 — 1
2. Lompoc 7-0, 1-0 LPL — 3 — 65 — 1
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3. (tie) Arroyo Grande 5-2, 0-1 PAC 5 — 0 — 53 — 3
3. (tie) Atascadero 6-1, 1-0 PAC 5 — 0 — 53 — 4
5. Nipomo 5-3, 2-0 NL — 0 — 39 — 7
6. Righetti 4-3, 1-1 PAC 5 — 0 — 38 — 5
7. (tie) Templeton 6-2, 1-1 NL — 0 — 21 — 6
7. (tie) St. Joseph 4-3, 1-0 LPL — 0 — 21 — 8
9. Morro Bay 3-5, 1-1 NL — 0 — 15 — NR
10. Pioneer Valley 3-4, 1-1 LPL — 0 — 7 — 10
Others receiving votes: Mission Prep — 3-4, 0-1 NL — 6
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), Tom Sepulveda (The Tribune), Alex J. Jankowski (The Tribune).
A look at this week's matchups:
RIGHETTI (4-3, 1-1 PAC 5) AT ARROYO GRANDE (5-2, 0-1), 7 P.M.
Last week: Atascadero 35, Righetti 21; Arroyo Grande BYE.
What to Watch: Righetti — Warriors wideout Steven Spadarotto was a one-man wrecking crew in last week’s loss to Atascadero. Spadarotto caught 22 passes for 246 yards, including a pair of touchdown grabs. Eli Wilkinson led the team in rushing with 52 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Arroyo Grande — The Eagles enter tonight’s matching coming off a bye week following a tough 28-27 loss at Paso Robles in their PAC 5 opener. The outcome overshadowed a strong game on the ground from running backs Jordan Harrigan and Alex Cecchi. Harrigan did most of his damage in the first half, finishing with 80 yards and a 7-yard TD on 15 carries. Cecchi scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter before taking over in the second half, including an 80-yard score in the third quarter. Cecchi finished with 19 carries for a game-high 167 yards.
NOTE: Righetti received votes in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll. Arroyo Grande is eighth in the Northern Division poll.
ATASCADERO (6-1, 1-0 PAC 5) AT SAN LUIS OBISPO (2-6, 0-2), 7 P.M.
Last week: Atascadero 35, Righetti 21; Paso Robles 63, San Luis Obispo 14.
What to Watch: Atascadero — Junior RB Marc Martin turned in a career day for the Greyhounds in the win over Righetti, rushing 24 times for 258 yards and two TDs, including a 7-yard insurance score with five minutes remaining. Nick Ducasse added seven rushes for 83 yards, including a 60-yard scoring scamper to open the second half.
San Luis Obispo — Wideout Dante Campellano caught three passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ loss to Paso Robles. Campellano scored on receptions of 19 and 80 yards from quarterback Omeed Djassemi. Djassemi was the team’s leading rusher in the game with 37 yards, followed by Miguel Chavez’s 36 and Nate Greenelsh’s 32.
NOTE: Atascadero is ranked seventh in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll.
NIPOMO (5-3, 2-0 NL) AT MISSION PREP (3-4, 0-1), 7 P.M.
Last week: Nipomo 52, Santa Maria 15; Mission Prep BYE.
What to Watch: Nipomo — The Titans led 39-7 at halftime before they were able to play all of their backups in the win over the Saints. Quarterback Matt Albright was an efficient 12-of-16 passing for 265 yards with touchdown tosses to Nick Kimball, Harrison Labastida and Chris Owens. Owens added 90 yards on the ground on six carries, including a 53-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Clem Ramiscall took an interception 56 yards for a score shortly after, marking the third TD of 50 or more yards in the opening frame.
Mission Prep — The Royals enter their second Northern League game of the year off a bye following a 41-34 loss two weeks ago to Templeton. Patrick Miller caught 14 passes for 163 yards in the back-and-forth defeat, including a 54-yard touchdown from quarterback Bryce Fledderman in the third quarter. Carson Brown added two scores on three catches for 96 yards, and Jack Balentine was the leading rusher with 70 yards on 16 carries.
NOTE: Nipomo is ranked fifth in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division poll.
SANTA MARIA (1-6, 0-1 NL) AT MORRO BAY (3-5, 1-1), 7 P.M.
Last week: Nipomo 52, Santa Maria 15; Morro Bay 23, Templeton 22.
What to Watch: Santa Maria — The Saints enjoyed their first win of the season two weeks ago at Hueneme, but didn’t stand much of a chance in their Northern League opener against Nipomo. Miguel Carlos had a 14-yard touchdown run in the loss, and Isaiah Bernal connected with James Wellington for a 26-yard score late in the fourth quarter when both teams were playing their backups. Joseph Maycotte was Santa Maria’s leading rusher with 10 carries for 55 yards.
Morro Bay — Quarterback Isaac Manaputy, who was questionable with a neck injury, finished with a game-high 108 rushing yards on 23 carries in the last-second victory over Templeton. Senior running backs Jordan Liberatore and Will Unks combined for 93 more rushing yards, with Unks scoring on a pair of short-yardage run. Manaputy also kicked a 20-yard field goal and made two of three extra points. Elijah Garcia, who leads the team with four interceptions, blocked a potential go-ahead field goal by the Eagles with eight seconds to play to seal the victory.
NOTE: Morro Bay is ranked eighth in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division poll.
MARICOPA (1-5, 0-1 CVL) AT COAST UNION (1-5, 1-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: East Valley 50, Maricopa 8; Coast Union BYE.
What to Watch: Maricopa — The Indians’ lone win this season was a 68-6 triumph at home on Sept. 26 against Faith Christian. Maricopa has scored just 54 points in its other five games combined in losses to Northwest Christian, Riverdale Christian, Hillcrest Christian, East Valley and Cuyama Valley in its Coast Valley League opener. No individual statistics were available.
Coast Union — The Broncos enter tonight’s game off a bye following a 69-12 triumph over Valley Christian Academy to get into the win column for the first time this season and tie Cuyama Valley atop the CVL standings. Binh Trieu ran 21 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and the Broncos also got rushing scores from Lane Sutherland, Alexis Miereles, Eric Robbins, and Juan Carlos Fernandez. Tommy Moreno added three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown as Coast Union led 42-0 at halftime.