The Paso Robles High School football team beat Lemoore 35-10 in its season opener Friday, allowing only one touchdown in the first quarter.
Lemoore struck first, scoring on a 7-yard pass from Jacobb Taylor to Joseph Homan.
The Bearcats responded right away, with quarterback Steven Schouten connecting with running back Christian Erickson for a 66-yard touchdown, one of six plays over 50 yards for the offense. Erickson had another touchdown in the second quarter, this time on the ground from 5 yards out. Lemoore tacked on a field goal before backup running back Elijah Palomino scored a 4-yard touchdown to close out the first half.
Schouten scored on a sneak from a yard out in the third quarter and threw a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth to Nolan Binkele. Steven Schouten finished the game 8-of-17 for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Erickson was a handful all night, according to the Hanford Sentinel, with 52 yards rushing and 75 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Erickson also had an interception in the game.
Paso Robles will play host to Frontier of Bakersfield next week at 7 p.m.
Pioneer Valley 35, Nipomo 21
Nipomo’s defense struggled to get stops against Pioneer Valley on Friday night and eventually fell to the Panthers, 35-21.
“We played really well on first and second down,” Nipomo head coach Tony Dodge said. “But we just couldn’t stop them on third down.”
The Titans fell behind 25-7 at halftime and couldn’t climb back into the game.
When Nipomo did claw back to make it 28-14, a muffed punt by Nipomo senior wide receiver JJ Ramirez led to a turnover and ended the comeback attempt.
Despite the loss, Dodge was encouraged by the play of junior quarterback Nick Robledo, who made his first start on the varsity team after leading the junior varsity team last season. He finished the game 16-of-26 for 145 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Robledo will be the quarterback moving forward, Dodge said. Spencer Pool had competed for the job during the offseason.
Dodge said Isaac Bausley was the player of the game on defense after racking up 15 tackles but was unhappy with the play of the defensive line that gave up 186 yards to Pioneer Valley’s backup running back Emmanuel Alcantar.
“We are still trying to figure out our best guys,” Dodge said of the D-line.
Running back Micheal Jordan broke the 100-yard mark for Nipomo on the ground with a touchdown.
Nipomo has another difficult test at home next week against Lompoc, a team that defeated Arroyo Grande 28-14 on Friday night.
Santa Maria 15, San Luis Obispo 12
San Luis Obispo dropped its opener 15-12 to Santa Maria on Friday.
Pierson Mosichuk had 132 yards, and Javon Montgomery and William Meinhold each added 41 yards rushing for the Tigers. Meinhold, who rushed for a touchdown, threw another to Tegan Rawlins.
“We missed opportunities for some big plays,” coach Pat Johnston said.
San Luis Obispo next plays host to Pioneer Valley on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Hesperia Christian 74, Coast Union 0
Coast Union was overwhelmed in its season opener by Hesperia Christian of Los Angeles.
Anthony Stonehill paced the Broncos on offense, picking up 96 yards on 12 carries
“It got away from us sadly,” Coast Union head coach Thom Holt said.
Coast Union next plays at Fresno Christian on Friday.
Other area scores:
Bishop Diego 21, Righetti 0
St. Joseph 35, Notre Dame 21
Santa Ynez 52, San Marcos 0
Frontier 42, Cabrillo 6