Behind Deontae Barnes’ two-touchdown game, Atascadero High’s football team shut out Pioneer Valley 14-0 on Friday night, to surpass the Panthers in the conference standings.
The Greyhounds (6-3, 3-2 PAC 7) seized an early lead in the third minute of the game with a 47-yard pass from quarterback Robert Berwick to Logan Sprouse that set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Barnes.
Despite having the ball on Pioneer Valley’s 1-yard line on its second possession, the Panthers held the Greyhounds lead at seven after recovering a fumble on a bad pitch to Barnes.
And Atascadero’s defense kept Pioneer Valley out of the end zone. The Greyhounds forced Panthers quarterback Jason Espinoza to complete just 6 of 17 passes, including two interceptions.
With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Greyhounds solidified their victory when Barnes broke through the Panthers’ defensive line and scored his second touchdown of the game on a 23-yard run.
Barnes finished with 127 rushing yards on 20 attempts, and Berwick completed 9 of 13 passes for 80 yards.