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Arroyo Grande football team looks to take next playoff step against Antelope Valley

Arroyo Grande High running back Bradley Mickey rips off a long run against Atascadero on Oct. 30.
Arroyo Grande High running back Bradley Mickey rips off a long run against Atascadero on Oct. 30. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The No. 2 seed Arroyo Grande High football team will look to extend their eight-game winning streak when they travel to Lancaster to take on Antelope Valley in the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Last Friday in the first round, Arroyo Grande got off to a slow start and led Royal 17-13 at halftime before scoring four touchdowns in the second half to win 45-21. Arroyo Grande running back Bradley Mickey led an Eagles rushing attack that gained 567 yards with a 223-yard, two touchdown performance. Arroyo Grande’s Alex Cecchi added 193 more yards and four touchdowns.

While quarterback Sawyer May thrived in the offense all season, in the past few weeks the Eagles have started to rely more on their bread and butter: running the rock. Fifty-eight of the 70 plays run by Arroyo Grande last week were runs, a number that probably won’t change much this week. The Arroyo Grande defense, which has been dominant, did give up 21 points, the most points given up by the defense since a 27-13 loss to Camarillo in the third game of the season.

This week, the No. 2 seeded Eagles take their run game south to face an Antelope Valley team that ranks No. 11 in the Southern Section Northern Division, according to MaxPreps.com. Antelope Valley finished second in the Golden League behind Palmdale with a 6-1 record behind the accurate arm of quarterback Morrell Osling III. The junior, dual-threat thrower has passed for 21 touchdowns this season and run for six more, while throwing just three interceptions. In the Antelopes’ first-round 53-7 playoff win over Carpinteria, Osling III ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.

The winner of Friday night’s game will take on the winner of the game between Lompoc and Thousand Oaks in the semifinals.

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