For the second time in less than a year, the Paso Robles High School football team is dealing with issues involving its head coach.
J.R. Reynolds — who was named interim head coach after Larry Grant left the team under murky circumstances — is now tasked with bringing some order to a team in need of something positive.
But getting a much-need win Friday at War Memorial will be difficult as Paso Robles (0-1) welcomes McClymonds (2-0), the No. 1-ranked team in the tiny Oakland Section. Last year, a more talented Paso Robles team pulled off a dramatic 48-44 win over McClymonds, which went on to win the Division 5A CIF State Championship.
McClymonds again looks to have a potent offense that has scored 56 and 30 points, respectively, in the season’s first two games. They are led by junior running back Jamar Julien Jr., who rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns to open the season.
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Paso Robles lost its home opener and had an unexpected bye last week after extreme temperatures forced the cancellation of a game against Frontier. Reynolds, who is also the offensive coordinator, will look to get the offense on track after scoring just seven points against Lemoore. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Atascadero at Stockdale, 7:30 p.m.
The Greyhounds (1-1) are coming off a 49-0 loss to Ventura and are dealing with a host of injuries at key positions. Now they will face Stockdale (0-1), a team ranked No. 2 in Central Section Division 2.
Templeton at Kern Valley (Lake Isabella), 7 p.m.
Templeton’s starting quarterback Morgan Scovell was injured last week in a 55-20 loss to Strathmore. Senior Zack Hewitson replaced Scovell and played well, throwing for 182 yards and two touchdowns. It’s not clear who will start this week in a winnable game against Kern Valley (1-0).
Morro Bay at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.
Morro Bay (0-2) quarterback Aidan Moriarty sat out last week with an injury, but he will be back this week, according to head coach David Kelley, against Carpinteria (0-1), a team that has yet to score this season. Moriarty will have the support of senior running back Myles Minnis who is playing well so far in two defeats. He rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns in a loss against San Marcos last week.
Arroyo Grande at Independence (Bakersfield), 7 p.m.
Arroyo Grande’s rough start continued last week with a 42-14 loss to Bishop Diego. Arroyo Grande (0-2) will look for its first win of the season against Independence (1-0), a team the Eagles beat 45-13 last season.
Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) at Nipomo, 7 p.m.
Nipomo (0-2), a team coming off a loss to top-ranked Lompoc, continues its tough nonleague season by hosting Bishop Diego (2-0), a team led by senior running back John Harris, who is averaging 150 yards rushing per game.
Coast Union at Mission Prep, 7 p.m.
The Royals’ (1-0) power running game led by sophomore Vance Rocha welcomes SLO County rival Coast Union (0-1) and senior running back Riley Kennedy.