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Nipomo earns share of Ocean League title with win over Pioneer Valley

Nipomo High School football faces Pioneer Valley.
Nipomo High School football faces Pioneer Valley. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A missed extra point proved to be the difference in a showdown between the Ocean League’s two undefeated teams Friday night.

The Nipomo High School football team earned at least a share of the inaugural league title with a 14-13 win over Pioneer Valley in Santa Maria.

“It’s a great feeling,” Nipomo head coach Tony Dodge said. “We didn’t play very well at all, but we still won. It was a good sign of our character.”

Nipomo quarterback Brayden Groshart scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to James Porter.

The Titans (7-2, 4-0) missed a field goal with a 1:40 remaining, and held Pioneer Valley (5-4, 3-1) to a four-and-out to close the game.

Nipomo also had a sack and forced a fumble with 4 minutes remaining.

The Titans will play host to Templeton (3-5, 2-2) in a game that will decide if Nipomo will own sole possession of the title next week.

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