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Prep football preview: A look at this week's matchups

ALL GAMES ARE 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted

Paso Robles (1-2,0-0) at St. Joseph (3-0, 0-0)

Last week: Paso Robles 35, Cabrillo 0; St. Joseph 34, Sacred Heart Cathedral 6

Paso Robles got its first win of the season last week against after dropping the first two games of the season, but the Bearcats will face their stiffest test of the season this week in Santa Maria. Paso Robles quarterback Justin Davis played like the 2014 version of himself against Cabrillo, throwing his first two touchdowns of the season and completing 14 of 19 passes. Paso Robles running back Christian Erickson kept chugging along to the tune of 15 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns after failing to reach the end zone in the previous week’s loss to Camarillo. Erickson has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season. The Bearcats go against a stiff St. Joseph defense that has allowed 11 points per game. St. Joseph quarterback Blake Jaeckels has averaged 242 yards passing per game and has seven touchdowns this season.

Arroyo Grande (2-1, 0-0) at Pioneer Valley (1-1, 0-0)

Last week: Camarillo 27, Arroyo Grande 13; Pioneer Valley, BYE

Arroyo Grande suffered its first loss of the season to a talented Camarillo team last week. The Eagles’ explosive offense was held to just three points in the second half, while Eagles quarterback Sawyer May was sacked six times. Pioneer Valley lost to Nipomo to open the season and won its next game against San Luis Obispo before the bye. The Panthers have a solid defense that has given up 14.5 points per game, but look for Arroyo Grande coach Tom Goossen to open up the playbook for May and get Bradley Mickey more touches in the passing and running game. Mickey had nine carries for 51 yards against Camarillo last week. Senior linebacker/running back Joey DeLaRosa sat out last week with a foot injury. His status for this week's game is up in the air.

San Luis Obispo (0-3, 0-0) at Templeton (3-0, 0-0)

Last week: Oxnard 42, San Luis Obispo 0; Templeton 33, Santa Paula 13

If San Luis Obispo can pull out a win on the road, it would be a major upset. The Tigers have failed to move the ball on offense and face a tough test against the Eagles’ defense this week. Templeton’s leading tackler, Clint Howland, will be a game-time decision after suffering a back injury in last week’s win over Santa Paula. Look for Eagles quarterback Jordan Bernal to attack the Tigers’ secondary and for big-play wide receiver Jaret Butz to get plenty of targets. Butz has six catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns this season. Tigers coach Pat Johnston says he’s been encouraged by the development of sophomore running back Pierson Mosichuk, who is coming off a 24-carry, 90-yard game. Tigers quarterback Omeed Djassemi will face a solid Eagles secondary featuring Brandon Bracy, who leads the Northern League in interceptions with four.

Lompoc (2-1, 0-0) at Morro Bay (0-3, 0-0)

Last week: Lompoc 63, Nordhoff 0; Kern Valley 24, Morro Bay 18

In a game between two teams that love to run the football, Lompoc has a distinct advantage thanks to run-first quarterback Torey Sims and sophomore sensation Toa Taua. Lompoc’s only loss was on the road to Arroyo Grande to open the season. Since then, the Braves have looked good in wins against Nordhoff and Nipomo. Aside from a blowout loss to Atascadero, Morro Bay has played tight games on the way to 0-3, including holding a halftime lead last week against Kern Valley. Pirates quarterback Isaac Manuputy, who played last week, is still dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of the game against the Greyhounds. Manuputy had 104 rushing yards on 18 attempts and 85 passing yards and a touchdown last week. The Pirates’ defense will also have to contend with running back Chris Green, who had 68 yards on just four carries and a touchdown against Nordhoff.

St. Anthony (1-1, 0-0) at Mission Prep (2-0, 0-0)

Last week: Woodrow Wilson 54, St. Anthony 39; Mission Prep 35, Crean Lutheran 14

Both of these teams can fill it up on offense. Through two games, St. Anthony has averaged 36 points per game, while Mission Prep averaged 29. The Royals have done most of their damage on the ground. Brayden Corona has games of 211 and 165 yards this season and has scored five touchdowns. St. Anthony does its damage through the air. The Long Beach-based Saints are led by quarterback Jake Graham, who threw an incredible 71 times for 433 yards, six touchdowns and five inter-ceptions in last week’s loss. Mission Prep coach Chad Henry will look to get quarterback Bryce Fledderman back on track after a slow start to the season. Fledderman was 7 of 14 for 78 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Nipomo (2-1, 0-0) at Santa Ynez (3-0, 0-0)

Last week: Nipomo 31, Carpinteria 12; Santa Ynez 35, Dos Pueblos 28

On paper, this is the most evenly matched game of the week. Nipomo, whose only loss was a 18-13 loss to Lompoc, has played well defensively, giving up an average of just over 14 points per contest. The Titans will face a stiff test against the high-powered Pirates, led by quarterback Tanner Shean and running back Austin Vreeland. Shean is second in the Los Padres league in passing yards (451) and is coming off a 16-of-22, 221-yard, one-touchdown game. Vreeland leads with the LPL in rushing yards (263) and total points (38) after running for six touchdowns. Nipomo quarterback Gavin Hall leads the Northern League in passing yards with 375 and has scored seven total touchdowns in three games. Running back Antonio Navarro, who was expected to be the featured back this season, will return to the field after being suspended for the first three games.

Atascadero (2-0, 0-0) at St. Francis (2-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Atascadero 26, Stockdale 23; St. Francis 28, Palma 14

Atascadero survived a tough road test last week in the heat of the Central Valley. Atas-cadero coach Vic Cooper learned a lot about his team, including who is best suited to be its starting quarterback. Cooper said junior Carson Rinkenberger will take the snaps after an 8-for-12, 114-yard performance that included three touchdowns. Atascadero running back R.J. Reusche had 19 carries for 148 yards on the ground and scored on a touchdown pass from Rinkenberger. The Lancers of Mountain View, who are ranked No. 52 in the state by MaxPreps, have a balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Kamalii Akina and running back Lutoviko Ahoia.

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