High School Sports

Atascadero shut out by tough St. Francis squad in football

Atascadero High was shut out in its first loss of the season Friday night in a road game against a highly ranked St. Francis team, 20-0.

Greyhounds coach Vic Cooper said an offense that couldn’t get going and a pair of special teams mistakes led to the loss.

The Lancers scored on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone and a bobbled Greyhounds punt attempt in the red-zone set St. Francis up on a short field for another touchdown.

“I thought our defense was outstanding,” Cooper said. “But I think the coaches didn’t do a good enough job to prepare the team for the things they ended up doing.”

The Greyhounds (2-1) were without starting guard Kevin Blodget who hurt his knee in last week's win over Stockdale. Blodget is expected to be out a couple weeks, according to Cooper.

“I’m not overly disappointed in the way our team played,” Cooper said. “If we cleaned up some of those special teams mistakes we could have come out of there with a win.”

Atascadero is on the road again next week against Nipomo.