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Friday Prep Football Previews

Arroyo Grande High's Matthew Sill is tackled for a loss by Camariloo's Ryan Muscarella
Arroyo Grande High's Matthew Sill is tackled for a loss by Camariloo's Ryan Muscarella dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

ALL GAMES ARE 7 p.m.

Cabrillo (0-4, 0-1) at Templeton (4-0, 0-0) Last week: Bishop Diego 36, Cabrillo 6; Templeton 60, San Luis Obispo 21

Although there will be a football game played Friday night, it will be more about Isaac Lindsey than who wins or loses. Last week, Lindsey suffered a traumatic head injury in a win against San Luis Obispo and has spent the past week in and out of a medically induced coma in critical condition. Support for the family has poured in from all over the Central Coast community. While specifics aren’t known at this time, Templeton High is planning on honoring their fallen teammate before the game begins. Shirts bearing his No. 32 will be sold to help raise money to cover medical costs. Lindsey’s family is expected to be in attendance, and it promises to be an emotional affair. As for football, Templeton has been rolling thanks in part to the strong play of quarterback Jordan Bernal and running back Michael Capelli. Expect the Eagles to play to honor Lindsey and keep their undefeated record.

Atascadero (2-1, 0-0) at Nipomo (2-2, 0-0) Last week: St. Francis 20, Atascadero 0; Santa Ynez 14, Nipomo 10

Atascadero was shut out last week, but coach Vic Cooper was encouraged by what he saw from his team. The start time for the Greyhounds game was pushed back due to the scorching Bay Area heat, but the defense battled through cramping issues and held strong against a highly ranked St. Francis team. The Lancers were able to shut down the Atascadero offense, holding them to just 170 yards in total offense. The rushing attack led by Marc Martin and R.J. Reusche won’t be held to 120 combined yards this week, but Nipomo’s defense has been a strength all season long. With a solid middle in the form of defensive tackle David Leon and linebacker Terry Wambolt, the Titans have given up an average of 14 points per game. The problem for Nipomo has been scoring points on offense. Atascadero has a slight advantage in this matchup due to its balance on both sides of the ball.

Nordoff (0-4, 0-0) at Paso Robles (1-3, 0-0) Last week: North 49, Nordoff 0; St. Joseph 49, Paso Robles 31

It’s been a rough year so far for Paso Robles, but this week offers a “get-right” game in the friendly confines of Flamson Middle. Nordoff has scored a total of 15 points in three games and is likely a welcome sight after St. Joseph’s put up 49 on the Bearcats last week. The lone bright spot for Paso Robles this season is the play of running back Christian Erickson. The junior running back had another incredible performance last week, racking up 340 yards on 40 carries and scoring two touchdowns. Erickson has rushed for over 130 yards in each of the Bearcats four games this season and has rushed for seven touchdowns.

St. Joseph (4-0, 0-0) at Arroyo Grande (3-1, 0-0) Last week: St. Joseph 49, Paso Robles 31; Arroyo Grande 42, Pioneer Valley 10

This is without a doubt the game of the week. It’s a game that pairs two of the best teams in the area against each other, and promises to be exciting. The Eagles face a big test against the accurate arm and quick feet of St. Joseph quarterback Blake Jaeckels. The senior dual-threat has completed more than 70 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and run for nearly 60 yards per game on the ground and rushed for three touchdowns. Last week, Jaeckels completed six passes, three of which went for touchdowns. He also gained 71 yards on the ground and had a touchdown against the Bearcats. Arroyo Grande had success with its run-first approach last week, but the Eagles need to get back to the balanced offensive attack that got them a win over Lompoc to open the season. The last time Arroyo Grande played at home, they lost to a Camarillo team led by an equally skilled passer in Jake Constantine. Will it be deja vu all over again?

Morro Bay (0-4, 0-0) at San Luis Obispo (0-4, 0-0) Last week: Lompoc 64, Morro Bay 0; Templeton 62, San Luis Obispo 21

One thing is for sure — someone will no longer be winless after Friday night. San Luis Obispo, led by senior quarterback Omeed Djassemi and sophomore running back Pierson Mosichuk scored 21 points in the first half last week against Templeton before going cold in the second half. Djassemi had 279 yards passing and three touchdowns in the loss. Mosichuk had 105 yards on 24 carries, all of which came in the first half. Add in the strong play of the leading wide receiver in the PAC 5, Delvon Jack, and San Luis Obispo are the favorites heading into the game. Morro Bay’s quarterback Isaac Manuputy, who has been nursing a foot injury, will need to play his best game of the season if the Pirates want to pull out the win.

Sierra Canyon (4-0, 0-0) at Mission Prep (3-0, 0-0) Last week: Sierra Canyon 59, Viewpoint 13; Mission Prep 36, St. Anthony 20

Mission Prep quarterback Bryce Fledderman finally had the breakout week head coach Chad Henry was looking for. Fledderman had nearly 300 yards passing and three touchdowns in the win over St. Anthony. If Fledderman can continue to play well this week and junior running back Brayden Corona can keep churning out 100-yard games, the Royals could move to 4-0. But Sierra Canyon might be the best team Mission Prep has played this season. The Trailblazers have been putting up points in bunches this season led by quarterback Niko Harris. The junior passer has 14 passing touchdowns and only one interception for an offense that has averaged 52 points per game. There’s no doubt that Sierra Canyon will look to push the ball down the field and challenge the young Mission Prep cornerbacks.

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