The Atascadero High football team beat Nipomo 27-16 in a nonconference game Friday night.
The Greyhounds overpowered the Titans with run after run, with three of their four touchdowns coming on the ground.
"Our defense is playing at a level that is keeping us in games and on offense we'll get healthy as the weeks go on," Atascadero coach Vic Cooper said. "The (Titans) came out and played a great gameplan and put our backs up against the wall; our kids responded when it mattered."
Player of the Game: The Titans defense. Nipomo entered the game allowing only 14 points per game and kept the Titans in the game while the offense struggled. Nipomo's defense made it hard for Atascadero to get any rhythm offensively, stifling running lanes. Clemente Ramiscal intercepted a pass in the first quarter, returning it 65 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6. Linebacker Terry Wambolt had a blocked punt that he returned 54 yards for a touchdown to give Nipomo a 16-13 lead in the third quarter.
Key Stats: Despite Nipomo's defensive effort, the two rushing touchdowns by Marc Martin came on long drives which tired out the Nipomo defense, in turn creating more holes for himself and battery mate RJ Reusche.
Turning Point: With nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds had the ball and proceeded to drain the clock. Not only did this tire the smaller Titan defense, but it resulted in a Reusche touchdown with 4:37 left in the game.
What it means: Atascadero redeems itself after a shutout loss last week, and improves to 3-1. The Titans (2-3) got a tune up for Northern League play and were able to gauge how they match up against the Pac 5.