The Paso Robles High football team beat Morro Bay on the road 49-0 on Friday night.
The Pirates, who only dressed 19 players, were down to 17 by games end, but continued to fight despite the score.
Player of the Game: Christian Erickson had scoring runs of 23 and 81 yards for the Bearcats, along with several other bruising runs. Erickson scored the 81-yard touchdown on Paso Robles' second play from scrimmage and only played the first half.
Key Stats: All seven of the Bearcats' touchdowns came on the ground. The rushing attack has been Paso Robles' bread and butter this season and in this game it was no different. When the passing game struggled, the Bearcats could seemingly always fall back on the ground game to get a first down.
Loss of Manuputy: Morro Bay quarterback Isaac Manuputy was knocked out of the game for the second half after re-aggravating the foot injury that has plagued him this season.
Manuputy showed his dynamic playmaking ability early, taking the opening play for the Pirates 35 yards on a sweep. Without Manuputy, the offense stalled for a few drives before finding their rhythm. The Pirates final drive, where they had their most success moving the ball, was cut short by the end of the game.
"The boys played hard," Morro Bay coach David Kelley said, "They gave up a lot of yardage and a lot of points, but they played very hard. They never quit. I'm proud of them."
What it means: Morro Bay (0-6), opens league play next week at a home against Nipomo.
The Bearcats (3-3) face a test as well, taking on Arroyo Grande. Paso Robles' backups got valuable playing time in the second half, which may be key as the season progresses.