So far this season, it hasn’t mattered whether Seth Jacobs or Brent Vanderveen is in at quarterback for the Arroyo Grande High football team.
For the third straight week, the two juniors rotated every other series, each of them keeping the offense rolling — this time to a 32-0 first-half lead over Templeton on the way to a 39-0 win at Doug Hitchen Stadium on Friday night.
“This crew has put their ego aside, and they’ve dedicated themselves to the team,” Arroyo Grande coach Tom Goossen said. “It’s early, and we still have a lot to prove, but it’s been very heartening for all of us as coaches to see this team come together like that.”
Jacobs went 3-of-4 passing for 51 yards Friday and ran for 39 yards and two touchdowns on five keepers.
“We both bring something different to the table,” said Jacobs, also a heralded college prospect at safety.
Jacobs added that the unorthodox pattern of substituting is also a positive in that it only helps him rest for his defensive duties.
Not to be outdone, the 6-foot-5 Vanderveen completed 4 of 6 passes for 115 yards and a score.
“We’re good friends,” Vanderveen said of himself and Jacobs. “We’re just playing like a team. Everyone’s filling their roles, and it’s fun out there.”
It was also of little consequence exactly whom was taking handoffs for Arroyo Grande (3-0), as Christian Crichton compiled 101 yards on 15 attempts, and Ciaran Costa racked up 75 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
“We have tremendous depth,” Jacobs said. “At any given moment, we can use any play with any player.”
Even 6-foot-4 receiver L.T. Johnson — who caught two passes for 105 yards and a touchdown — got into the act in the ground game, rushing for 59 yards on a pair of reverses.
Defensively, Johnson, Gabe Castagna DeLeon, Garrett Coleman, Derek Johnson and Mark Moreno each intercepted a pass.
Kicker Garrett Owens had a 37-yard field goal and booted five touchbacks in just more than a half’s worth of work.
Arroyo Grande, which didn’t punt until 10:03 remained in the fourth quarter, carved out a 459-169 advantage in total offense.
It was the third straight week facing a smaller Los Padres League foe for Arroyo Grande, which entered the week ranked No. 6 in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division poll.
Templeton (2-1) has the smallest enrollment of the bunch, at about 800 students — roughly 1,400 fewer than Arroyo Grande. Friday’s game is believed to be the first-ever encounter between the two programs, each of which uses Eagles as a mascot.
Templeton, which will host Righetti next week (the first time in school history facing PAC 7 opponents in back-to-back weeks), has Northwest Division title aspirations, having entered Friday ranked No. 1 in that division for three weeks in a row.
Templeton, which features one of the area’s loftiest-regarded college recruits in senior linebacker Tyler Gray, came into the week giving up just three points per game.
Running back Kory Dearie led Templeton offensively, catching four passes for 76 yards and rushing for 22 yards on six carries. Ross Berry had a sack in the loss.
Arroyo Grande, which routed Nipomo 45-6 a week ago, will take on a fourth straight LPL squad when it visits Cabrillo next week, before opening league play Oct. 1 by hosting Atascadero — a fellow likely contender in the PAC 7.
“We know that there’s a tough road ahead of us,” Goossen said. “We have to learn that it’s not going to be 39-to-nothing every week, so we have to do the little things to continue to improve.”