Tanner Thompson and the Atascadero High football team ran over Pioneer Valley 54-0 on Friday in Santa Maria to set up a crucial PAC 7 league showdown next Friday against Paso Robles.
Thompson, on only nine carries, amassed 177 yards and four touchdowns. He also made two catches for 57 yards, including a 49-yard pass from Jesse Whitten. He had two big scoring runs on the night of 76 and 61 yards. But his 76-yarder was not even the longest of the game for the Greyhounds (8-1, 3-1).
Deonte Barnes, who opened the game with an 85-yard kickoff return, had a 96-yard touchdown run after a Greyhounds’ goal-line stand. He finished with 103 yards on five carries.
Whitten was 7-of-9 passing for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Lucas Allen, who is also the team’s starting kicker, broke his leg after he was tackled on a long punt return that a penalty nullified.
St. Joseph 35, San Luis Obispo 0
The Tigers’ playoff hopes took a serious hit in a shutout loss in Santa Maria.
Erick Cordova led San Luis Obispo (4-5, 2-3 PAC 7) with 10 carries for 85 yards. The Tigers compiled 329 yards of total offense but were unable to score.
Nick Butier added 56 yards on nine carries, and Anthony Maez was 11-of-22 passing for 123 yards.
Trevor MacLeod made three catches for 63 yards, while Mason Orradre had five for 40 yards.
The Tigers would likely need to knock off Arroyo Grande next week and get some help elsewhere to earn an at-large playoff spot.
St. Joseph improved to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the PAC 7.
Lompoc 42, Nipomo 14
In a game that matched the top team in the Los Padres League against the bottom, the first-place Braves (6-3, 4-1) won as expected, but Nipomo (0-5, 0-9) made a game of it despite starting a fourth-string quarterback and missing its best offensive player.
Senior quarterback Nolan Maddox, the fourth Titan to start at quarterback on the year, started just his second varsity game in place of injured playmaker Devonte Jackson and kept the Titans close for two quarters.
Lompoc jumped out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs of 40 and 22 yards by running back Marcel Blow.
Then, Maddox threw the first touchdown pass of his career on a 68-yard strike to Micah Debruno.
Lompoc answered with a Willie Iribarren 1-yard touchdown run, but Nipomo’s Juan Rodriguez answered with a touchdown run from 22 yards out to bring the score back within seven, 21-14 before the Braves ran off 21 unanswered points.
El Cajon Christian 48, Mission Prep 26
Just one week after Mission Prep (5-4) upset Nipomo, the Royals fell to the Patriots and running back Tyrone Sauls.
“He is a D-I prospect, that’s how it goes sometimes,” Mission Prep coach Chad Henry said. “We couldn’t tackle him, he was like a train.”
Sauls had all of his team’s seven touchdowns, scoring three from 35 yards or longer. He finished with 353 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Tranquillity 29, Coast Union 15
Coast Union lost a nonleague game against Tranquillity.
The Broncos (3-6) got scoring runs from Omar Catalan (12 yards) and Andrew Gordon (49 yards), but the Tigers (3-6) ran away with the game in the third quarter.
Coast Union went into the half down just 14-8 but were outscored 15-7 in the third quarter.
Gordon led the Broncos with 106 yards rushing on 19 attempts.