High School Sports

PAC 7 gets third team in section football playoffs

The PAC 7 got its wildcard.

As expected, the Western Division league based in San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties received one more than the two automatic berths in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, and those two automatic teams will be hosting first-round games on Friday.

Arroyo Grande (8-2), which sewed up third place in the PAC 7 with a 42-6 win over rival San Luis Obispo on Friday, received an at-large bid and will travel to Pacific View champion Rio Mesa (6-4) in Oxnard this week.

PAC 7 champion Paso Robles (8-2) and runner-up Atascadero (8-2), which each clinched playoff spots in Week 9, will both host this upcoming Friday. All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Bearcats will take on Oxnard (8-2), a Pacific View at-large team, and in a battle of second-place teams, the Greyhounds will play Ventura (6-4), which was the runner-up in the Channel League.

There was speculation that the PAC 7 could get a fourth team in because of the strength of the league — the fifth-place Tigers (4-6) have a non-league win over Channel League champion Dos Pueblos (7-3) — but fourth-place PAC 7 finisher Righetti (6-4) was left out.

None of the four Santa Maria schools made the playoffs this season, and the only northern Santa Barbara County school to earn a playoff berth was Los Padres League champion Lompoc.

The LPL, which received four bids to the Northwest Division bracket, also sends Templeton (6-4) and Morro Bay (5-5) to the 16-team bracket.

The Pirates, who finished second in the LPL, will host Mary Star (4-6), which finished third in Del Rey league play.

The Eagles will have a tough task in their opening matchup. Templeton travels to Torrance to take on Bishop Montgomery (9-1), the Del Ray champion that features senior running back Nolan Plummer.

Plummer ranks seventh in the state in rushing yards (2,017) and 18th in rushing touchdowns (24), according to MaxPreps.com.