Atascadero High’s football team had its season ended in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs with a 37-19 loss to Chaminade of West Hills on Friday.
Atascadero found itself down 21-6 without the ball as the clocked ticked down in the first half before Troy Norris put his team back in the game with one play.
The senior defensive back is best known for his school-record eight interceptions, but this time he scored on a 75-yard fumble return with just 1:07 left in the half to pull the Greyhounds within 21-13.
Riding the momentum out of the half, Atascadero scored another touchdown on a 33-yard completion from Jesse Witten to Logan Sprouse and had a chance to tie the score at 21, but the two-point conversion pass failed.
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From there, Chaminade (12-1) showed why Maxpreps.com has it ranked 29th in the state.
The Eagles reeled off 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter on the back of their powerful running game to pull away.
Chaminade’s Terrell Newby scored four touchdowns in the game, and Atascadero (9-4) wasn’t able to answer with its own ground-heavy attack.
South Torrance 33, Morro Bay 12
Winning the turnover battle is key to success in any football game, and in the playoffs against bigger and faster teams, ball control takes on an even greater importance.
Morro Bay knew the lesson, it just couldn’t execute.
Down 19-6 at the half to South Torrance (11-1) in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division playoffs, Sam Crizer scored to make the score 19-12 and after a defensive stop, Morro Bay (6-6) found itself driving for a chance at a tie.
Then, the turnovers started.
The Pirates had consecutive third-quarter drives then end in a fumble, an interception and an interception, and South Torrance capitalized by scoring the last 14 points.
“They came out and were big and fast and physical and pushed us around a bit, but we settled in and started chipping away,” Morro Bay coach John Andree said.
“The score isn’t indicative of how the game was, and I think they yardage is pretty comparable. We just had those turnovers.”
Crizer had two touchdown runs and 140 yards rushing to cap his record-breaking season. The senior quarterback led the state in rushing yards for a quarterback, and set the Morro Bay record for touchdowns in a season (27) and rushing yards (1,939).
Crizer also threw for 179 yards but had two interceptions.