St. Francis of La Cañada, the fourth-ranked team in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Western Division poll, defeated visiting Paso Robles High, 9-3, in a nonleague football game Thursday night at Friedman Field nearly 10 miles northwest of Pasadena.
St. Francis (5-0) got on the scoreboard with a minute and five seconds remaining in the first quarter when Daniel Kawamura ran in a 4-yard touchdown. The PAT missed, though, leaving a 6-0 lead.
After that, the Bearcats’ defense held for essentially the rest of the game, mostly stymieing an offense featuring star receiver Travis Talianko, who verbally committed to San Jose State earlier this week. Outside linebacker Brandon Penn had a standout first half for Paso Robles (1-3), with a sack, a knockdown and two quarterback hurries before the break.
“The defense stepped up and played real big, and special teams was solid,” Paso Robles coach Rich Schimke said. “Offensively, we went up against a stout defense that gave up 61 yards of total offense last week to an undefeated West Ranch team. We spit and sputtered and had some turnovers that hurt us a little bit, but we had a three-and-a-half-hour bus ride down here, and the guys got off the bus and played a heck of a football game.”
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The Golden Knights opened the third quarter with a solid drive, but fumbled at the goal line, squandering the series. The Bearcats fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchback and some momentum.
Paso Robles quarterback Garrett Nelson then found tight end Tanner Berry on a 54-yard catch-and-run to the 22-yard line. The play set up a 37-yard field goal by Garrett Schasteen, cutting the lead in half with just under four minutes left in the third.
Billy McCreary sent a 28-yard field goal through the uprights with 8:06 remaining in regulation to give St. Francis the final points of the game.
After Alec Flynn tackled Kawamura to force a punt, the Bearcats took over at their own 34-yard line with 4:04 left in the fourth and one final chance. The ensuing drive stalled, and the Golden Knights took over on downs at their own 49 with just under a minute-and-a-half to go.
Nelson finished 12-of-22 passing for 145 yards with an interception.
“I thought he responded well,” Schimke said. “He’s the first QB I’ve ever had without any previous varsity experience, and he’s improving leaps and bounds.”
Stokes had five catches for 52 yards, and Tim Balson caught three passes for 30 yards.
“We’re close,” Schimke said. “We’re right there, knocking at the door. We’re turning the corner.”
GIRLS VOLLEYBALLSan Luis Obispo 3, Pioneer Valley 0
Ariel Becker had seven kills, Linnea Ramirez had nine digs and Maggie Eppright had 30 assists as the Tigers (20-4, 6-0) swept the Panthers 25-16, 25-12, 25-10 on the road to stay rolling through PAC 7 competition.
Arroyo Grande 3, St. Joseph 0
The Eagles rolled over the Knights on the road, 25-16, 25-7, 25-7, to remain in second place in the PAC 7.
Alyssa Koenig led Arroyo Grande (16-4, 5-1 PAC 7) with 10 kills and seven aces. Millisa Morrow had four aces and 28 assists. Kylie Anderson supplied four kills, three aces and three blocks in the win.
Paso Robles 3, Righetti 0
After winning the first two sets 25-17, 25-16, the Bearcats (10-6, 3-3 PAC 7) held on for a 28-26 win in the third set to sweep the Warriors.
Molly Donovan had 19 kills and two blocks for Paso Robles. Kellie Reynolds added 27 assists.
Cabrillo 3, Morro Bay 1
The Pirates (3-3 Los Padres League) lost 25-20, 21-25, 25-9, 25-16 on the road.
Jill Brown had 13 kills, Kylie Gacad had 26 assists and Monica Santiago had 19 digs for Morro Bay.
Santa Ynez 3, Nipomo 0
Stephanie Persky had 18 kills, Lina King had nine kills and Sarah Stahl had 13 digs as the Titans (2-4 LPL) lost at home, 25-22, 25-18, 31-29.
Templeton 3, Lompoc 1
Jeanine Madsen had 21 kills and 20 digs to lead the Eagles (9-2, 5-1 LPL) to the 25-10, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18 win over the Braves.
Sarah Kretzu had 11 kills and six aces, and Lindsey Wyatt had nine kills in the win.
Coast Union 3, Coastal Christian 0
Led by Sophie Flemion’s 31 assists, four blocks and five aces, the Broncos (6-4, 5-0 Coast Valley League) cruised to a 25-13, 25-17, 25-22 sweep over the Conquerors (6-1, 4-1).
Nicky Ortiz had nine kills and four blocks, Amy Avina had eight kills and 10 digs and Roxy Mertens had six kills and 13 digs for Coast Union.
Leslie Henry led Coastal Christian with 16 kills, 25 digs and four blocks. Koral Wright added 31 digs, and JoAnn Lindstaedt had 20 assists for the Conquerors.
Shandon 3, North County Christian 0
The Outlaws (6-3, 4-1 CVL) swept the Crusaders (2-8, 1-5 CVL), 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 at home behind Kayla Celis’ 13 digs, 12 kills and three aces.
Adilene Torres had five aces and 12 digs for Shandon. Dontavia Henderson had 12 kills and five blocks, and Leticia Muniz collected 29 assists for the Outlaws.
Kylie Bergquist led North County Christian with 14 digs. Cheyenne Ricks had 12 assists for the Crusaders.
BOYS WATER POLOPaso Robles 9, St. Joseph 7
The Bearcats (7-9, 2-3 PAC 7) scored three goals in the final 2:35 to rally for the win over the Knights.
Monty Renfrow had three goals for the Bearcats. Jay Young and Devon Nicklas had two goals each, and Ricky Lloyd added one goal for Paso Robles.
Bearcats goalie Ben Nagengast had six saves.
Righetti 17, San Luis Obispo 3
The Warriors showed why they’re the No. 2-ranked team in Division 4.
Casey Blauer scored two goals, and Nick Eaton scored the other for the Tigers (3-2 PAC 7).
Darren Paul made eight saves in goal for San Luis Obispo.
Atascadero 19, Pioneer Valley 9
The Greyhounds (5-9, 2-4 PAC 7) sprinted out to an 8-1 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the PAC 7 win behind Drew Morgan’s seven goals.
Chad Ponek added six goals, and David Hernandez, Chris Cunningham and Will Mehring each had two goals. Matt Buckingham had two saves, and Andrew Sedley had four saves for Atascadero.
GIRLS TENNISSan Luis Obispo 14, Pioneer Valley 4
The Tigers’ doubles team of India Hoffman and Caroline Burke swept 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 as San Luis Obispo (7-1, 5-1 PAC 7) routed the Panthers.
Tamra Olin went 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 for the Tigers in singles play.
GIRLS GOLFSan Luis Obispo 259, Pioneer Valley 269
Medalist Nora Zakaria shot a 5-over 40 at Dairy Creek to medal for the Tigers (2-4 PAC 7).
Sam Tsau shot a 50, Sam Lopez shot a 52, Hannah Palmage carded a 58 and Angelica Lakatos scored a 59 to finish up the scoring for San Luis Obispo.
Atascadero 239, Paso Robles 252
Danyele Rampone led the field with a 7-over 42 to medal at Chalk Mountain.
Paso Robles’ Ashley Levanduski and Claire Baldal each shot a 43 to tie for second place for the Bearcats (3-4, 1-3 PAC 7).
Marissa McClain shot a 47, and Kodie Hood and Kyleigh Jensen each added a 48 for the Greyhounds (2-1 PAC 7).
St. Joseph 223, Arroyo Grande 245
Desiree Gillaspy from St. Joseph finished with a 39 to medal at Cypress Ridge.
Emma Fuhs and Taylor Scotto each shot a personal-best 47 for the Eagles (5-1 PAC 7) to tie for the team lead.
Ramie Castilleja finished with a 48, and Breana Garcia posted a 51. Anna Zhang had a 52.
Morro Bay, Nipomo at LPL Tournament
Santa Ynez won with a team score of 223 at the tournament at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo.
Morgan Salm was the medalist with a 2-over 37 for Cabrillo, which finished second.
Nipomo came in third place at 238. The Titans were led by Sara Clark, who tallied the second-lowest score with a 40. Courtney Cuzick finished with a 45 for the Titans.
Morro Bay finished in fourth at 269. Gina Wongwatcharanon paced the Pirates with a 46, while Jennifer Baltimore shot a 49.