The Tribune’s Top 10 Prep Football Rankings
Team — Record — First-place votes — Points — Last week
1. Paso Robles (8-0, 2-0 PAC 5) — 7 — 88 — 1
2. Lompoc (8-0, 2-0 LPL) — 2 — 82 — 2
3. Arroyo Grande (6-2, 1-1 PAC 5) — 0 — 72 — 3
4. Atascadero (7-1, 2-0 PAC 5) — 0 — 64 — 3
5. Nipomo (6-3, 3-0 NL) — 0 — 51 — 5
6. Righetti (4-4, 1-2 PAC 5) — 0 — 40 — 6
7. St. Joseph (4-4, 1-1 LPL) — 0 — 33 — 7
8. Morro Bay (4-5, 2-1 NL) — 0 — 27 — 9
9. Templeton (6-2, 1-1 NL) — 0 — 24 — 7
10. Pioneer Valley (4-4, 2-1 LPL) — 0 — 13 — 10
Others receiving votes: Cabrillo (3-5, 1-1 LPL) — 1.
Voters this week: Ashley Conklin (The Tribune), Kenny Cress (Santa Maria Times), Mike Moreno (KZOZ 93.3 FM), Matt SantaMaria (KSBY), Joshua D. Scroggin (The Tribune), Tom Sepulveda (The Tribune), Alex J. Jankowski (The Tribune), Mike Abram (ESPN 1280 AM), Jeff Poirier (Paso Robles Press).
A look at this week's matchups:
ATASCADERO (7-1, 2-0 PAC 5) AT ARROYO GRANDE (6-2, 1-1), 7:30 P.M.
Last week: Atascadero 41, San Luis Obispo 24; Arroyo Grande 30, Righetti 7.
What to Watch: Atascadero — Junior RB Marc Martin spearheaded a Greyhounds rushing attack that totaled 422 yards on 48 carries in their win at San Luis Obispo. Martin carried 26 times for 221 yards and three scores, and classmate R.J. Reusche added 11 carries for 134 yards and two more TDs. Senior QB Tommy Carr was just 3-of-8 passing, but added six rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Senior Nick Ducasse had a team-high 15 tackles, and junior lineman Jordan Council had 11⁄2 sacks.
Arroyo Grande — Bradley Mickey had three of the four interceptions for the Eagles in their win over Righetti, upping his INT total on the year to eight — a figure tied for 19th in the nation, tied for fourth in the state and tied for first in the Southern Section. Alex Cecchi rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries in the win, and Joey DeLaRosa scored twice while rushing 10 times for 65 yards.
NOTE: Atascadero is the sixth-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll. Arroyo Grande is seventh in the Northern Division poll.
PASO ROBLES (8-0, 2-0 PAC 5) AT RIGHETTI (4-4, 1-2), 7 P.M.
Last week: Paso Robles BYE; Arroyo Grande 30, Righetti 7.
What to Watch: Paso Robles — The last undefeated team in San Luis Obispo County, the Bearcats are coming off a bye following a thorough 63-14 win over San Luis Obispo. Bailey Gaither caught two passes for two scores and added another TD on a kickoff return. Christian Erickson needed just 15 carries to amass 184 yards and three scores, and backup quarterback Steven Schouten ran for 101 yards and a score in addition to completing his only pass attempt. Starting QB Justin Davis was 7-of-10 passing for 131 yards and three scores.
Righetti — Senior WR Steven Spadarotto had five catches for 75 yards in the loss to Arroyo Grande — one week after he had 22 catches for 246 and two TDs in a loss to Atascadero. Andy Cooper added 96 yards on the ground against the Eagles. The Warriors are 4-0 at home this season.
NOTE: Paso Robles is the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll.
SANTA MARIA (1-7, 0-2 NORTHERN LEAGUE) AT MISSION PREP (3-5, 0-2), 7 P.M.
Last week: Morro Bay 40, Santa Maria 0; Nipomo 36, Mission Prep 0.
What to Watch: Santa Maria — No statistics were available following the Saints’ loss to Morro Bay last week. Santa Maria defeated Hueneme 27-6 for its lone win of the season Oct. 10, but has been outscored 328-111 on the year.
Mission Prep — The Royals are still searching for their first Northern League victory following last week’s loss to Nipomo in which they were held to 166 total yards. Bryce Fledderman threw for 130 yards on 16-of-40 passing with three interceptions. Chase Bourque caught seven passes for a team-high 66 yards. Senior RB Dyllan Smiley leads the team in rushing with 788 yards and six touchdowns on 139 carries.
TEMPLETON (6-2, 1-1 NL) AT NIPOMO (6-3, 3-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: Templeton BYE; Nipomo 36, Mission Prep 0.
What to Watch: Templeton — The Eagles are coming off a bye following their first league loss of the season, a narrow 23-22 defeat to rival Morro Bay. Avery Shannon had Templeton’s biggest play in the loss, taking a screen 45 yards for his team’s first score of the game. Christian Hauser added 41 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards, scoring on a 5-yard run. Quarterbacks Gunnar Griffin and Jordan Bernal combined to complete 13 of 17 passes for 100 yards for the Eagles, who outscored the Pirates 15-0 in the fourth quarter.
Nipomo — With quarterback Matt Albright calling all the plays from the line of scrimmage, the Titans offense scored on its first two possessions against Mission Prep — both on TD passes from Alrbight to Nick Kimball. Albright finished 14-of-25 passing for 211 yards and two scores, and Kimball caught eight passes for 138 yards. Chris Owens ran eight times for a game-high 104 yards before leaving midway through the first half with a hip injury. Sophomore Michael Jordan filled in by running 17 times for 102 yards and a pair of short-yardage scores. The Titans can wrap up their first league title in school history with a win.
NOTE: Templeton is the ninth-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division poll. Nipomo is third in the Northwest Division poll.
CUYAMA VALLEY (7-1, 2-0 CVL) AT COAST UNION (2-5, 2-0), 7 P.M.
Last week: Cuyama Valley 58, Valley Christian Academy 20; Coast Union 39, Maricopa 0.
What to Watch: Cuyama Valley — Adrian Gameros ran for 118 yards, including a 50-yard TD, and also added a 52-yard touchdown reception in the Bears’ victory at Valley Christian Academy. Quarterback David Fonseca threw for three scores in addition to rushing for 118 yards on 11 carries. Andy Harrington, another quarterback, added a touchdown run, and Robert Vasquez scored the game’s first points on a 22-yard touchdown reception.
Coast Union — The Broncos have won two in a row following an 0-5 start to the season. In the shutout victory over Maricopa, Coast Union led 25-0 after the first quarter and 39-0 at halftime. Senior RB Binh Trieu rushed 13 times for 146 yards and three scores, while Alexis Mireles made the most of his lone pass attempt — a 24-yard score to Tommy Moreno. Freshman Eric Robbins added a 59-yard touchdown run, and sophomore Brayan Pena had a team-high seven tackles.
NOTE: Cuyama Valley is the third-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 8-man poll.