Two of the Northern League passing leaders squared off Friday night at Mission Prep. When the game was over, Mission Prep quarterback Bryce Fledderman got the win, but Templeton quarterback Jordan Bernal remained the top thrower for another week, a small consolation.
Bernal threw for 229 yards and a touchdown and leads the Northern League with 1,098 yards passing. Fledderman had his most complete game of the season, throwing for 245 yards and two touchdowns in the 19-13 win over Templeton. Fledderman is now only three yards behind Bernal, with 1,095 yards on the season.
The rest of the major statistical categories for the Northern League are littered with more Royals and Eagles. Mission Prep wide receiver Angel Sanchez caught a career-high seven passes Friday night and now leads the league in receiving yards with 372 on the season. Templeton wideout Matteo D’Alfonso, who trails Sanchez with 364 yards on the year, also had a career night against Mission Prep, with eight catches for 98 yards. His previous season high for catches in a game was three.
Running backs Brayden Corona (Mission Prep) and Michael Capelli (Templeton) are going at it for the Northern League rushing and scoring titles. Corona currently leads both categories with 721 rushing yards and 48 total points. He added to both totals with a 134-yard, one touchdown performance in the league opener. Capelli has 660 yards on the season and is tied for second with Bernal with 42 points.
While Templeton and Mission Prep are getting it done with offense, it’s all about defense for Nipomo, and it is showing up in the statistics. Six of the top 10 tacklers in the Northern League play for the Titans, including leader Terry Wambolt who has 86 tackles in seven games. Nipomo defensive tackle David Leon got another sack in Friday night’s shutout win over Morro Bay, pushing his league-leading total to five.
In the PAC 5, the incredible stat line of Arroyo Grande quarterback Sawyer May is a big reason why the Eagles are taking a 6-1 record into the bye week. May has thrown 107 passes this season, 12 touchdowns and only one interception and leads the PAC 5 in touchdowns and passing yards with 1,236. Behind May is San Luis Obispo quarterback Omeed Djassemi with 1,054. On the defensive side, middle linebacker Sam Ness has 21 more tackles than San Luis Obispo’s Zennon Cano. Ness leads the league with 89 total tackles on the season.
Paso Robles running back Christian Erickson continues to dominate the rushing numbers in the PAC 5, nearly doubling his next closest competitor. But a pair of Atascadero running backs has combined to rack up more than 1,200 yards on the ground, and more importantly, wins. Atascadero running back Marc Martin has gained 654 yards on the season and R.J. Reusche, who had 220 yards in the Greyhounds’ overtime win Friday, has 628 on the year as the team sits at 5-1. As noted last week, Atascadero and Righetti have played one less game than every other PAC 5 team and will meet Friday.
San Luis Obispo’s Delvon Jack continues to lead the PAC 5 in receiving yards with 574, which is 74 yards ahead of Paso Robles wideout Steven Schouten. Paso Robles safety Tristan Durfee, Arroyo Grande safety Bradley Mickey and cornerback Alex Cecchi share the league lead in interceptions with two each. Righetti’s Zach Burg leads the PAC 5 with 3 sacks.