Paso Robles High running back Christian Erickson sat out Friday’s win over San Luis Obispo, but he’s so far ahead of every other running back in the PAC 5 he probably won’t have to do much more to win the rushing title. In just seven games, Erickson has racked up 1,244 yards, averaging nearly nine yards per carry. Righetti running back D.J. Freitas made a big leap into the second spot with a 22-carry, 148-yard performance in a 14-7 loss to Atascadero. Freitas has 827 yards rushing on the season.
Freitas also made a move to join the PAC 5 scoring leaders. He and Atascadero running back Marc Martin each had touchdowns in the game and lead the league in scoring with 60 points.
Arroyo Grande quarterback Sawyer May and the Eagles were off this week, but May maintained his passing yards lead over San Luis Obispo quarterback Omeed Djassemi. May has 1,236 yards to Djassemi’s 1,172. Djassemi’s favorite target, Delvon Jack, leads receivers with 549 yards.
The Righetti defense played a solid game Friday, and some of the players are staring to rise to the top of the stats. Zach Burg and Seth Ollice each recorded sacks in the loss against Atascadero and lead the league. Burg, who had three sacks agianst both Lompoc and Santa Maria, has 10 on the year and Ollice has 7.5. Righetti’s Joey Garcia also took the league lead in interceptions (3) with a one-handed helmet-assisted pick on Friday.
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Templeton’s Jordan Bernal had his way with the Morro Bay defense in a 41-13 win. Bernal passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns and maintained his Northern League passing lead with 1,337 yards on the season. Mission Prep’s Bryce Fledderman is a close second with 1,273 yards passing on the season, following a 178-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win over Fillmore.
Mission Prep’s Brayden Corona didn’t get a ton of yards in the Royals’ win — 49 on 11 carries — but he did enough to maintain his rushing lead. Corona has 770 yards on the season and leads Templeton’s Michael Capelli by 38 yards. The two running backs are tied for the league lead in scoring with 54 points each.
Royals running back Angel Sanchez leads Northern League receivers with 372 yards on the season.
Nipomo’s Terry Wambolt leads the league with 95 tackles and his teammate David Leon has the most sacks with six.
Templeton’s Brandon Bracy has four interceptions on the season, two more than a handful of Northern League defenders.
PAC 5 Rushing Leaders
1,244 Christian Erickson (Paso Robles)
827 DJ Freitas (Righetti)
732 R.J. Reusche (Atascadero)
721 Marc Martin (Atascadero)