Arroyo Grande High’s football team didn’t need the PAC 5’s most accurate passer to do much on Friday night.
Sawyer May had just 16 yards passing, but a strong running game and hard-hitting defense carried Arroyo Grande to a 24-10 win over Atascadero.
Matt Sill had 50 yards rushing and scored on a spinning touchdown run to give Arroyo Grande a 14-7 lead in the second quarter and the Eagles never looked back.
▪ Game Sealing Play: Bradley Mickey picked off Atascadero quarterback Carson Rinkenberger on Arroyo Grande’s final defensive play of the game, but his long touchdown run was what put the game out of reach. After the Arroyo Grande defense forced a turnover, Mickey took a handoff 41 yards for the score to give the Eagles a 24-10 lead in the fourth quarter.
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▪ No Reusche: Atascadero’s killer running back combination was one short Friday night. Marc Martin carried the ball 32 times for 118 yards, but his backfield mate R.J. Reusche was not at the game. When asked, coach Vic Cooper declined to comment saying it was a team issue. Atascadero was also without leading receiver Elijah Cooks, who was not dressed.
▪ Run Attack: Mickey, who finished the game with 110 yards on 13 carries, had plenty of help. Sill added 50, and Alex Cecchi had nine carries for 69 yards. May actually had more rushing yards than passing, gaining 21 yards on six carries. Joey DeLaRosa chipped in eight carries for 47 yards.
▪ What It Means: With the win, Arroyo Grande all but locks up a PAC 5 title. Next week, the Eagles take on a struggling San Luis Obispo team in its final game of the season. Atascadero will face rival Paso Robles.