The Nipomo High football team kept its playoff hopes alive with a 29-19 victory over Templeton on the road Friday night.
The Titans won the game despite not having starting quarterback Gavin Hall, who sat out after cutting his hand carving a pumpkin, assistant coach John Villa said.
Spencer Pool was 2-of-6 passing for 51 yards for Nipomo (5-5, 3-1 Northern League).
The Titans relied on the run game, with Antonio Navarro rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns and JJ Ramirez adding 97 yards on the ground and a score. DJ Sosa added 56 yards as Nipomo finished with 285 yards rushing.
“The key to the game was kicking,” Villa said. “Templeton had no field position.”
Juan Eguiluz made two field goals and had a 60-yard punt that was downed at the 1-yard line.
The Titans’ defense held Templeton to 48 yard rushing. Eagles quarterback Jordan Bernal had 129 yards passing and two touchdowns, but was sacked twice.
Bernal threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Harrold and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Matteo D’alfonso in the second quarter, and Bernal also ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for Templeton (5-5, 1-3 Northern League).
The Eagles gathered to sing happy birthday to injured teammate Isaac Lindsey at halftime. The linebacker, who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a game Sept. 18, turned 17 on Friday.