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.
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“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.