Behind Antonio Navarro’s big night, the Nipomo High football team routed Rio Hondo Prep 51-6 in a first-round game of the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division playoffs on Friday in Arcadia.
Navarro ran for 284 yards and four touchdowns as the Titans (6-5) were one of just two San Luis Obispo County teams to win a playoff game. Nipomo had 451 yards rushing and 506 yards of total offense in the win.
Nipomo’s defense held the Kares (6-4), the Prep League champion, to 79 yards of total offense, and intercepted quarterback Clark Bolinger twice. The Titans had three sacks and seven tackles for loss. Jedu Reyes and Jimmy Pineo each had an interception.
“The defense was just fantastic,” assistant coach John Villa said.
JJ Ramirez added 122 yards rushing and a touchdown for Nipomo, which will host Twentynine Palms next week in a second-round matchup. The Wildcats defeated Ontario Christian in a first-round game at home, 41-7, on Friday night.
The Titans opened the scoring on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Hall to Lukas Kolesar and never looked back. Hall added a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Nipomo led 24-0 at halftime and 44-6 at the end of the third quarter.