The Paso Robles High football team got a huge night from Christian Erickson, but gambled late in the game and came up empty on a 2-point conversion that would have given the Bearcats the lead in a 35-34 loss at Lompoc in a first-round game of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.
Erickson had 329 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Paso Robles (5-6), which scored on 1-yard run by Matthew Keller to make the score 35-34 with 5:13 remaining in the game. Head coach Rich Schimke eschewed the kick for a pass attempt to take the lead, but the pass was incomplete.
The Bearcats’ defense held and Paso Robles got the ball back with about two minutes remaining, but a fumble recovery by Lompoc put an end to any thoughts of a comeback.
Elijah Palomino also had a rushing touchdown for the Bearcats.
Torey Sims had 204 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Lompoc (10-1), and Toa Taua added 140 yards on the ground and two scores.
There were only three pass attempts in the game by both teams combined, and Paso Robles’ Nathan Fulmer had the game’s only catch, good for 18 yards.
The score was tied 21-21 at halftime, as Erickson scored twice and Palomino once for the Bearcats.