Oct 02

North County owns the night

Atascadero receiver Logan Sprouse had four catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns, including this 53-yarder, in an 18-6 win over fellow unbeaten Arroyo Grande on Friday night. — Tribune photo by Nick Lucero ©

We may have gotten some clues Friday night as to how the PAC 7 and Los Padres League pictures may eventually play out, as both leagues opened with a nearly full slate of games. Here were the scores:

• Atascadero 18, Arroyo Grande 6

• Paso Robles 41, San Luis Obispo 21

• Righetti 15, St. Joseph 7

• Pioneer Valley 28, Morro Bay 17

• Templeton 17, Cabrillo 0

• Santa Maria 33, Nipomo 27 (OT)

• Lompoc 20, Santa Ynez 19

• MissionPrep 9, Linfield Christian 6

• Fresno Christian 33, Coast Union 28

• North County Christian 58, Valencia Trinity Classical 17

Some highlights and musings:

• Paso Robles junior wide receiver Elias Stokes might be the most exciting singular offensive weapon on the Central Coast. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound junior had five catches for 165 yards and four touchdowns Friday, and also returned a kickoff for a 95-yard score. He’s up to 12 TDs on the season. Stokes was 24th in the state in receiving yards amongst sophomores in 2009.

• Beware of the Atascadero passing attack. Sure, the Greyhounds can pound the rock as usual, but second-year starting quarterback Jesse Whitten has command of this offense. The 6-3 senior was 11-of-17 for 219 yards and two TDs, with a pair of interceptions (one of which came on a tipped ball). His go-to target, junior wideout Logan Sprouse, hauled in four passes for 155 yards and two scores.

• Obviously it’s early, and I may be looking too far ahead, but the most intriguing one-on-one matchup in the area may take place later this year when the aforementioned Stokes lines up against Atascadero senior cornerback Troy Norris. Both were all-league first-team picks a year ago, and Norris is equally building upon his accomplishments. Norris is up to an area-best five interceptions returned for 132 yards and a TD this year.

Paso Robles junior receiver Elias Stokes (5) had five catches for 165 yards and four TDs, and also ran back a kickoff 95 yards for a score in a 41-21 win over San Luis Obispo. — Tribune photo by Jayson Mellom ©

• Even with the loss, San Luis Obispo’s improvement from last year’s 62-7 defeat at the hands of the Bearcats shouldn’t be overlooked. Tigers fullback Vance Cramer rushed for 154 yards on 19 carries this time.

• Templeton senior running back Tyler Gray had the most impressive local showing of the night on the ground, bulldozing his way to a season-high 289 yards and a pair of scores on 22 attempts.

• Mission Prep’s Spencer Rowley had two interceptions in the Royals’ interesting win, wherein all their points came on field goals. Jesse Andreini split the uprights from 25, 29 and 43 yards out. That game also saw former Cal Poly quarterback Chad Henry get his head-coaching career off on the right foot. (He took over the program Tuesday on an interim basis after third-year head coach Brady Lock resigned.)

• Also in the small-school ranks, breakout performances were had by Coast Union running back Sam Rivera (118 yards and two scores on 15 carries) and North County Christian receiver Daniel Katches (11 receptions for 146 yards and five TDs).

So, now that a week of league games are in the books, what do you think? Or is it too premature to draw any conclusions or cast any predictions? Also, if you like, don’t forget to check out our online photo galleries of this week’s games HERE.

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  1. Duh

    Well AG, so much for the undefeated season. Anyone who plays SLO might be the most exciting singular offensive weapon on the Central Coast. HaHaHa. Templeton? Lucky. Go Santa Maria! Moron Bay, loses as expected. Atascadero still overated.

  2. yeah

    AG who? i thought AG was ganna whoop on Atascadero? hmmm

  3. Eagle balls

    Atown spanked AG so hard that Goosen ordered the Eagles to beg the hounds for their manhood back! AG will be lucky to finish 3rd!

    1) Paso
    2) ATown
    3) Righetti
    4) AG
    5) St Joe
    6) Slo
    7) Pioneer valley



  5. eagleballs

    That’s what my eagles get for playing a WEAK schedule! Difference between Huss and Goosen? Huss would schedule the best he could find to push his team while Goosen has to schedule weaker teams to build his heartless group of boys confidence. Then Huss would never make excuses or defend failure like Goosen. You would think that this guy would learn something from his mentor.

  6. allRoads

    You don’t want to put Huss on a pedestal like that. AG was one HS during his tenure. Goosen does well with fewer kids. Go 106 and 160.

  7. PAC7 final playoff this week

    The winner of the Atascadro VS Righetti game this coming up Friday will be the eventual Pac7 CHAMPIONS…….

  8. Otis Clay

    Still not sold on A-Town… even though, a win over Righetti opens the door for an undefeated regular season. Sure, Vic Cooper is a Larry Welsh disciple… but, his teams have the tendency for letdowns. #4 in the CIF polls… Solid, but I think the current Hounds are a far cry from the teams of the 90s… where their offensive lines average 260 lbs. plus. Too bad they didn’t have the bowl system in 96. That team was amazing.

  9. Fame

    Hounds have also gotten beat in the playoffs with teams throwing all over there Defense! Not the case this year. There DB’s are athletic, smart and experienced. If coop can balance out the offense I expect the hounds to go further in the playoffs than in previous years.

  10. taco flavored kisses

    AG is soooo predictable, I love Tacos

  11. Bowl system

    The houds of a new are in a higher CIF division, playing teams Welsh has not had the privledge of playing. There are no comparisons to the new Hounds vs. The old hounds. They run the same kind of football. The Hound of today play a harder schedule then the Hounds of the past!!

  12. Pigsrule

    Seems no one has a big edge this year. I liked Paso heading into this year but they look weak on defense. Righetti looks good but they have to win 2 big games in North County. So with that said, all big games lead to Atascadero and someone may have had it right with the champ coming from Righetti vs Atascadero but this league is so close, it might come down to the last week – maybe with Paso at Atascadero.

  13. Otis Clay

    Bowl System… Do your homework. Back in 96… the last leg of Welsh’s “4-peat… the Hounds went down to Capistrano Valley (at the time #10 in the country according to USA Today)… and won. Capo Valley lost in the Div 1 playoffs (barely) to Mater Dei that year. That Hounds team was probably the 3rd best of the 4-peat teams. The key to those teams was the O-Line. They are much bigger and more talented than the current line. Many of those 90s linemen went to schools like Cal and ASU. Plus… “Coop” was a towel boy for those teams.

  14. Bowl system

    Towel Boy?? How about offensive line coach?

  15. taco flavored kisses

    best hs game ever, Hounds vs SY in the CIF semis in 93, the 1st year of Welsh’s 4peat.

  16. someone who knows

    please, best high school game ever, AG vs Notre Dame in 1998. Justin Fargas ring a bell?



  18. Eagle balls

    Ag vs Edison of Fresno with Ricky manning
    Ag vs Lompoc nip v santien
    Paso vs atown in mid 90′s
    Ag v St Joe where Rivas kicked the gwnfg
    Atown vs cap valley



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