Eagles suffer tough loss to Conquistadores, Hounds conquer the Titans
Cabrillo 31, Templeton 28
By Penny Fuentes
– Templeton (4-1) hosted Cabrillo (1-4) in a tough battle Friday night that ended with the Eagles suffering a 31-28 loss to the Conquistadores.
From the opening ceremonies to the final moments of the game, the night was filled with gestures of support for Isaac Lindsey, the Templeton player injured in the Eagles’ games against SLO last week. With the Templeton High School marching band playing, the cheerleaders ran out followed by Isaac’s older brother and teammate, Louis Lindsey, carrying a 32 flag representing his jersey number, and Isaac’s best friend and teammate, Nate Avery, with an Eagles flag as the two led their team onto the field.
Other shows of support included the Conquistadores presenting a signed number 32 jersey to the Eagles and team fans sporting signs, shirts, and flags inscribed with 32 for Isaac.
The first quarter had Templeton’s Jordan Bernal faking a hand-off to run in a touchdown for the Eagles. Just a few minutes later, Cabrillo’s Jalen Howard followed up with a run in to tie the game, 7-7. An interception from the Eagles’ Logan Roth later in the first quarter gave Templeton a 14-7 lead.
Zack Hewitson brought in a touchdown for Templeton in the second quarter, with Cabrillo adding two touchdowns to tie up the score 21-21 going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Isaiah Harrold had an exciting 99-yard fumble return to give the Eagles a 28-21 lead. Cabrillo took over in the fourth quarter with a safety and last minute Trevaughn Ross touchdown to earn the 31-28 win over Templeton in what proved to be a hard-fought game by both teams.
Bernal finished the night with 12 carries, 43 yards rushing, 10 completions, and a total of 139 yards for the Eagles; Michael Capelli had 12 carries and 50 yards; Jaret Butz had three catches and a total of 65 yards, and Matteo D’Alfonso had four catches and 62 yards.
The Eagles are set to travel to Santa Ynez on Friday, Oct. 2 to take on the Pirates (5-0). The JV players will take the field at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.
Atascadero 27, Nipomo 16
The Atascadero Greyhounds (3-1) brought home a 27-16 win over the Nipomo Titans (2-3) on Friday night.
The Hounds are set to host the Pioneer Valley Panthers (2-2) on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.; JV plays at 4 p.m.