Football rivalry: Atascadero 31, Paso Robles 14
UPDATE: Full game report with photos
Greyhounds outlast the Bearcats
Paso Robles hosted Atascadero on Friday night at War Memorial stadium in the Bearcats and Greyhounds’ annual North County rivalry game. For the third year straight, the Hounds claimed second place in the PAC-5 and a CIF Playoff spot as they outscored the Bearcats, 31-14. With the loss, the Bearcats take third place in league and a potential “at large berth” in the playoffs; announcements are scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Atascadero took advantage of Paso Robles’ turnovers and penalties throughout the game and scored first on a 28-yard field goal by Logan Armstrong for a 3-0 lead. On the Bearcats’ next possession, a pass from quarterback Justin Davis intended for Steven Schouten was intercepted by Atascadero’s Lucas Sprouse. The Hounds marched down field and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Marc Martin. After the PAT, Atascadero took a 10-0 lead with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Bearcats came back quickly and a 48-yard pass from Davis to Schouten put the ball at the Hounds’ 33-yard line. On a fourth down and three at the 25-yard line, Schouten took the hand-off on a sweep and had the ball knocked loose. Atascadero defensive back Zach Quigley picked up the ball and outran the Bearcats for a 79-yard touchdown. The PAT was good, giving the Greyhounds a 17-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the half.
The Bearcats came back again and had the ball at the Atascadero 24-yard line. A pass from Davis to Schouten on a post pattern was intercepted in the end zone by Sprouse, his second of the game.
With two minutes left in the half, Atascadero managed to drive to the Paso Robles 4-yard line. With just seven seconds left, Hounds quarterback Carson Rinkenberger threw a pass to Isaiah Cooks in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and, with the PAT good, Atascadero had a commanding 24-0 lead at halftime.
The Hounds used a time-consuming drive to start the second half and had the ball at the Bearcats 4-yard line when they were forced to attempt a field goal. An off-sides penalty against the Paso Robles gave Atascadero another chance to score a touchdown as Martin ran untouched into the end zone. With the PAT, the scoreboard at War Memorial showed the Hounds ahead, 31-0, giving the hometown Paso Robles crowd little to cheer about.
The Bearcats’ first score of the night came late in the third quarter on an 8-yard touchdown run by Christian Erickson, who was held to 80 yards on the night. They scored again in the fourth quarter on a perfect pass from Davis to Schouten for a 24-yard touchdown. But it would be too little, too late for Paso Robles as the Bearcats fell to the Atascadero Greyhounds, 31-14.
With the win, Atascadero finished the regular season at 3-1 in PAC-5 and 8-2 overall. Paso Robles ended the regular season at 2-2 PAC-5, 5-5 overall. CIF playoff match-ups are due to be announced by Sunday afternoon. Check Paso Robles Daily News and A-town Daily News for Bearcat and Greyhounds updates, including game dates, times, and locations.
ORIGINAL BRIEF from 11-7-15 a.m.:
The Atascadero Greyhounds beat the Paso Robles Bearcats in Friday night’s rivalry football game at War Memorial Stadium in Paso Robles. The final score was 31-14.
The Paso Robles/Atascadero rivalry is one of the longest running on the Central Coast. Since 1920, the Bearcats hold a 51-31 record against the Greyhounds.
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