Greyhounds lose battle with Knights
St. Joseph 26, Atascadero 16
–By Rick Evans
–In the first round of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division football playoffs last Friday night, Atascadero hosted St. Joseph but the Greyhounds were unable to secure a win as the Knights earned a 26-16 victory.
The first quarter ended with the Knights holding a 6-3 lead. After a St. Joseph fumble in the second quarter, Atascadero took possession of the ball and, a few plays later, the Hounds’ Marc Martin made his way into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point kick went wide, and the Hounds took a 9-6 lead with 3:33 remaining in the second quarter.
The Knights quickly answered back with a touchdown and, despite a failed 2-point conversion, held a 12-9 lead over the Hounds going into half-time.
The third quarter had St. Joseph missing an attempted field goal. With 6:40 left in the quarter, the Hounds took a16-12 lead thanks to an amazing long run into the end zone courtesy of RJ Reusche and a successful PAT.
Although that would be the Hounds’ final scoring opportunity, the Knights would find the end zone again in the third quarter and one more time in the fourth. With both PATs good, the St. Joseph players secured a 26-16 victory over Atascadero.
With the loss, the Hounds ended their season with an 8-3 record and will not advance further into CIF. The Knights, 9-2 overall, will host the Camarillo Scorpions (11-0) on Friday, Nov. 20 in the CIF quarterfinals.