Aug 25, 2014 11:49 PM by Matt SantaMaria
ATASCADERO, Calif. - The Atascadero football team punctuated the final year of the PAC-7 with a perfect run through league play in 2013. The Greyhounds finished their conference schedule 6-0, including an improbable overtime win over archrival Paso Robles to clinch their first league title since 2008.
Atascadero - who returns five starters on each side of the football - must replace star quarterback Robbie Berwick, who graduated to Florida State, and Izaiah Cooks, who was one of the most productive running backs on the Central Coast a year ago. And they must do it all while transitioning to a new league. The Greyhounds will play in the newly formed PAC-5 this fall.
"New league, but very familiar opponents. It's a different configuration, but it's always going to be tough," said Atascadero head coach Vic Cooper. "It's a grinder, if you can survive four weeks of that league season you're going to do a pretty good job in the playoffs."
Senior Tommy Carr will take over Atascadero's high-powered offense. And what Carr lacks in experience, he makes up for in talent. Carr competed in the Manning Camp over the summer, was part of prestigious Elite 11 camp in Los Angeles, and was invited to take part in the USA Football Developmental Games in College Station, Texas.
Atascadero opens regular season play against Woodbridge on Friday, they begin league play on October 17th against Righetti.