Nov 17, 2012 3:59 AM by Andrew Masuda

Friday Night Highlights: CIF Quarterfinals Recap

Atascadero, Lompoc and Mission Prep will all host CIF semifinal games next week after impressive quarterfinal wins on Friday night. Morro Bay saw its impressive season end in the second round at the hands of Chaminade, the 12th ranked team in the state. Nikko Hayes, Jonathan Torres, Patrick Laird and Jordan Bray provided big plays for their respective teams.

The Atascadero Greyhounds jumped out to an early 15-0 lead against Canyon to avoid a letdown from last week's thrilling upset win at top ranked and undefeated Palmdale. The Greyhounds, who essentially entered the Northern Division as the #16 seed, won 30-14 to advance to the semifinals for the first time since they won the CIF title in 1996. They'll host West Torrance next Friday after West Torrance beat Mira Costa 49-42.

Izaiah Cooks opened the scoring with a 28 yard touchdown run in the first quarter on the Hounds' second possession of the game. After a 2-point conversion, the Hounds led 8-0. Junior linebacker Chase Young intercepted a pass from Canyon quarterback Cade Apsay and returned it 45 yards to the Cowboy 10 yard line. Sophomore Ethan Hicks ran in a 6 yard score to give Atascadero a 15-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Canyon stuck with the ground game and it resulted in a 1 yard TD run from Apsay to cut the deficit to 15-7 early in the second quarter. The Greyhound defense preserved the lead into halftime after stopping the Cowboys on fourth and goal and then Sam Neely intercepted a pass near the goal line.

After the Cowboys failed to convert a fourth down at the Atascadero 35 yard line, Jonathan Torres broke loose for a 65 yard touchdown run down the sideline to make it a 22-7 game early in the third quarter. Hicks, who had a season-high 94 yards and 2 touchdowns last weeks, added his second TD of the night to make it a 30-7 lead.

Torres led the Hounds with 129 yards rushing and one TD. Hicks added 61 and 2 TD and Cooks ran for 59 yards and a score. Quarterback Robbie Berwick completed 5 of his 8 passes for 51 yards, while he rushed for 17 more. Neely finished with 2 interceptions.

The Atascadero defense shut down star receiver Drew Wolitarsky. The senior had a big game last week when Canyon eliminated San Luis Obispo 42-9. He is the all-time state leader in career receptions and receiving yards.

The Lompoc Braves fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter, but never flinched. The Braves rushed for 369 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns in a dominant 49-6 win at Culver City, the same team that lost to Arroyo Grande in the finals last year. Lompoc extended its state-best winning streak to 32 and improved to 12-0 on the season. The top seed in the Western Division hosts Serra next Friday in the semifinals.

The Centaurs opened the scoring with a 22 yard field goal. The Braves responded with a 52 yard touchdown run from Nikko Hayes, the start of a big night for him. Culver City added a 30 yard field goal to close to within 7-6. That's when the Braves changed directions and quarterback Tyler Ornelas connected with Gregory Mitchell for a 70 yard touchdown pass to give Lompoc a 14-6 lead after the first quarter. Lavon Coleman scored on a 19 yard run, while Hayes added a 1 yard plunge to give Lompoc a 28-6 lead at the half. Hayes scored his third TD of the night on a 1yard run in the third quarter and Ornelas hit Ainuu Taua for a 5 yard TD pass to make it 42-6 after three. Austin Hayes broke loose for a 60 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Ornelas completed 2 of his 3 passes and both went for touchdowns totaling 75 yards. Coleman led the Braves with 121 yards and 1 score. Nikko Hayes had 13 carries for 85 yards and 3 touchdowns. Taylor Cornejo added 50 yards on just 6 carries. The Lompoc defense allowed 267 passing yards to the Centaurs, but managed to keep Culver City out o the endzone.

The Mission Prep Royals, the top seed in the Northeast Division, led from start to finish in La Canada to advance to the CIF semifinals in their first-ever appearance in the Southern Section playoffs. The Royals improved to 11-1 on the season and host Salesian in the semifinals next Friday. Salesian blanked Bishop 35-0 on Friday.

Patrick Laird got the Royals on the board first with a 20 yard touchdown run. Quarterback Tyler Baty connected with Joey Hall for a 7 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give Mission a 14-0 lead. Michael Cardwell added a 4 yard touchdown as Mission built a 21-0 lead before Flintridge got on the board 21-6.

Baty finished with 179 yards and 3 touchdown passes on 11 for 19 passing. He also rushed for a 22 yard touchdown. Laird shined on Friday with 178 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 11 carries. The junior also caught a 27 yard touchdown pass. Cardwell ran for 59 yards on 7 carries and one score. Joey Hall had 4 catches for 53 yards and one TD. Trevor Fernandez hauled in 3 passes for 50 yards and Anthony Aurignac caught a 30 yard touchdown pass.

All told, the Royals compiled 461 yards of total offense, 179 through the air and 282 on the ground on 25 carries.

The Morro Bay Pirates saw their impressive season come to an end with a 61-7 loss to Chaminade, the #12 ranked team in the state. Morro Bay finished the season 8-4 under first year head coach Jack Greer. Chaminade improved to 11-1 on the season.

From the start, Chaminade showed why it was so revered. Running back Terrell Newby broke loose for a 29 yard touchdown to start the scoring. Morro Bay's Elijah Garcia stripped a Chaminade player of the ball and the fumble was recovered by Morro Bay. However that drive stalled for Morro Bay despite a big 45 yard run from quarterback Jordan Bray. Chaminade gave the ball back to Newby, who broke loose for a 58 yard touchdown run to make it 15-0.

Cory Harris later picked off a Bray pass and returned it for a pick-six in the second quarter. Morro Bay strung together a solid drive to close out the first half and went for a 37 yard field goal. But Jackson Chavez's kick was blocked by Chaminade and Cory Watkins picked it up and returned it nearly 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 33-0 lead at the half.

Chaminade dominated the rest of the way. However, the Pirates scored in the fourth quarter on a one yard run from Jake Beavers to avoid the shutout.
Bray finished with 153 yards on 17 carries to lead the Pirates. Newby had 142 yards rushing on 10 carries for 4 touchdowns to lead the Eagles, who could end up playing Lompoc for the Western Division title.

Chaminade lost to Arroyo Grande in the Western Division semifinals the previous two years.



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