Week Seven

Los Padres League

Who: Pioneer Valley (3-3, 0-1) at St. Joseph (4-3, 1-0).

Where: Jay Will Stadium, St. Joseph High School.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: A live webcast will be available at www.santamariatimes.com. Times sports editor Joe Bailey will call the play-by-play.

Pioneer Valley outlook: The Panthers put Lompoc behind, the first time the Braves had trailed all season, when they scored after an early Lompoc turnover. Then the Braves reeled off the next 49 points en route to a 49-10 win that kept them unbeaten. No stats were available on the Panthers, who sport one of the area's top kickers in Edgar Zacarias. QB Matt Garcia has hit some big passes, Nick Robledo is a capable receiver and running back, and Emmanuel Alcantar has been a productive back. LB Kenneth Hoobery helps lead the defense.

St. Joseph outlook: The Knights won by blowout over an over-matched opponent last week, routing Cabrillo 77-10 at Huyck Stadium in Lompoc in their Los Padres League opener. Kicker Brock Marcois is 21-for-21 for the year on PAT kicks over the last two weeks. He set the school single-game mark, 10, two weeks ago and then re-set the mark at 11 last week. QB Dino Maldonado has thrown for  2,007 yards this year, with 22 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Nate Guzman, at 86 yards a game, is St. Joseph's leading receiver, and four Knights average at least 37 yards a game in reception yardage. Jayden Vargas averages 135 yards-plus a game rushing. St. Joseph's defense has been OK for the most part.

How the game shapes up: The Knights' pass defense has been suspect at times but Marcois figures to get more opportunities than Zacarias will in a match-up between two of the premier place kickers in the area. Zacarias has shown the stronger leg of the two on kickoffs.

Who: Cabrillo (1-6, 0-1) at Santa Ynez (6-0, 0-0).

Where: Santa Ynez High School.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: KPEG 100.9 FM, KTNK 1410 AM.

Cabrillo outlook:  Cabrillo's yardage output hasn't been bad.The Conquistadores average 335 yards-plus of total offense a game. The defense, however, has struggled to stop much of anything. QB Jackson Anderson has a reliable receiver in Ben Dixon. Anderson averages just over 90 yards a game rushing. Tito Miza, at 53 yards-plus a game, has been a productive running back.

Santa Ynez outlook: Dustin Gregg has thrown for 1,688 yards, with 24 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Gabe Prendergast is having another spectacular season. He averages 112 yards a game in reception yardage and has caught nine touchdown passes. Defenses can't just zero in on him, though. Jasper Kadlec averages 67 yards a game in reception yardage and has five TD catches. Travis Vreeland averages 56 yards a game in reception yardage and has caught four touchdown passes. Vreeland, from his LB spot, helps anchor the defense. None of the Pirates have  big rushing numbers, but Santa Ynez has a solid running game.

How the game shapes up: The Pirates figure to roll in this one, the last dress rehearsal before they play Lompoc Oct. 20. 

PAC 8 League

Who: Atascadero (2-4,0-0) at Righetti (3-3, 1-0).

Where: Warrior Stadium, Righetti High School.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: KIQO 1504 AM.

Atascadero outlook: The Greyhounds do a lot on the ground and not much through the air. Senior Arik Machado averages 123 of his team's 230 yards a game rushing. Kobe Cross, at 55 yards a game, has been a reliable second back. Atascadero's defense has been stout at times, porous at others.

Righetti outlook: No complete stats on the Warriors were available at press time. Righetti, with RB Damien Robles, QB Brandon Giddings and WR-DB Jalen Davis as some of its anchors, is markedly improved from last year.

How the game shapes up: A win for the Warriors would put them in the thick of the title chase in a PAC 5 League that doesn't appear to have a dominant team this year.

Northern League

Who: Santa Maria (2-4, 0-0) at Templeton (2-5, 0-1).

Where: Templeton High School.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Santa Maria outlook: The Saints' offense is looking like it did for the first part of last season. Santa Maria relies an awful lot on QB Blake Truhitte. Truhitte has thrown for 894 yards this year, he's ran for 843 more and he has 30 more carries than the second-leading ball-carrier on the team. Robert Ruiz, the team's second-leading rusher, averages 62 yards a game rushing. Frank Lopez is a good short-yardage back. The defense has struggled to make timely stops.

Templeton outlook: No complete individual stats were available for the Eagles. They have scored 146 points this year, but they have given up 287.

How the game shapes up: Two teams that have offenses that can score and defenses that have leaked will go at it tonight.


Who: Nipomo (2-5) at Scotts Valley (5-1).

Where: Scotts Valley High School.

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: None.

Nipomo outlook: The Titans put together by far their most complete game of the year last week in a 35-0 shutout of Templeton to open their Los Padres League campaign.  Sophomore Brayden Groshart's passing stats are gradually picking up. He's up to 104 yards a game average in passing. Luis diego-Riquelme leads the rushing attack at a solid 64 yards a game. Middle linebacker Keyshawn Pua helps lead the defense.

Scotts Valley outlook: No statistics were available for the Falcons, who are having an impressive year.

Other game: PAC 5 League: Paso Robles (2-4, 1-0) at San Luis Obispo (1-5, 0-1), 7 p.m. Broadcast: KPRL 1240 AM, ESPN 1280 AM. 8-man: Coast Valley League: Shandon (0-2, 0-1) at Valley Christian Academy (3-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. Mt. Pinos League: Ojai Thacher (0-6, 0-0) vs. Orcutt Academy (6-1, 1-0), 7 p.m., Santa Maria High School. Bye: Arroyo Grande, Lompoc, Morro Bay.


Sports Reporter