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Quarterback combo leads to win over SLO

Posted: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016

Photo by Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News & Paso Robles Press Templeton High School senior Nate Avery runs for a 27-yard gain against San Luis Obispo in the first quarter of Friday night’s game at THS Volunteer Stadium.

Scovell and Trimble make dynamic duo

TEMPLETON — Protecting the “nest” at Volunteer Stadium in the home opener, the Templeton High School varsity football team finished strong to win against the San Luis Obispo Tigers for the third year in a row, 15-6, on Friday.

The Eagles took the field behind alternating quarterbacks — junior Morgan Scovell and sophomore Jack Trimble — and took the first-half lead, although the Eagles were unable to put the ball over the goal line.

The defense for the Eagles were the safety net keeping the Tigers from converting on their own attack. A couple long breaks for the Tigers were stopped short of the goal line to retain the small lead for the Eagles.

SLO running back broke through the middle of the Eagles’ defense, and tore downfield with nothing between him and the goal, until THS senior Gaston “Flash” Bryars tracked him down for the tackle from behind inside the 10-yard line.

The Eagles’ defense earned a turnover on the next play, diving on a fumble to wrestle it away from the Tigers and save a potential score. Senior Josh Morris was first to make contact and create the turnover, and a dog-pile ensued to produce the possession for Templeton.

The offense was unable to turn the possession into a score, but kept SLO out of the end zone which was a small victory.

“Defense played well all night,” Lane said. “That [turnover] was a huge turn of events for us, they didn’t give up on that play. The defense as a whole played really well, and our coach Alvord had a great game plan. The players executed.”

First half highlights roused the crowd, including a 27-yard jaunt by senior running back Nate Avery, but left the scoreboard lonely.

The Eagles’ single score came on a safety, and Templeton held a 2-0 lead headed into the second half.

“In the first half, we ended in their side of the field a few times,” Lane said, “but we shot ourselves in the foot with flags and other things.”

With the game in the balance, Templeton turned it up in the second half to please the crowd with a win.

THS head coach Tyler Lane continued to field the two quarterbacks as he looks for the keys to his offense.

“We are trying to utilize each guy’s strengths and switch up the look,” Lane said.

The power for the offense stayed with Avery, who led the Eagles with 107 yards on the ground and 35 yards receiving, including a 40-plus yard touchdown run to add to the Eagles lead.

True to his game plan, Lane gave freshman Shane Simonin eleven carries, and the rookie provided 44 yards for the Eagles as the second-leading rusher.

Junior Clay Simons matched Avery in receiving with 35 yards on five receptions. Senior Dylan Prins caught twice to add 26 yards to the Eagles’ total of 114 yards receiving.

Leading the team from the sidelines, a staff of local alumni put work back in where they grew up. THS alumni Kevin Hamers (1997) and Gilbert Mendez (1996) both coached the kids with passion and purpose alongside THS alum Ben Swan and AHS alum Tim Alvord.

“Having some old-school Templeton guys back in the program, it is great seeing them bring back that tradition,” Lane said about his staff. “It is different when you spent time in our locker room. Kevin and Gilbert are great guys to have to show the young players how it all works.”

Cleaning up the jitters that plagued the Eagles in the opener the week prior, Templeton held the upper hand to keep the streak going against the larger San Luis Obispo, and improved their record to 1-1.

The Eagles (1-1) host their third home game in a row tonight at 7 p.m. against Cabrillo High School (1-2). The Conquistadores recovered from two huge losses to start the season to earn a win against Santa Maria last week for the team’s first victory, 22-15.

“[The Conquistadores] look pretty good,” Lane said. “It will be a similar matchup to the San Luis game, a rock em sock em.”

The Eagles will still rotate through the quarterbacks.

“We will still bounce around and wait for someone to make it impossible to take him out,” Lane said. “I’m waiting for someone to take charge.”

For the complete article see the 09-16-2016 issue.

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