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Injuries hamper Hounds

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016

Photos by Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News Atascadero High School junior Kobe Cross carries through traffic against St. Francis on Sept. 16 at AHS Memorial Stadium.

St. Francis storms Atascadero at home

ATASCADERO — Coming off a two-game losing streak, the Atascadero High School was looking to pitch the sails back in their favor, but St. Francis of Mountain View was not going to be the ones to give the Greyhounds that bone.

The Lancers showed up to score the first 31 points of the game, including a 60-yard run to begin the game.

St. Francis was bigger, stronger, faster, and Atascadero had several starting players watching from the sidelines, nursing injuries.

Atascadero posted a score in the third quarter to make it 31-6, but the Lancers scored again with a field goal to improve to 34-6 and never really let the Greyhounds get back into the game.

With several key players sidelined with a variety of injuries, just leaving the game healthy was a victory for the Greyhounds.

Despite the poor offensive production by Atascadero, AHS senior quarterback Carson Rinkenberger came away from the game with a decent performance. He was hurried and sacked, early and often for total losses of 24 yards. He stood tall in the pocket, however, and turned out an 11 for 21 passing performance, with seven of those going to senior Elijah Cooks — who also caught both touchdown passes for Atascadero’s scores.

Cooks caught seven passes for 113 yards, with a long of 37 yards. On the ground, the top three rushers carried for a total of 78 yards — junior Kobe Cross (34), senior Logan Armstrong (24), and senior Rene Vasquez (20). Junior Arik Machado added six yards on one carry.

Keeping the season in perspective, Atascadero is focused on getting ready for a highly competitive PAC 5 League, with Paso Robles (4-0 overall) and Arroyo Grande (3-1 overall) posing as big threats in the league schedule.

On Friday, the Greyhounds go on the road to Madera for a game against the Coyotes (0-4 overall). The Coyotes will defend their home turf against the invading Greyhounds, and the Greyhounds will look to bring a victory home with them on the bus.

The game begins at 7 p.m. today at Madera High School stadium.

For the complete article see the 09-23-2016 issue.

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