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Eagles struggle against Cabrillo

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016

Photos by Nicholas Mattson/Atascadero News Templeton High School sophomore Jack Trimble passes during the Sept. 16 game against the Cabrillo Conquistadores at THS Volunteer Stadium.

Strong goal line stands not enough for Templeton

TEMPLETON — The Eagles ran a step behind the Conquistadores on Friday night, and could not overcome the gap as Cabrillo came into Templeton High School and ran away with the varsity football victory at Volunteer Stadium, 24-12.

Templeton had few answers for Cabrillo High School senior Cody Perry, who ran for 162 yards.

Despite the open field issues the Eagles had with Perry, they ended two Cabrillo drives when it mattered most — on the goal line.

The second goal-line stand gave life to an Eagles’ team that needed to capitalize, trailing 9-6 in the third quarter. Cabrillo had a second and goal from the 5-yard line, and gave it to Perry up the middle. THS senior Josh Morris broke in beneath the blocking to wrap up Perry from behind, saving the touchdown on second down. Forcing a third and goal from the 1.

Cabrillo went to Perry again, but the Eagles line packed the middle and stuffed the run at the 1-foot line.

On fourth and goal, Morris did it again, breaking past the Conqs blocking to get his arms around Perry, and the rest of the defense closed in to force a turnover on downs.

Unfortunately, Cabrillo scored on the first down of the Eagles offensive drive. A fumble by Templeton was recovered in the end zone by Cabrillo, and the Conqs took a 17-6 lead with 8:30 remaining in the third.

The Conquistadores retained the two-score lead through the final whistle for the win.

Templeton (1-2 overall) goes on the road on Friday, to face Santa Ynez (3-0 overall), which has been dominating foes, with a 122-7 point differential against San Marcos (52-0), Carpinteria (42-0), and Nipomo (28-7). The game begins at 7 p.m.

The Eagles’ game starts and ends with its defense, so it will be a big test of their strength against the Pirates.

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