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Paso Robles High School senior quarterback Steven Schouten throws for a first down to senior Seth Matthysse during the Bearcats’ comeback attempt on Friday night against Arroyo Grande at War Memorial Stadium.
Giving up 21 points to Arroyo Grande proves fatal on Friday
PASO ROBLES — Sometimes you dig a hole that you can’t battle back from and that’s what happened to Paso Robles last Friday night in a 35-28 loss at War Memorial Stadium to open PAC 5 play.
“The clock has struck 12 the past two weeks for the Bearcats,” Bearcat radio commentator Bill Stansbury said. “As they have played better and better teams in the stair step schedule, the spotting the other team 21 points in the first half is not working out.”
The Eagles scored the first three times they touched the ball.
Cameron Johnston scored on a one and five yard run and James Gilmet added a 20 yard touchdown run and it was 21-0 just like that for the Eagles.
“Arroyo Grande came right out mixing run and pass and went right down the field on their first three possessions. They also did a great job of running their plays out of various formations which caused the Bearcats to make a number of different,” Stansbury said.
But just like the Bearcats have down all season long they found a way to get back in the game.
Steven Schouten found Ryan Silliman in the corner of the end zone with less than a minute left in the half for a six yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7.
Sawyer May than threw an interception that gave the Bearcat defense a boost, but the offense didn’t have enough time left in the half to take advantage of it.
“With a touchdown in the second quarter and a late pick just before half time it appeared Paso Robles had all the momentum in front of the giant home coming crowd. But Arroyo Grande did just enough to maintain their lead in the second half. They had two long drives that basically killed the clock,” Stansbury said.
The Bearcats did cut the lead to 21-14 in the third quarter on a one yard touchdown dive by Schouten, but the Eagles executed the rest of the way to earn the win.
Schouten was on top of his game for the Bearcats at quarterback again.
“Steven Schouten has been the heart and soul of the Bearcats this season. He just needs some help at the beginning of the game,” Stansbury said.
The Bearcats played the game without top running back Christian Erickson.
“The Bearcats are beginning to experience the injury bug here later in the season. It appears they may have lost one of their best wide receivers for the year and they had to play without Christian Erickson last week,” Stansbury said. “This may be an opportunity for someone they have not counted on to step up and contribute.”
Paso Robles now controls it destiny to the playoffs.
“The road to to the playoffs is not hard to follow and It leads straight through San Luis Obispo and Righetti and ends at the door step of the Greyhounds,” Stansbury said. “The Bearcats must win the next three games to secure a playoff bid. A loss along this path would lead them on to the bumpy road of the playoff selection committee. Win out and leave no doubt.”
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