Lompoc High made the road trip up to Morro Bay Friday night and routed the Pirates 64-0 for the Braves’ second straight shutout win.
Lompoc has outscored its last two opponents (Nordhoff and Morro Bay) 127-0 as the Braves continue to distance themselves from a frustrating start to the season.
“It was a good team win,” said Andrew Jones, Lompoc’s head coach. “Anytime you shut out an opponent, it’s big for us. I thought our guys didn’t play down to the competition. We’ve been struggling with consistency. I thought overall we were able to come out and create turnovers and took advantage of short fields.”
The defense was dominant across the field, but Jones said sophomore Toa Taua “was everywhere” and nose tackle Jason Ray “had a great safety sack.”
Morro Bay didn’t punt all night, even if the Pirates were on their own 9-yard line, Jones said. That contributed to how quickly the game got away from Morro Bay. It was 37-0 at the end of the first quarter and 54-0 at halftime.
“I’m pleased with the offensive line the last couple weeks,” Jones said. “We got a couple guys back from injury and they’re gelling well. Obviously, we have a lot of weapons on offense.”
But the talented Braves struggled to put their best foot forward during a tough season-opening loss to Arroyo Grande and then in a close, but sloppy, win over Nipomo. Since the Nipomo game, Jones said the team has dropped the bad attitudes and, “morale has gotten a lot better.”
“Our practices have been so good the past couple weeks,” he said. “The camaraderie of the team has improved and everyone is accepting their role. The key is to play well during league.”
The Braves have several games before their first Los Padres League contest. Lompoc hosts Dos Pueblos next Friday.
“They’ll (Dos Pueblos) come ready to play and will beat us if we play like we did versus Nipomo,” Jones said. “If we play like we’re capable, we’ll be fine.”
Valley Christian 28, Lemoore Kings Christian 26
Valley Christian Academy's football team saved its best for last Friday night.
Bryce Taft caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Christian Rohde to tie the score with 20 seconcds left. Noah Mayberry ran in the two-point conversion for the last points and the Lions edged Lemoore Kings Christian 28-26 in a non-league 8-man game at VCA.
The Lions are 2-1. The Crusaders are 0-3.
After Taft scored, "We lined up for the extra point, then they were called for offside," said VCA coach Pete Fortier.
"That moved the ball half the distance to the goal and we decided to go for two." Mayberry made sure the strategy worked.
"Our defense stopped them, they punted and we got the ball one more time," said Fortier. "We scored on the third play," to tie the game.
The Lions out-scored the Crusaders 16-0 in the fourth quarter. Trenton Lane caught a 25-yard pass from Rohde for the first VCA score of the quarter.
Taft ran for 157 yards, Rhode threw for 138 more and the Lions racked up 30 first downs. VCA will take on Shandon at 7 p.m. next Friday night. That game will be VCA's Coast Valley League opener and its homecoming.
Orcutt Academy 37, Downey Calvary Chapel 8
This game was Orcutt Academy's closest of the season, but the Spartans (4-0) still won this non-league 8-man tiff easily at Righetti High School.
Darin Miller threw touchdown passes of 35 yards to Mitchell Carpenter and 50 yards to Isaiah Oropeza in the first half and ran for two scores in the second.
"He was a beast tonight," said Spartans coach Tony Payne.
Jared Sutton had a 40-yard touchdown. As for the Spartans defense, "The only points we gave up came on a kick return," said Payne.
Oropeza made 11 solo tackles for the Spartans, who will host Coast Union at 7 p.m. next Friday night at Santa Maria High School in another non-league game.