Eagles blowout Pirates at homecoming

Simonin, Avery each record 100-yard rushing nights

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles football team ran out onto the field to an absolutely packed house on Friday night as they welcomed in their rival for their homecoming game. The stadium was as full as it has been this season and the student section was spilling onto the walkway in front of the seats as they clammered for the best spot to see the action.

The rivals entered the game each with only one win on the season as they began the second half of their season and Ocean League play. The first half of the game suggested this game was going to be an absolute shootout. With both teams scoring on their opening drives, Morro Bay moved the ball through the air with a 30-yard completion capped off with a 12-yard touchdown pass and the Eagles pounded the ball down the field with Simonin who was running for nearly 8 yards a carry.

He finished the evening averaging 7.8 yards a carry and only recorded four carries in the second half, and also took home the crown as homecoming king.

Morro Bay was playing to win and began rolling the dice early. In the ensuing drive after Templeton answered to tie the game at seven apiece, the Pirates went for it on fourth down twice, converting a fake punt at their own 29-yard line on fourth-and-4, a direct snap to the upback, and then scored on a 60-yard pass on fourth-and-5 from their own 40.

After a double pass resulted in an interception at the Pirates’ 5-yard line and a Morro Bay three-and-out, the Eagles found themselves with a short field down 14-7 in the second quarter. A few plays later, Simonin ran in for another of his three touchdowns to even the score again.

Morro Bay missed a 41-yard field goal with just under 2 minutes remaining in the half, giving the Eagles a chance to take the lead into halftime. A long completion from Jack Trimble, who finished 4-for-10 for 103 yards passing, to Robbie Doty got the Eagles into the redzone, where Simonin again ran it in, this time from 6-yards out.

The Eagles entered halftime up 21-14 and did not allow the Pirates to score in the second half. Simonin recorded 19 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and took very few snaps in the second half.

Morro Bay began getting chippy in the second half as Templeton started to pull away. Mike Avery took over as lead back for the Eagles in the second half and picked up right where Simonin left off. Avery scored on the next two Eagles’ drives coming out of halftime to extend the lead to 34-14, one missed extra point, and put the Pirates away. Avery finished the evening with 20 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, Templeton ran for 322 yards on the night.

The final was 41-14 after the Eagles added a late score and Templeton (2-4, 1-0 OL) travels to Pioneer Valley (3-3, 1-0 OL) on Friday, Oct. 5.


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