ATASCADERO— It was
After Cullen Cooper made a great play breaking up a pass on third down where he came off of man coverage to make the play on the ball, the Atascadero offense came out energized and constructed their best drive
Friday’s game came with three bizarre calls — one just an odd play, one a controversial ruling and one that was clearly the wrong call. The first of these three calls came just before the end of the second quarter as the Hounds were trying to score and put momentum on their side going into halftime. The Hounds were in the
The Greyhound homecoming was Disney-themed and well choreographed. Students danced to all kinds of different iconic
Going from potentially two scores down, to having the ball at the 20-yard line,
That was as close as the game would get as the Hounds offensive line started enforcing their will on the undersized Tigers. Atascadero started using both tight ends, Seth Robasciotti and Kamren Brown and running directly behind them. Cooper began bludgeoning the Tiger defense with physical runs from fullback Cross, then would call Machado’s number as a change of pace to run past the tired defenders. Both ball carriers finished the evening with more than 100 yards rushing. Machado finished with 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Cross finished with 118 yards and a touchdown of his own. As all teams do against the Hounds, the Tigers left their corners on an island as they filled the box trying to stop the run, but they simply didn't have big enough men to stop the Hounds.
The last strange call, which was flat-out wrong, came after the Hounds scored at the start of the fourth quarter, giving them a 21-0 lead. On the kickoff after the score Atascadero kicked the ball high and angled it toward the sidelines, forcing the SLO receiver to wave his hand over his head, declaring a fair catch. While the ball was still high in the air, the referee began blowing his whistle, signifying that the play was dead, but the play wasn't dead yet because the ball was still in the air. The Tiger receiver dropped the ball and the Hounds recovered. With less than six minutes to go in the game, it seemed over. Then the referees announced that there was an inadvertent whistle, and because they blew the whistle prematurely, the play did not stand. Atascadero had to
The Atascadero defense charged onto the field determined to get the ball back to their offense, and that's exactly what they did. A bad snap on first down put the Tigers in an early hole. After a short gain on second, SLO faced a third and long and needed to pass. On third down the SLO quarterback tried to force a ball
On the very first offensive play after the turnover, VanAllen went up top connecting with Cade Sokolowski on a deep
Atascadero was able to add one more score late when they called a trick play to get one of their senior
The Hounds won the game 35-14 which brings their overall record to 3-5 on the season and 1-1 in PAC 5. Atascadero will host Arroyo Grande this Friday at seven as they try to make up ground on the league leader and their bitter rival Paso Robles.