ATASCADERO — With all three North County teams hosting non-league games this past Friday it is clear that football season is here. Although it was a non-league game for the Atascadero High School Hounds, it was with a very familiar opponent in the San Luis Obispo Tigers, who are now members of the Ocean League while Atascadero is in the Mountain League.
The Greyhounds and Tigers were tied at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, but two 40-plus yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for San Luis Obispo, 21-14. While Atascadero lost the game, it seems that they have found their quarterback going forward in junior lefty Tyler Chapman. Wesley Cooper started the game for the Hounds, leading the offense on the Hounds’ first drive of each half, but Chapman’s playmaking and escape ability kept him on the field during the Hounds’ most important offensive possessions.
It was penalties and turnovers that ultimately led to the Greyhounds demise on Friday. After opening with a three-and-out on the opening possession, AHS head coach Vic Cooper brought in Chapman who led the Greyhounds on their best drive of the game, connecting with tight end Seth Robasciotti for 11-yards on a third-and-10 and a 55-yard deep ball to Kyle Spurgeon. However, the Hounds fumbled the snap on the next play, recovered it, then fumbled on the next play by dropping the toss sweep, this time with the Tigers recovering.
The Hounds’ defense held strong all night and were only beat on a couple plays, but they each went for huge touchdowns. All three of the Tigers’ touchdowns were longer than 40 yards. In the second quarter, Tigers running back Anthony Arroyo took a handoff up the middle and bounced outside for a 55-yard touchdown run, which gave SLO a 7-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, after the Hounds offensive drive stalled out in scoring territory due to a delay of game penalty and a failed fourth down conversion, the Tigers scored on back-to-back drives to take a 21-7 lead and the Hounds’ comeback ran out of time.