SANTA MARIA — After losing a tough game to first place Pioneer Valley on Oct. 5, the Templeton Eagles bounced back with a big win on Friday, Oct. 12, over Santa Maria.
The Eagles defeated the Saints, 56-40, and improved their record to 3-5 overall, but now with two wins in the Ocean League, the Eagles are currently in second place overall. Pioneer Valley and Nipomo are tied atop the league at 3-0 and will play each other on Friday, Oct. 19, while the Eagles sit alone at 2-1 in second place.
This sets up a huge game this week for Templeton who welcomes in San Luis Obispo (5-3) who is currently one game behind the Eagles in the league standings at 1-2, but have already played both PV and Nipomo while Templeton will play Nipomo next week in their final game of the regular season.
This was the Eagles best offensive performance under head coach Tyler Lane, who is currently in his third year, as Templeton blasted the Saints with a firehose of offense. During Lane’s three-year tenure, the Eagles have scored more points just once — last season against Cabrillo when Templeton scored 71 points, but have never piled up more yardage and have never been more balanced and lethal. Last Friday night, Templeton racked up nearly 600 yards of total offense, finishing with 597.
Senior quarterback Jack Trimble played an excellent game completing 19 of his 26 passes for 369 yards and six touchdowns and two interceptions. Trimble averaged 19 yards per completion on Friday and finished with a quarterback rating of 122.6 according to Maxpreps.com.
Trimble sprinkled his magic between four different receivers the entire evening making it impossible for the Santa Maria defense to key on anything. Four different Eagles caught passes for Templeton and each of them recorded at least three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
“Oh my gosh is that the number? Holy Smokes,” Lane said to Jon Doss of the VOP after hearing Trimble threw for six touchdowns. “He has just impressed me this year. He didn’t play his junior year and he came in with a neck-and-neck battle with Zack [Logan] and Jack has just flourished. He is an extremely smart young man, I always joke about it, but even this week on Tuesday during lunch he is out at lunch and I’m drawing up plays in my office and send him a text message saying, ‘Hey we are going to put this into practice tonight.’ And all he said was, ‘I got it, coach,’ and he was ready to run it out at practice.”
The lone senior, Ezekiel Mendez, recorded five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, including one circus catch off the helmet of a Saints’ defender that was eventually called back due to a penalty. Junior Robbie Doty brought in three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Junior Marino D’alfonso hauled in five catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns and for the second consecutive week sophomore Tyler Kaschewski proved to be uncoverable as he ran rampant through the Santa Maria secondary recording seven catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles offensive explosion wasn’t contained to the air as Templeton also rushed for 228 yards on the ground led by senior Shane Simonin who knifed through the Saints defense for 129 yards and a touchdown on only 15 carries.
The win for Templeton sets up a huge home game this week as they welcome in the San Luis Obispo Tigers who sit at 1-2 in the Ocean League and just one spot behind the Eagles in the standings. See the football preview on B-13 for me information on the game.