Bearcats fall to defeat against the St. Joseph Knights

NORTH COUNTY — Last Friday night, Oct. 6, the Atascadero Greyhounds secured victory over the Templeton Eagles with a final score of 20-16. The game was filled with suspense, but it was a late touchdown pass that sealed the deal for the undefeated Greyhounds.

Templeton’s River Waltmire was the standout player for the Eagles, contributing all 16 of their points and showcasing his versatility as both a kicker and running back. However, it was Atascadero’s quarterback, Kane Cooks, and wide receiver, Mason Degnan, that stole the spotlight with a last-minute touchdown.

With just 1:32 remaining on the clock, Cooks connected with Degnan on a touchdown pass, giving Atascadero the lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Afterward, Atascadero’s defense held strong, with Cooks intercepting Templeton’s final pass attempt as the Greyhounds kept their undefeated streak alive, with a 7-0 record for the season. 


Meanwhile, the Paso Robles Bearcats faced off against the St. Joseph Knights. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, St. Joseph dominated on the field, securing a 37-7 victory.

Carter Vargas was the standout player for St. Joseph, contributing significantly to their victory by scoring three touchdowns during the evening. The Bearcats finally made it on the scoreboard in the third quarter when quarterback James Cogan connected with Tre Clark in the corner of the end zone for their only touchdown of the night.

Despite their efforts, Paso Robles couldn’t overcome the Knights’ early lead, with St. Joseph surging ahead with 21 points in the first quarter. The strong advantage proved to be impossible for the Bearcats to surpass, leading to a tough defeat.

In the Mountain League standings, St. Joseph continues to trail behind Mission College Prep and Arroyo Grande, both of whom maintain perfect records in league play. 

Photos by Rick Evans / ATN