Bearcats end season at home

PASO ROBLES — The Bearcats season ended this last Friday at the hands of the Damien High School.

Spartan quarterback Warren Bryan made it known that he was the best athlete on the field as he almost single-handedly beat the Bearcats. Bryan accounted for 378 of the Spartans’ 458 total yards, which is 82.5 percent of the team's total offense coming from one man's legs and arm. He finished the game going 20 for 30 with 331 yards through the air and five touchdowns to go along with 47 yards rushing on nine carries.

Bryan played like a high school version of Russell Wilson if Wilson was 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. Bryan put his stamp on the game in the first quarter when the game was tied at seven.

Damien had scored on their previous possession and Paso Robles had just answered on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Reese Brumley to Max Weisner. The momentum of the game looked to be in the Bearcats’ favor as the Spartans were lining up for a third-and-22 from their own 15 with a three and out staring them in the face.  

Bryan lined up in the shotgun, taking three steps back as he looked downfield. One Bearcat defensive lineman broke through the line and had a clean shot at him. As the lineman was closing in on Bryan, he reversed his field and spun out of the pocket dropping another seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. He shuffled to his left as he looked for an open receiver.

Then he heaved the ball as far and high as he could as a Spartan receiver darted open at the 50-yard line. The ball fell perfectly into his arms for a huge gain and with it all the momentum in the stadium.

The Spartans would convert a fourth and one later on in the drive before scoring their only rushing touchdown of the evening. That drive changed the momentum and eventually the outcome of the game. The Spartans executed a perfect two-minute drill just before the half to give them a 21 to seven lead at the halfway point and added two more scores in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

The Bearcats saw the return of Julian Madrigal on Friday who sat out the Atascadero game for an undisclosed reason but played without Hunter Barnhart and Nathan Garcia. Other than the 70-yard touchdown pass, Madrigal was the Bearcats’ only source of offense. In his final game, the senior carried the ball 34 times for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

In search of some offense, J.R. Reynolds and the Bearcats’ coaching staff abandoned the pass and turned to Daede Murphy at quarterback. Murphy and Madrigal ran a form of the read-option wildcat for the Bearcats’ most successful drive of the night which ended in a Madrigal 19-yard score.

Sources from Damien say their senior quarterback is currently deciding which college he will attend next season and has over a dozen offers from various Division 1 schools for both quarterback and defensive back.

The Bearcats finish the season as PAC 5 league champions with a record of (5-5) overall.


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