PASO ROBLES— The Paso Robles Bearcats football games for this week have been canceled due to “extreme heat.” The information came via a press release from the school early Thursday morning stating, “Officials from the Kern High School District have canceled all football games and athletic activities.” The game has been rescheduled for October 20, this time against Foothill High School, which was originally a bye week. Temperatures in Bakersfield are expected to reach as high as 110 on Friday.
Last week the Bearcats faced off against Lemoore High School in their week zero home matchup last Friday. The stands were filled with crimson as the Bearcats welcomed the Tigers into War Memorial Stadium for their first game on the new turf. Their was a palpable excitement in the air, an almost tangible excitement for the return of the communities Friday night entertainment.
From the opening possession the Bearcat defense looked stout under Head Coach Larry Grant. It seems his years of patrolling the defensive backfields in the professional ranks has began to trickle down to his Bearcat defenders. Senior defensive end Isiah Espinoza and junior linebacker Nathan Garcia led the way for the defense in their opening game. Espinoza was a tackling machine, showing up all over the field, wreaking havoc almost at will. Espinoza’s displayed an uncanny ability to make tackles, According to Maxpreps.com he recorded an astounding 11 solo tackles (16 total) and one tackle for a loss. The next closest player in tackles was Garcia, who finished the game with six solo tackles and eight in total.
The Bearcats forced multiple three and outs and held Lemoore scoreless until the very end of the first half, only allowing 12 point in total.
The offense was led by the senior backfield duo of quarterback Zach Hanson and running back Julian Madrigal. Madrigal ran hard all night, falling forward almost every time he was tackled. The offense had real trouble moving the ball against the Lemoore defense, especially inside the redzone. Paso Robles tried to get on the board two times in the first half via the field goal unit. Coach Grant likes to have a well rounded team that masters all three phases of the game, offense, defense, and special teams, and his confidence in the kicking unit showed Friday. Cade England lined up for two kicks, fairly deep kicks, in the first half, but both fell just short of the bottom crossbar.
Offense coordinator JR Reynolds will now have some time to find an answer as the Bearcats wont head to Bakersfield until October. Foothill High School lost to Kennedy High (55-6) last Friday.
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