Central rolls Paso Robles


Reigning CIF champions look poised for another run

PASO ROBLES — The Bearcats faced a tall order on Friday night as they welcomed in the reigning CIF Central Section Division 1 football champions and currently top-ranked team to War Memorial and were defeated handily 62-0. Fresno-Central has spent the season atop the rankings after defeating Buchanan, who Paso Robles played in their first game this season and lost 55-3, in the championship game a year ago and certainly looks like the team to beat this year.

It took Central two plays to score on its opening possession that started with an inside handoff, that went for 45 yards and ended on a pass to the front pylon.

Paso Robles responded on its next possession with a promising drive of its own. Braden Waterman and Marshall Weisner connected on two passes amassing around 30 yards, but the drive stalled and ended with a missed field goal.

The Bearcats hung with the section’s top team for around a quarter before they began to pull away. Paso forced one three-and-out thanks to an illegal block in the back. Central ran the ball 10 times for 140 yards and did the majority of its damage through the air. Senior quarterback Trent Tompkins finished the evening completing 15-of-24 passes for 301 yards and seven touchdowns.

Paso was never able to get their offense moving and finished the night with only 21 total rushing yards.

The Bearcats (1-3)  look to bounce back on Friday, Sept. 14 when they travel to Santa Maria to take on Pioneer Valley (1-2). The Panthers have lost to two teams that are currently in the Mountain League in St. Joseph, 35-0, and Righetti, 35-19, but come into the match fresh off a win against Cabrillo, 43-0.


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