Friday, October 12, 2007

Live blog!

I'm up in Atascadero for the Eagles-Greyhounds game, and I'm doing something new. I'm going to periodically update my thoughts on the game as it plays out.

Follow along or read it all later. Either way, it should be fun.

7:10 p.m. -- I'm all plugged in and thinking about some pregame comments back at the office. One of The Tribune's handicapping experts predicts Atascadero to win by 28+ points. Another says "A.G. might have something for them." I think, with two grind it out running offenses, there might be fewer scoring drives and, in turn, fewer points scored. The Greyhounds should win, but the Eagles should make it close.

7:20 p.m. -- It rained all over the county today, and Atascadero is no exception. The field looks muddy and slick -- especially in the middle of the field. We might be in for a low-scoring run fest afterall. Probably because of the rain, the Atascadero crowd looks a little lighter than usual, but the stands are still at least half filled on the home side. Arroyo Grande's crowd looks a little small, too. C'mon, people, it's football weather!

7:45 p.m.--Arroyo Grande turns the ball over on its first drive with an interception on third and 25 deep in their own territory. Holding by Atastcadero on the return saves a touchdown.

7:50 p.m.-- Atascadero goes for it on fourth and 14 at the Eagles' 15. QB Steven Manier scrambles 14 yards, but comes up just short and Arroyo Grande takes over on their own 1.

7:52 p.m.-- The Eagles fumble it right back and Atascadero punches is in no problem. 7-0 Greyhounds. The game looks sloppy. There have already been four penalties and two fumbles.

8 p.m. Greyhounds up 14-0. Arroyo Grande's in trouble if they can't start moving the ball. Atascadero is scoring quickly.

8:05 p.m. -- There is an Arroyo Grande player down after a big hit on the kickoff return. Because of the angle, nobody in the press box can see the number, but the player appeared to be laying motionless after the play. Training staff reacted quickly to the scary situation, and there was an ambulance on scene within a three minutes.

8:12 p.m. -- The rain is really coming down now. If either team passes the ball in this they're crazy. I know I called some fans out for not coming earlier, but I'm glad I'm in the press box instead of getting drenched.

8:16 p.m. -- The player is taken off the field in the ambulance, presumably to a local hospital. Expect updates when they come. It seems like an injury like this happens at least once a year. Arroyo Grande had a player taken to the hospital last season after what looked like a neck injury. It's hard to tell from up here what kind of injury it was, but best case scenario is probably a concussion. I'll hope against anything worse.

8:25 p.m. -- With 114 yards and two TDs early in the second Atascadero RB Nick Tenhaeff is unstoppable. He's big, strong and fast. Arroyo Grande's having a lot of trouble bringin him down. But the Eagles got a big kickoff return.

8:48 p.m. -- Atascadero leads 27-0. Looks like my prediction for a close game was way off. Arroyo Grande has fumbled four times and lost one. The Greyhounds' pass rush and the wet conditions pretty much means any hopes of quick passing scores in the second half are out. And the Eagles' trademark sweeps are getting stuffed in the poor traction.

9:30 p.m. -- Atascadero leads 34-0. Arroyo Grande has slowed down the Greyhounds' scoring frequency, but this one is over with more than 2:30 left in the third.

9:45 p.m. -- Same score with 3:55 left. I'm shutting down, but I'll be back in office later tonight with a couple more thoughts. Thanks for reading.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

So where do I start on the Atascadero killing AG game.....although it was raining through the whole game...Atascadero killed AG....both sides of the ball for Atascadero for the 3rd straight game....but how did Atascadero's D hold AG's O to only a total of 49 yards?....you can't say it was the rain, because Atascadero did fine rushing 344 yards IN THE RAIN....and their (Atascadero) starters were only in there for 2 quarters! I could write a book about how easy Atascadero beat AG but I think EVERYONE gets the point! LOL

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a team score against Atascadero so we can see the starting "O" stay in the whole game.....I would love to see how many yards they could rack up! :)

Anonymous said...

You'll see plenty against Paso. Lompoc was a tougher opponent then AG. It is easy to conclude Paso will give Atas plenty to worry about. Paso will beat Atascadero. Sorry, I know that hurt.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Nelson will run all over A-towns D.

Anonymous said...

AG just isn't the same power it once was..

Anonymous said...

I know you must be drunk off all that wine...so when you sober up please explain what happened with Atascadero vs Dinuba.....Atascadero shut them out huge and held them to only 160 total yards....and Dinuba is 2x better than paso...at the least.

I hope paso scores a touchdown or 2 against Atascadero because then Atascadero will keep their first O in and kill paso 45+ to 21- (this is alot more realistic than some stupid guess) LOL :)

Anonymous said...

Oh and as far as that little running back you've got there.....Atascadero held the 2nd highest recruited running back in the nation (Daryl Scott from St. Bonaventure) to 202 yards, which might now sound so great but this Daryl Scott is 4x the running back than who ever that kid in paso is....so once again I'll be more realistic and say the kid from paso might get 70 yards rushing!

SORRY I KNOW THAT HURT?!! LOL (gosh I felt stupid saying that)

Anonymous said...

Let's review. What has A-town done recently. Last week beat a 2-4 AG team. The weel before had off and the week before that beat a 0-7 Clovis team. Yep they are ready to play football. A-towns only winns this year will probably be against AG and Lompoc. Step aside, Paso is coming through.

Anonymous said...

I'll give you this.....paso might be 2/5 the team atascadero is....whatever way you want to look at the 2 teams.

For everyone who's new to this Paso vs Atas. rivalry.....last year paso was talking trash, saying how they're the best no matter what win or lose....and atascadero shut them up with 42-6 win.

What we all have to realize is paso will say they are the best even if they are 0-9 and all the teams they lost to were each 0-9.
Funny thing is I think Morro Bay or Templeton would give A-town more of a run for their money than paso, well since we all know Morro Bay is better than paso...lol truth hurts

Anonymous said...

One thing we know for sure is that ATAS is the 2006 PAC-7 champs. This year still needs to be played out. This weekend will clear things up somewhat.

Anonymous said...

To the guy asking what A-town has done lately: Are you joking? Sure, Atascadero beat a 2-4 AG team, had a week off, and beat an 0-7 Clovis team in the last three weeks. But the week before that, Atascadero beat Dinuba, who was 2-0 heading into the game and is 3-0 since. The week before that, Atascadero beat Thousand Oaks on the road. Paso, meanwhile, beat a 2-4 Lompoc team last week, had a bye the week before that, LOST to West a week before that, beat a 1-6 Ridgeview team a week before that and needed a big second half to beat Hanford the week before that, and that Hanford win is still the best win the Bearcats can claim.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected. ATAS is the 2007 PAC-7 champs. Congratulations to the Atasscadero Greyhounds.

Anonymous said...

Yes Anonymous 6:23PM....yes you're correct!

Oh and Anonymous 6:59 AM you too!

Anonymous said...

I was wrong, Atascadero is NOT the PAC-7 champs, Morro Bay is.........
Or at least they think they are.

Samantha said...

You forgot you update back at the office like you said you would! Leaving us all hanging....