Paso Robles accomplished the improbable after entering the season dropping the first three games and running nine of the 10 games with an interim head coach, J.R. Reynolds. Despite the adversity, and against four determined PAC 5 opponents, the Bearcats ran the table and earned an undefeated 2017 league title.
The league title came with the sweet taste of rivalry victory — a 21-14 win over the Atascadero Greyhounds on Friday, Nov. 3.
Entering league play, the Bearcats lugged a 1-4 record around their neck and opened against the heavy league favorite Arroyo Grande.
Dispatching the Eagles, 28-7, and the Bearcats were then the ones with the target on their back. Another big win, 46-4, over San Luis Obispo and the anticipation rose for the potential high stakes game against Atascadero to finish as champs — but first the ‘Cats had to get through the Righetti Warriors, a potential upset.
Paso fell behind in the first quarter, 0-7, but roared back into the lead with 14 unanswered points in the second and finished with a 23-14 win and secured the league title.
The only thing left on the table was to finish off the Greyhounds and keep a perfect record in tact. Our Paso Robles Bearcats did just that, beginning with a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Bearcats held off a late-game charge to clinch the undefeated title for Paso Robles, and notch another win over the rival Greyhounds — a rivalry which is nearing the century mark.
From all of us at PASO Magazine, congratulations to Bearcat Country — all the players, fans, families, and coaches that made it happen in 2017. Enjoy it, because it will be time to start getting ready for next year soon!