Carpinteria comes up short in defensive duel

Carpinteria head coach Ben Hallock called Morro Bay’s 6-0 non-league victory over his Warriors a “defensive struggle.”

Or, in other words:

“I think we struggled a little more offensively than they did,”  Hallock said a few moments later, crediting his defense with keeping the Warriors in the game.

The Pirates managed to record the game’s only scoring play on a third-down run in the second quarter. After a failed two-point conersion made it 6-0, the scoreboard remained the same for good.

“We had our opportunities,” said Hallock, citing two instances. In the second quarter, Carpinteria missed a field goal and in the third quarter, the Warriors wasted a first-and-goal situation by not coming away with any points.

The Warriors also turned the ball over on their final possesion to seal thier fate.

It was the defense and special teams that came up with all the plays, including two fumble recoverys on kicking plays.

Hallock said linebackers Jacob Franco, Jeremy Stein, and lineman John Bustillos did a good job filling the void left by injured senior linebacker Nick Razo.

Carpinteria (0-2) returns home next Friday to face Nipomo.