Foothill’s football team opened the season Friday, Aug. 25, losing to Atascadero, 27-21, in overtime, in a nonleague game in Atascadero.
Atascadero took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter but Foothill rallied to take a 14-13 lead at halftime.
The Knights then moved out to a 21-13 lead in the third quarter before Atascadero scored to make it 21-19. After a bad snap on the extra point attempt, the Atascadero holder picked up the ball and ran in for a two-pointer to tie the game.
The game went into overtime tied, 21-21. Foothill started with the ball and missed a 39-yard field goal.
Atascadero scored on their possession to win the game.
“It was heartbreaking for the Knights program but a great experience for the kids being able to stay on campus at Cal Poly and live an abbreviated life of a college student athlete,” said Foothill Coach Doug Case. “It was truly an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Foothill was led by Derek Benjamins, who rushed for 85 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.
Knights junior quarterback Andrew Dukas completed 10 of 15 passes for 76 yards, one rushing touchdown and one touchdown pass.
The other Knights quarterback, sophomore JD Curran completed 5 of 11 passes for 39 yards.
Wide receiver Mason Greek had three catches for 22 yards and one touchdown for Foothill.
The Knights will now get ready to host crosstown rival Tustin on Friday, Sept. 1. Foothill is the home team for the 7 p.m. game.
Foothill leads the series 29-23-2 and won last year’s game, 13-0.
“This is going to be another epic battle between two improving teams with bragging rights for the year on the line,” Case said. “The Knights are going to have to stop Tustin’s running game to be victorious.
“We need to control the tempo of the game. If they have the ball most of the game it makes every possession crucial. Every year has been a battle with many a game coming down to the last possession. Don’t miss this crosstown rival game,…