Football: West High gets first home win to cap homecoming week
by Bob Brownne
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West wins homecoming game
West High’s DJ Villasenor hurdles over the Edison player during run in their homecoming game at Steve Lopez Stadium on Friday, Oct.26.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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West High’s football team was ready for a win Friday, Oct. 26.

The Wolf Pack beat the visiting Edison Vikings 27-6 at Steve Lopez Stadium for its first win of the season, and capped the Pack’s homecoming week.

After a sluggish first quarter marred by penalties on both sides, the Pack (1-8, 1-3 Tri-City Athletic League) took a 10-0 lead over Edison (2-7, 0-4 TCAL) in the second quarter and had the winning spirit in the second half.

“We were fired up going into halftime winning, so we just wanted to keep it going,” junior fullback Kepa Saaga said.

He led the Wolf Pack’s rushing attack with 161 yards on 16 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

In all West covered 368 yards on the ground, including 233 in the second half.

Senior Kenny Silva ran the ball 11 times for 90 yards, with an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. West senior quarterback Bobby Landrum completed three of four passes for 33 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Scott Romo in the first quarter.

Romo said the win is a huge relief after a rough season.

“All year we went through so much adversity. It feels great that it finally paid off,” Romo said. “We were tired of losing and we were ready to go.”

West also scored on two field goals from Jackson Nott, including a 26-yard kick at the start of the second quarter and a 35-yard kick at the start of the fourth. Nott also was three-for-three on point-after kicks.

West’s defense held Edison to 103 yards rushing and 120 yards passing. Deandre Thompson and Marius Williams both had interceptions for West, and Calvin Ogamba picked up an Edison fumble on a kickoff in the third quarter to set up West’s third touchdown drive.

West coach Matt Loggins said he pushed his team hard in practice after a 49-3 loss last week at St. Mary’s.

“It’s been a season of adversity and perseverance, but losing like we did last week, I really challenged them Saturday,” Loggins said. “We really pushed them and we just said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to become a team,’ and we really gave a team effort tonight.”

West’s sophomores beat Edison 42-14. West (3-5-1, 3-1 TCAL) scored in the first quarter on two touchdown runs for Chance Wilson and a touchdown run for Daryn Higaki.

Demari Taylor ran in a touchdown in the second quarter, Tucker Morris ran one in during the third, and Kyle Hunt ran in a touchdown in the fourth. Ivan Terriquez was 6-for-6 on point-after kicks.



Kimball 55, Weston Ranch 7

The Jaguars took another step forward in the Valley Oak League with a win at Weston Ranch in Stockton on Friday.

Kimball (4-5, 3-3 Valley Oak League) dominated the first half against the Cougars (4-5, 2-4 VOL) for a 35-7 halftime lead.

Senior running back Evan Owens led the Jaguars’ ground game with 154 yards rushing, including a 50-yard touchdown run, and had two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Zack Johnson, who had 125 yards passing and 87 yards rushing, including a 47-yard touchdown run.

Alex Toledo ran in two touchdowns, and Austin Griffith scored on an 80-yard punt return and on a fumble recovery and 30-yard return.

Kimball’s defensive effort included interceptions for Issa Yusef and Josh Searle.



Tracy 28, Chavez 20

Tracy High’s football team made a second-half comeback to hang on to second place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association and also put the Bulldogs in good shape to make the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

Tracy (6-3, 3-1 SJAA) had to overcome first quarter turnovers at Franklin High in Stockton on Friday, Oct. 26.

“Once we settled down we did what we were supposed to do,” Tracy coach Matt Shrout said.

Bruce Russell ran in his second touchdown of the night in the third, and Nate Jones scored on a 65-yard kickoff return in the third to put Tracy in the lead, 22-20.

Russell had one more score in the fourth, and totaled 119-yards on 22 carries and also ran in two 2-point conversions. Sophomore quarterback Michael Brown ran for 92 yards on 16 carries.



Sierra Ridge-Rite of Passage 32, Millennium 12

Millennium scored once more in the fourth on Devon Wright’s 11-yard run, but the Falcons were unable to keep up with the Rams (2-7, 1-3 CCAA), who also scored twice in the fourth quarter.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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