Game of the Week: Jaguars aim to continue winning ways
by Bob Brownne
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The Kimball High football team will finish up homecoming week with a matchup against Valley Oak League opponent Weston Ranch on Friday, Oct. 11, at Don Nicholson Stadium.

Both teams are 2-3, 1-1 in the VOL. Kimball beat East Union 42-21 on Friday, Oct. 4, and Weston Ranch is coming off of a 62-12 loss to defending VOL champion Oakdale.

This season, the Jaguars have relied mostly on their running game — averaging 222 yards a game, with nearly 114 yards per game for senior Gaige Allen.

Junior Dominique Dixon also has emerged as a top contributor with 41 yards per-game on average, including 96 yards on eight carries last week.

Complete statistics for the Cougars were not available. Kimball and Weston Ranch have faced off three times. The Cougars won in 2010 and 2011 and last year the Jaguars prevailed 55-7.

Game time is 7:15 p.m. in Don Nicholson Stadium.

Tracy vs. Franklin

The Bulldogs (4-1) begin their San Joaquin Athletic Association season against the visiting Franklin Yellow Jackets (3-2) of Stockton.

So far Tracy has mixed up its offense, favoring the ground game with 302 yards rushing per-game, mostly from junior Nate Jones and senior Chaz Briggs.

Senior quarterback Damon Stroup also runs the ball and has led a passing attack that averages more than 63 yards per-game.

Franklin averages nearly 400 offensive yards per-game, split between passing and running, but Tracy coach Matt Shrout has reminded his team that the Yellow Jackets also are good at improvising on broken plays.

"If things go bad for them they always seem to come out of it smelling like roses," he said. "We feel comfortable with what we’re doing, but when they’re on offense and we’re on defense we can’t stop playing because their play got broken up."

Kickoff is 7:15 p.m. in Wayne Schneider Stadium.

Millennium at Stone Ridge Christian

Millennium opens the Central California Athletic Alliance season on the road against the Stone Ridge Christian Knights of Merced.

Millennium coach Jayson Dias said that he’s been conditioning the Falcons (3-2) for a physically tough game against the Knights (2-3), who rarely pass the ball but have compiled an average of 325.5 yards per-game on the ground using a wedge offense.

"They do a good job of doing it," Dias said. "They average seven yards per carry, so it’s effective. We have to stay intense in practice, in our scrimmaging and our drills."

The first CCAA game will show how consistent the Falcons have become. Senior quarterback Mojo Atwal now averages more than 74 yards per-game passing after little success in the Falcons’ first two games.

Junior Izaiah Williams and senior Raymond DelaRosa have led the team to an average of nearly 200 yards rushing.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Castle Airport Field in Atwater.

West at McNair

West’s football team heads to Stockton for the opening game of the Tri-City Athletic League.

West coach Chris Myers expects a competitive matchup, with both West and McNair hungry for their first wins on the field. West (1-4) has a win by forfeit after Liberty of Brentwood fielded an ineligible player on Sept. 6.

Both teams have been outscored by four or five touchdowns on average in each game. McNair averages just over 200 yards of offense, but Myers expects to counter that by giving the Eagles’ quarterback little time to work and stepped-up coverage of the Eagles’ receivers.

"They’ve got guys open and are not hitting them," Myers said. "They’ve got a couple good running backs so they know how to run the football, but they’ve been forced to do something different."

The Pack covers 145 yards of offense in each game. Junior quarterback Kyle Hunt has most of West’s nearly 40 yards per-game passing, and juniors Ashiko Morgan and Chance Wilson have led the way for most of West’s rushing game.

Kickoff is 7:15 p.m. at McNair High.

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

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