The local sophomore teams battled for an advantage Friday at West High. West's second quarter plays would make the difference in the Wolf Pack's 17-7 win over Tracy.
After the teams went scoreless the first quarter, the Wolf Pack (2-2) put together an 80-yard drive in the second where quarterback Bobby Landrum twice connected on key passes to Deandre Thompson, including a 13-yard pass and a 31-yard pass, helping to set up 9-yard touchdown run for Karlton Dyers.
West’s Tom Coffelt picked up a Tracy fumble on the next series, and Landrum again led the way to set up 9-yard pass from Landrum to Gabe Miller in the right corner of the end zone. That made it 14-0 at the half. D.J. Villasenor made both point-after kicks.
Landrum said the West team prepared by working on its blocking, with passing routes in mind. He said his team was prepared to face Tracy.
“We were better than them and we were ready to win,” he said.
West coach Tom O’Hara said that the team did a good job executing its passing game.
“We wanted to go outside and stretch the field,” he said. “We practice that. We practiced (Miller’s) touchdown at the end of the first half. Some of the stuff we worked on worked really well.”
Tracy (0-4) controlled the ball for most of the second half, with quarterback Luke Hanna and running back Stanley Burrell Jr. taking turns running the ball in the third quarter. Gino Arnaudo snagged an interception to keep the ball in Tracy’s hands into the fourth quarter. Steady offense got Tracy to the West 1-yard line, where Tracy’s offensive line made room for Hanna to lunge into the end zone. Tommy Langley kicked the point-after.
Landrum got help from Villasenor on the next series, getting West close enough for kicker Jackson Nott to kick a 35-yard field goal.
Manteca 14, Kimball 6
Kimball’s sophomores (1-3) took a loss at home Friday to the Manteca Buffaloes.
Kimball coach Steve Wichman said the 14-6 loss for his team was still a chance to see where his team’s advantages are.
“Defensively I think we did an outstanding job,” Wichman said. “We gave up two plays that ended up costing us, but overall the defense was the team that stands out in my mind.”
Manteca was ahead 14-0 on touchdowns in the second and third quarters. Kimball scored on a 9-yard run to the end zone for Dario Valadez.