The Bulldogs (3-2) won it 29-7 with a persistent offense that pulled ahead of West 10-7 in the first half and wore down West’s defense in the second half. West (0-5) went three-and-out on four of the Pack’s first five possessions as Tracy held onto the ball for nearly 17 of the 24 minutes in the first half.
Tracy senior quarterback Luke Hanna completed 15 of 24 passes for 192 yards for the night, including eight passes for 113 yards to sophomore wide receiver Joshua Clark.
“I think the offensive line blocked real well. I was trying my hardest to get open and Luke hit me every time,” Clark said. “I think our confidence is just going to keep building up. We practice hard and it pays off in the game.”
For as much time as Tracy held the ball in the first half, though, the Bulldogs reached the end zone just once when Hanna scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter. Senior Tommy Langley kicked a 25-yard field goal at the end of the half.
“I thought our defense played well the whole game,” West coach Matt Loggins said. “We played a lot more snaps on defense than they had to. Their offense is very explosive and we did some things to limit that.”
West scored in the second quarter after the Pack got within field goal range. Senior D.J. Villasenor took the snap on the field goal attempt, and then stood up and passed up the middle. Tracy’s defenders tipped the ball, but West junior Scott Romo grabbed the ball on the 1-yard line. Junior running back Kepa Saaga punched the ball in for West’s only touchdown, and Jackson Nott made the kick.
Tracy had 81 yards rushing in the first half and 185 total yards on the ground, including 62 yards on 19 carries for Hanna, and 38 yards on 11 carries for senior fullback Bruce Russell. Junior running back Eric Hawkins had 36 yards rushing on eight carries and caught three passes for 61 yards.
“The first half we had our ups and downs,” Hawkins said. “The second half we got a little lecture. We went out there and went to business. We executed plays and dominated on the field.”
Tracy coach Matt Shrout said he leaned on Hanna at halftime.
“I thought Luke played horrible in the first half,” Shrout said. “I called him out in front of all of his teammates at halftime and he rose to the occasion and played very well the second half. That’s what we need to see out of him. His ability to get better and play hard.”
Hanna scored again for Tracy on a 3-yard run at the start of the third quarter, made an 8-yard touchdown pass to Hawkins at the start of the fourth, and made a 2-yard touchdown pass to Clark in the fourth. Langley made two of three point-after kicks.
West finished with 136 yards of total offense. Saaga ran the ball 10 times for 68 yards, and senior quarterback Bobby Landrum completed three of 11 passes for 52 yards.
Tracy’s sophomores beat West 36-14 on Friday. Tracy quarterback Jake Serrato completed two touchdown passes to Angelo Arnaudo, Brandon Russell ran in two touchdowns and Robert Ramirez also ran in a touchdown. West quarterback Alex Martinez completed touchdown passes to Daryn Higaki and Spencer Carroll, both in the fourth quarter, and Ivan Terriquez made the kick both times.
Tracy won the freshman game 27-16 on Thursday, Sept. 20, at West High. The Bulldogs took a 20-0 lead at the half and scored again in the fourth quarter before West got on the scoreboard. C.J. Hawkins and Conner Johnson each scored two touchdowns for Tracy, including a touchdown pass from Thomas Greeley to Hawkins, and Hawkins was three-for-four on point-after kicks. West quarterback James Gibbons passed to Dominic Pecchio and Christian Velasco for touchdowns, and Kyle Shipman and R.J. Parungao scored the 2-point conversions for West.
Manteca 42, Kimball 25
The visiting Buffaloes (2-2) won the opening game of Valley Oak League play at Kimball High Friday. Manteca had a 21-13 lead at the half, with the Jaguars (1-3) scoring on a 15-yard pass from Zack Johnson to Evan Owens, and on a 25-yard pass from Johnson to Damon Jackson, both in the second quarter.
Manteca scored again in the third quarter and twice more in the fourth. Kimball scored in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard run for William Snell and on a 20-yard run for Johnson.
Manteca won the sophomore game 52-14. Jacob Taloa scored for Kimball on a 6-yard run in the second quarter and Alejandro Bullock scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth and Donovan Haro scored a 2-point conversion in the fourth.
Manteca’s freshmen beat Kimball 55-14. Marcus Vega and Rinaldo Tijero scored Kimball’s touchdowns, and Trevor Johnson caught on 2-point conversion after the second touchdown.
Millennium 54, Woodland Poly 6
The Falcons (1-4) won their first game of the season 54-6 against the Buffaloes from Woodland Poly High of Woodland at Big Valley Christian High School in Modesto on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Falcons dominated the game from the start to take a 47-0 lead at the half. Millennium dialed back its game in the second half. The Buffaloes, playing the first varsity football game for the school, scored in the third quarter and the Falcons scored one more in the fourth.
Millennium sophomore Izaiah Williams ran the ball 11 times for 100 yards, including a touchdown run, senior Devon Wright right the ball seven times for 63 yards, including two touchdown runs, and Devonte Kelly and Kyle Murawski also ran in touchdowns.
Millennium also scored on a touchdown pass from Gavin Compton to Alex Lambert, Malik Charles scored on an interception and 46-yard return, and Demaurier Williams scored on a 57-yard punt return.
Leading defenders included Giocomo Oliveri with 11 tackles, Alex Martinez had six tackles, and R.J. McKee and Jake Adams also had interceptions.
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