They played to a 20-20 tie Thursday at Tracy High’s Wayne Schneider Stadium after they took turns coming up with big plays.
The first came from Tracy’s Deondre Wilson, who spoiled West’s first-quarter march toward the end zone when he intercepted West quarterback Bobby Landrum’s pass on the goal line and ran it back all the way for a touchdown.
The teams traded possessions after that until late in the second quarter, when West’s Landrum had to chase after a bad snap, regained control of the ball, and found D.J. Villasenor downfield for a 55-yard pass play that brought West within 13 yards of the Tracy goal line. Landrum connected with Kenishi Silva for the touchdown, and Villasenor kicked the point-after.
Villasenor said afterward that the West team, now 0-2-2, was eager to make the crosstown match the Wolf Pack’s best game yet this season.
“The coach told us that we needed to have attitude, so I thought we brought a lot of attitude out here,” he said, adding that his team need to change its outlook after last week’s loss at Freedom High.
“The whole team was pumped and ready and that helped.”
Right after the Pack scored West picked up a Tracy fumble on the kickoff and ended up on the Tracy 34-yard line. With a 13-yard pass to Mitchell Selna and a couple runs himself, Landrum carried the ball in from the 5-yard line for West’s second touchdown. Villasenor missed the kick, which made it 13-6 in West’s favor at the half.
Tracy controlled the ball for most of the third period as quarterback Luke Hanna, Wilson, Alec Barba and Stanley Burrell moved the ball downfield. At the 2-yard line the Bullpups’ offensive line opened up a gap that let Wilson make a quick run into the end zone. Tracy missed the point after and West kept the lead at 13-12.
Hanna said that the third quarter showed that his team has learned to work as a unit.
“In the second half we came out fighting. We had a couple tough breaks but after that we were good and we played hard,” he said. “The past couple of games we’ve been playing two quarters instead of four. Tonight we played four quarters.”
Tracy coach Jay Fishburn said he was encouraged to see his team come into the third quarter with the confidence that they could make up for the halftime deficit.
“They had the opportunity at halftime to step up and play ball and they stepped up. Anytime they do that it’s a good thing.”
Tracy’s Wilson again found room to run around the right side in the fourth quarter, and sprinted 58 yards for a touchdown. Tracy needed to make up for its missed kick, and Barba came through with a run into the end zone for a 2-point conversion and a 20-13 lead for the Bullpups.
West got the kickoff with 5:30 left to play and controlled the ball and the clock as Villasenor ran the ball downfield, and Landrum found Shawn Frisbie for a 14-yard pass and connected with Selna on an 11-yard pass that put West inches away from the goal line. Villasenor made the final push for the touchdown, and kicked the point-after to tie it up 20-20.
The crosstown match for the sophomore teams begins at 5 p.m. Friday, at Wayne Schneider Stadium and the varsity game starts at 7:15 p.m. Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.