The West defense came through at the start of the game by forcing a turnover on McNair’s first possession. Senior safety Gabe Miller picked up the fumble on the Eagle 35-yard line to set up a quick drive. Senior fullback D.J. Villasenor ran it in from the 8-yard line for the touchdown and Jackson Nott made the kick.
West’s lead was short-lived at the Eagles scored on the next drive on Jonathan Stark’s 2-yard run. McNair scored again in the first quarter when quarterback Cedric Phillips passed to Anferny Easter for a 16-yard touchdown. The Eagles scored in the second quarter on Carl Coleman’s 46-yard run and Phillips completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Coleman to make it a 28-7 game at the half.
Miller said afterward that the Wolf Pack did some things right but couldn’t maintain any momentum.
“At first we were executing good,” he said. “After that we just lost focus and couldn’t get it back.”
West was effective on defense in the second half, and the West offense also maintained possession on a couple long drives to use up the clock. The Pack finished one drive with Nott’s 32-yard field goal. The Eagles missed a 23-yard field goal attempt at the end.
“I’m real disappointed in the end of the second quarter,” West coach Matt Loggins said. “We shouldn’t have given up two scores like that. But we came out and shut them out in the second half and showed some resolve with that goal line stand at the end of the game.”
West covered 140 yards rushing for the night, with Miller covering 51 yards on nine carries and Villasenor with 38 yards on nine carries. Senior quarterback Bobby Landrum completed three of 10 passes for 92 yards, including a 60-yard pass to Marius Williams. McNair had 435 yards of offense, including 283 yards rushing and 152 yards passing.
West’s sophomores beat McNair 24-17. Demaurier Taylor scored on a short run in the first quarter, Horatio Venable scored on a 59-yard run in the third, Ivan Terriquez kicked a 45-yard field goal in the third, and Chance Wilson scored on a 51-yard run in the fourth. Ryan Herrera had three sacks, and Justin Donato and Spencer Carroll had eight tackles each.
Kimball 43, Sonora 26
Senior running back Evan Owens led the Jaguars (2-4, 1-2 Valley Oak League) to a win at home on Friday as he ran for 152 yards and had 43 yards receiving in Kimball’s first VOL win over Sonora (3-3, 2-1 VOL).
Owens scored on a 63-yard run in the first quarter and caught a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback Zack Johnson in the second. Senior Alex Toledo also ran in two touchdowns, each from the 1-yard line. His second score came after William Snell snagged an interception to set up an 80-yard drive to the end zone to make it a 29-20 game in Kimball’s favor at the half.
Owens scored on a 22-yard run in the third quarter, and Johnson salvaged a broken play to score on a 50-yard run in the fourth. Zach Orr made five of six point after kicks, and Toledo salvaged one of the point after attempts when he recovered a bobbled snap and passed to Snell for the 2-point conversion.
Sonora won the sophomore game 27-7.
Tracy 47, Franklin 12
The Bulldogs made everything work in their favor Friday night at Franklin High in Stockton to start the San Joaquin Athletic Association season.
“We were all over them on defense and on offense we ran the ball like we wanted to,” Tracy coach Matt Shrout said. He added that the only time the offense didn’t work as expected was on four fumbles, which were the only times that the Yellow Jackets (0-6, 0-1 SJAA) were able to stop the Bulldogs (4-2, 1-0 SJAA).
Tracy covered 388 yards of offense. The Bulldogs’ 250 yards rushing included 69 yards on 11 carries for Bruce Russell and 60 yards on 12 carries for Luke Pulliam. Quarterback Luke Hanna ran in three touchdowns in the first half and Eric Hawkins ran in one. Tracy also scored on a safety in the second quarter as Josh Bongiovanni made a tackle in the end zone. Hanna passed for 138 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Hawkins. Tommy Langley kicked a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter, and Pulliam ran in a touchdown in the fourth. Langley was six-for-six on point-after kicks.
Tracy’s sophomores beat Franklin 50-0. Robert Ramirez ran the ball twice for 80 yards and scored a touchdown, Brandon Russell ran the ball seven times for 77 yards and scored twice, Cole Stroup, Richard Vasquez and Noah Blackwell also ran in touchdowns, and quarterback Michael Brown completed a touchdown pass to Jake Serrato. Anthony Karjaliainen was six-for-six on point-after kicks, and Brown passed to Serrato for a 2-point conversion.
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