West varsity loses amid last-second kick controversy
by Justin Lafferty/ TP staff
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STOCKTON — The final act of Edison High School’s Charles Magnasco Stadium gave the players, coaches and crowd a whodunit cliffhanger against West on Friday night.

Edison’s varsity football team came back to beat West, 22-21, in the last game before the stadium will be largely renovated.

The outcome hinged on a last-second field goal by Wolf Pack senior kicker Adam Crandall. That much is fact, but things got blurry after Crandall booted the ball.

The officials, who were not available for comment after the game, called the kick no good. Vikings players happily ran onto the field, but then there was hesitation and confusion. West players started to celebrate. After that, a referee waved his arms again to signal a miss.

“We know we won,” Wolf Pack (1-6 overall, 0-2 Tri-City Athletic League) senior running back Dexter Alcala said. “Hopefully, we protest it, but there’s nothing you can do about it. You just have to move on.

“I’ll put my life on it, that the ball went past (the crossbar). That’s how confident I am that that ball crossed that post.”

West head coach Steve Lopez echoed Alcala’s sentiments.

“It hit the crossbar and went through,” he said. “That was the commotion. But the officials didn’t see it.”

Parents and fans near the press box on the Edison side of the field were also unhappy. They thought the clock stopped unnecessarily on the final Wolf Pack drive and that Crandall shouldn’t have even had the chance for his field goal attempt.

But at the end of the night, West dealt with the loss and walked off the field.

“They played hard, but (Edison) played great, too,” Lopez said. “It’s bad to lose on the last play of the game, but we made mistakes all around.”

With eight minutes, 34 seconds left in the game, West held a 21-8 lead after junior quarterback Jake Peterson found junior receiver Will Kaigler for a 60-yard touchdown.

On the ensuing drive, the Vikings (4-3 overall, 2-0 TCAL) scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Edward Chavez to bring it to 21-14 after a missed 2-point conversion.

After a Wolf Pack drive failed, Edison scored again with 1:37 left on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Lucky Gonzalez. The Vikings rolled the dice and opted to go for two, a strategy that worked as they took the 22-21 lead on a pass from Chavez to Randolph Blanche in the back of the end zone.

“We shouldn’t have given up that many points in the second half,” Alcala said. “Part of it is our fault, but at the same time, you have that last-second drive, you’ve got to get that kick in there.”

Alcala led the final drive out of the Wildcat formation, lining up at quarterback while Peterson played receiver. With his arm and his legs, Alcala led a drive deep into Edison territory, but it wasn’t enough to get his team its second win of the year.

Alcala completed two passes and carried the ball 36 times for 129 yards and one touchdown.

West went into the half leading 14-0, a lead at which Edison started to chip away in the third quarter.

The Vikings got on the board about two minutes into the half on a touchdown pass from Chavez to senior tight end Foloi Vae to make it 14-8.

West’s Peterson finished 8-for-15 passing with 161 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Next week, the Wolf Pack will host Stagg from Stockton in their homecoming game.

• Contact Tracy Press reporter Justin Lafferty at 830-4269 or jlafferty@tracypress.com.

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sweetknees
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November 04, 2009
bballislife,

Working hard and working smart are two different things. Please don't mistake the two.
rmoreno60
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October 27, 2009
wow really you guys need to look at our schedule we play some of the best teams in california except for freedom i was in the game and all the edison players seen it go in and they were swearing at each other i think edison needs to step up and do whats right and give us the win because now we need a miracle to get into playoffs and that isnt even fait to our seniors on out team
anonymous
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October 26, 2009
begrim you are probably right about the clock not starting. I was at that game and they had problems starting and stop the clock all night. The reffs had to have them reset the clock twice and I believe they were keeping track of time on there watches. They announcer clearly had been drinking during game and they finally changed him out at the second half. By my accounts with all the mess ups on the clock who knows how time their should have been. The might have 3 minutes earlier and edison would not have score to go ahead. "begrim" your statement proves what happened all night, West just happened to benefit that time. The reffs did a good job all night until the last call. The two reffs that made that call screwed it up, if you look at the video the head the white hat did his job. The white should never see the call, he is to watch the kicker for any late hits. Sideline and back judge can't make that call, its not theirs to call. A lot things went into that bad call. West had the ball in regulation and completed a feild goal. LOOK AT THE VIDEO.
Whatever'
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October 26, 2009
Newtowntracy-- I agree with a lot that you are saying. The coaches are so worried about the seniors getting their play time their senior year. most of the juniors are not even given an opportunity to get in the game or show what they have. They are being limited by what the coaches are allowing them to do and not be utilized to their potentials. So many great starters are now on the sidelines and are given no game time at all. Hopefully next years things will change for all this kids and there can be a positive experience for all JV moving up to blend with Varsity. Hopefully this years experiences don't prevent people from wanting to return next year. But things do need to change.
begrim
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October 26, 2009
A couple things, what the video does not show is the fact that with 50 seconds left in the fourth, West runs a running play, about ten seconds should have run off the clock, but look at the clock, it doesnt move. The kick never should have happened. Where is everyone with the comments about the clock? I was there and I saw the kick, you can't deny the video, but its a kick that never should have happened in the first place.
newntowntracy
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October 25, 2009
I have been living up here in Tracy for 5 years. I started attending Tracy High and West High games. West had a great team in 2006 and Tracy struggled. I also believe West beat Tracy at the JV and Varsity level last year. Tracy has done a great job developing their players. West Quarterback should have stayed down with his classmates to develope. He didnt see much playing time as Tracy's Quaterback did. West's JV were Co-Tcal champs with St. Marys last year and those same players are on Varsity this year. "justhangginout" you might want to proof read your comments before you start calling people fools. Have you been to a West High game? You wouldn't make these comments if you had. These are still kids and to basically say they suck or they are garbage is childish. West's system is not working for these kids they are too one dimensional. Athletes need to be coached and taught no matter how old they are and West players are being used not coached. I also recall the players that are seniors now, went undefeated as freshmen players. You tell me what happened to their developement. Tides come and go, we will wait and see what the tide bring in next year.
really!!!
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October 24, 2009
I had a lot of friends who palyed who played for West High I graduated two years ago. West did loose some coaches unfortunatley. But the coaches who are there now are talented and from what i can tell West needs to get it together as a team,play as a team and learn as a team. I hope they do well! Good Luck boys!
anonymous
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October 24, 2009
justhangginout
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October 24, 2009
Some of you people are soo sad. You are the same parents that are responsible for why our kids are the way they are these days. It's the coaches fault why they lose. It's the coaches fault why they don't get a scholarship. Teams win, because they have good players. West doesn't have good players this year. Ok, they have one great player. Tracy High is one of the best teams in the state this year because they have great playes, and good coaching. If St. Mary's coaching staff had the West team, they would be in the same boat. St.Mary's wins every year, because they get the best kids in the area every year. You get a scholarship because you are a special athlete, not because of coaching. The problem is, most arents don't no what kind of special athlete it takes, and they think their kid is that person when he/she isn't. Wake-up people. You are ruining the young athletes today. Lopez didn't become a bad coach over night. Were were all the people when he was in the section final. I know, they were saying he's the best coach around, and Tracy coaches were bad. Shut your mouths, you have no clue what your talking about, and you sound like fools. Teams when because they have good players!!! West High school this year doesn't have good players, they are pretty bad, except for one, and maybe two. Lopez, you have a great job at West for all of these years. The program is going to miss you, and it will show. O'yea, the coment I love the most from parents is, " I'm going to send my kid to this high school, or that high school because he/she has a much better chance of getting a scholarship!! Give me a break!! You have no clue waht it takes, and quit living your un-athletic dream through your kid.
Whatever'
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October 24, 2009
I am not related to any coach. I agree they were robbed due to ref error. However the score should have never got that close to begin with. They may practice a lot but sure aren't making the right moves most of the time. Sure it will be sad for them to have their turn at the playoffs taken away due to ref error for the final score. But things need to change big time with this team.
bballislife
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October 24, 2009
Amazing Whatever and Anonymous...that coaches who brought West High to the forefront of local football are now having people like you call for their heads...I've seen West this year, they are not that good, and when you play the schedule they have you get a team that is 1-6 (should be 2-5 but the refs said the kick was no good). Whatever, are you one of the Soph coaches or married to one of them? Otherwise that comment is RIDICULOUS! Those guys that coach the varsity put in more time and effort than any other group of coaches on that campus! WOW!
bulldogmgc
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October 24, 2009
The FG by West was DEFINITELY GOOD! Video can be found on The Record's website. Here is the link to the video ...

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=videoplayer&vid=624

This definitely needs Pete Saco's attention. The referee that was in question of making the call even ducks, afraid he is going to get hit by the ball. This referee should be FIRED ... not allowed to work another SJS football game.
Whatever'
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October 24, 2009
Meant to say sophomore coaches should be next Varsity Coaches. Doubt too many kids will want to return next year if they have to deal with the same crap. Go Tracy High another win! Great job Tracy High Players and coaches!!! Maybe you can give the West coaches some pointers.
anonymous
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October 24, 2009
West needs a big change now! This season is going down hill fast wow 1 win 6 losses. Guess that platooning didn't do the team any good. Team keeps relying on two players and that does not work. Sad that some of these kids are playing for their last year in High School and it has turned into this. Hopefully they can get some new coaches for next years team . I say move up the Sophmore players. They probably can tell what each players is better suited for.. Good Luck West it is sad that the hopes going to the playoffs are done.
bebee75
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October 24, 2009
I am still in shock over the turn out of this game. That field goal was in! Everyone in the stands saw that. We need to protest this call. And what are we teaching these young men. You do not win by cheating and that is what happened at Edison tonight. I know at least some of those refs saw that the kick was good. Why didn't they say so? We have to teach these boys to stand up for what is right and West High did win this game. We need to support them and protest this call. I am proud of the game the Wolfpack played!!


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