Kimball High’s freshmen dominated the first half of Thursday’s home game against East Union at Don Nicholson Stadium for the 26-6 win. It puts the Jaguars at 2-6 for the season.
Kimball’s offense, including quarterback Ben Juarez and running backs Seth Wills and Malik Portillo, did their part to get the Jaguars on the scoreboard. The Jags also came though with some key defensive plays in the first half that stopped the Lancers before they could make any progress.
Kimball seized the advantage right away as the Jaguars’ Anthony Macias picked up a fumble on the opening kickoff. That set the Jaguars’ first scoring drive in motion, and it ended with a Juarez pass to Portillo from the 5-yard line to put the Jaguars up 6-0.
The Lancers fumbled two plays after the kickoff, and Wills picked up the ball to launch the Jaguars’ second drive to the end zone. Portillo dashed around the left on a 28-yard run and Juarez passed to Dylan Davis for the 2-point conversion to make it 14-0.
After a three-and-out series for East Union, the Jaguars again marched up the field and finished with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Juarez to Josh Searle to put Kimball up 20-0 at the start of the second quarter.
The Lancers got their first first-down of the game on the next series, but after a short loss, Wills snagged a Lancer pass and got his team started on another scoring drive. It included a 31-yard run where Juarez tossed the ball to Davis in the backfield, and Davis tossed to Portillo, who ran it 31 yards. Portillo followed that up with a 13-yard touchdown run to make it 26-0.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, and the Lancers got their offense going at the end of the third on a 33-yard pass from Jacob Danhoff to Robert Davenport, and scored on a 5-yard pass from Danhoff to Isaiah Gordon. Kimball’s Damon Jackson broke up the pass on the 2-point conversion attempt.
The Lancers got within striking distance again at the end of the fourth quarter, and Nawed Akbari intercepted a pass to get the ball back for Kimball at the end.
Tracy and West
The Tracy and West high freshman football teams did not have games on Thursday as the teams on their regular league schedules do not have freshman programs. Instead the two local teams had an informal scrimmage at Tracy High on Wednesday.