Tracy was represented at all three levels in Saturday’s DYFL Super Bowl at Lincoln High in Stockton, with a 22-20 win for the Tracy Junior Bulldog JV team, a 31-13 loss for the Junior Bulldogs Novice team and a 18-6 loss for the Tracy Cougars Varsity team.
Head Coach Gabe McCarty said that many of this year’s junior varsity players, and all of the coaches, were also on last year’s DYFL novice championship team. That team also went undefeated.
“There are players who really wanted it,” he said.
Among them was running back Marcel Dancy, who made some of the Bulldogs big plays, including two touchdowns. He said that the team’s consistent success during the season gave him the confidence to win on Saturday.
“Our defense keeps shutting out teams. My line is doing really good and I have great blockers. I just try to help my team the best I can to get a win,” he said.
Junior Varsity: Junior Bulldogs 22, Spartans 20
A conversion kick made the difference on Saturday as the Bulldogs (12-0) claimed a 22-20 win over the Lathrop Spartans (9-4). The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first with Cody Bolton’s 26-yard pass to Jeremias DePerio in the first quarter, and Bolton made the kick to give the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead. The Spartans ran on in from 24 yards out in the second quarter and the Bulldog defense blocked the kick to keep Tracy in the lead, 8-6.
Marcel Dancy scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a 41-yard run, but the Bulldogs missed the kick. The Bulldogs went ahead 22-6 at the start of the fourth after Bolton pass to Dancy to get to the Spartan 13-yard line, and Dancy ran it in from there.
Lathrop score right after getting the ball back on a 55-yard touchdown run, and pickedup a Bulldog fumble to set up another score, this time on a 5-yard run to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 22-20. The Bulldogs blocked the kick, and the Spartans’ chance to tie it up. The Bulldogs then took their time with the ball and got to the Lathrop 4-yard line when the clock ran out.
Dancy was the Bulldogs’ offensive Most Valuable Player, and Dave Money Jr. was the defensive MVP.
Varsity: Vikings 18, Cougars 6
The Tracy Cougar Varsity team finishes its season at 10-2 after their 18-6 loss to the South Stockton Vikings (11-2). The Cougars started with the lead as Christian Velasco ran the ball in from the 2-yard line early in the first quarter.The Vikings tied it up at the start of the second on a 28-yard run, and scored again at the close of the second from the 2-yard line.
Jonathan Harvey was among the Cougars leading rushers until he was injured on a hard hit at the end of the third quarter. The Cougars got within a yard of the goal line but the Vikings held tough to deny them the score and force a turnover on downs.
The Vikings Quimane Battle, who scored all three of his team’s touchdowns, broke away on a 75-yard run. The Cougar defense chased him down, but the Vikings still made it to the end zone a few plays later.
“They were a big, downhill running team. Because of the way the Stockton program is they had a lot more ninth graders than we had. Overall our kids played hard,” Cougar Head Coach Rob Miller said. It’s the fifth time he’s been to the DYFL Super Bowl, winning three of the five, with most of the same players as they move up through the age groups.
“These kids can build on this when they get to high school.”
Novice: Trojans 31, Bulldogs 13
The Novice Junior Bulldogs finish their season at 9-3 after Saturday’s Super Bowl loss to the Northwest Trojans (13-0). The Tracy team’s scores came on rushing touchdowns from Jaylan Smith and Evan Hoyt. Additional details will be reported when they become available.