By the end of the game, the Wolf Pack varsity had picked up its speed and intensity, but a strong second half at Steve Lopez Stadium wasn't enough to overcome visiting Beyer High of Modesto, which won the game, 27-21.
Beyer held a 27-7 lead at halftime, scoring twice on passes from Jacob Bringhurst to Maury Moore in the first quarter and taking a 21-0 lead in the second on Aden Ruiz’s nine-yard run.
West had only 45 yards of total offense in the first half and got on the scoreboard with one minute, 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter when defensive back Kenny Silva picked off a pass and ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown.
Beyer scored once more on a 48-yard pass from Bringhurst to Ruiz to make it a 27-7 game at the half, but the West’s defense went on to hold Beyer scoreless in the second half.
“We played a lot harder and faster in the second half,” West High fullback and linebacker D.J. Villasenor said. He ran for 44 of West’s 95 rushing yards, most of them in the second half.
“A little more time on the clock, and it would have been something different,” Villasenor said.
Wolf Pack quarterback Bobby Landrum got most of his 109 passing yards in the second half, which included an 88-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, finishing with Landrum’s 1-yard pass to Scott Romo.
The Wolf Pack scored again with 1:03 left on Villasenor’s Seven-yard run. Jackson Nott went three-for-three on point-after kicks.
Beyer won the sophomore game on Friday 19-3, with West scoring in the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal from Ivan Terriquez.
Beyer also won the freshman game 20-8 on Thursday, Aug. 23, at West High, with West scoring on a five-yard touchdown pass from James Gibbons to Jacob Rebar, and Christian Velasco ran in the 2-point conversion.
Sierra 32, Tracy 26
Tracy High’s varsity football team held a 20-10 lead over the Sierra Timberwolves early in the third quarter of Friday’s game in Manteca, but the Timberwolves came back with three touchdowns in second half, capping the comeback in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass.
“We saw our weaknesses, and we made some mistakes,” Tracy coach Matt Shrout said, adding that turnovers and penalties cost the Bulldogs in the second half.
The Bulldogs' defense also missed its tackles to allow the Timberwolves complete scoring drives.
Bruce Russell ran for 176 yards on 19 carries. His two touchdowns in the first quarter included a 72-yard run to the end zone. Eric Hawkins also scored on a five-yard pass from quarterback Luke Hanna in the third quarter, and Jason Nelson scored on a two-yard run in the fourth. Tommy Langley made two point-after kicks.
Tracy’s sophomores beat Sierra 14-13 on two fourth-quarter touchdowns, with Michael Brown and Robbie Ramirez each scoring on the ground. The score of Thursday’s freshman game was not available Friday evening.
Woodland Christian 42, Millennium 13
The Millennium Falcons got off to a slow start in their first game of the season as the Woodland Christian Cardinal jumped out to a 34-6 lead in the first half of Friday night’s game in Woodland.
The Falcons had some success on the ground, with Demauriea Williams running for 52 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Izaiah Williams ran for 29 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and Gavin Compton ran for 35 yards. Giacomo Oliveri was the Falcons’ leading defender with 13 tackles.
“We just started slow and needed to adjust the speed of our game,” assistant coach Drew Reyes said. “We’ll take it as a learning experience and (will) get ready for next week.”
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