Bulldogs hold tough for 37-28 win over Jaguars
by Bob Brownne
Sep 15, 2012 | 5292 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bulldogs battle the Jaguars
The pass intended for Tracy High’s Josh Clark (left) is broken up by Kimball High’s Gaige Allen during their game at Steve Lopez Stadium on Friday, Sept. 14.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy High’s Bulldog football team (2-2) held tough in a fiercely contested crosstown contest against the Kimball High Jaguars (1-2) Friday at West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium. In spite of the Jaguars’ effort at a second half comeback the Bulldogs made the necessary defensive and offensive plays to secure the 37-28 win.

“We came out ready to play,” Tracy senior quarterback Luke Hanna said. “We executed perfectly and we played well as a team.”

Teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter, Kimball scoring first on Gaige Allen’s 73-yard touchdown run, and Tracy followed that up with Hanna’s 20-yard touchdown run. Tracy scored again in the first on a 30-yard run up the left from Bruce Russell, and Kimball tied it on the next series when quarterback Ben Juarez passed up the middle to Allen, who ran it all the way in for a 69-yard touchdown.

Tracy took the lead with Hanna’s 5-yard touchdown run at the start of the second, and the Bulldogs also set up a 32-yard field goal for Tommy Langley to make it a 24-14 game at the half.

Tracy opened the third quarter with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by Hanna’s 3-yard run into the end zone.

Kimball cut Tracy’s lead to 31-20 on Juarez’ 17-yard touchdown pass to Alex Toledo, and the Jaguars forced a fumble on Tracy’s next possession, with Josh Searle picking up the ball to set up Kimball’s next drive. Another pass from Juarez to Toledo, this one for 22-yards, made it a 31-28 game.

With about four minutes left Kimball had possession and was fourth-and-inches from continuing a crucial drive. All night the Jaguars had been able to plow through the line for yardage, but this time Tracy junior linebacker Chris Mahar was there to pick up his assignment as Toledo went for the opening. Mahar’s tackle pushed Toledo back a yard to force the Jaguars to give up the ball.

“It was a regular play,” Mahar said. “I filled in my gap like I was supposed to do and that was it.”

It got Tracy fired up for the win. Three plays later Russell ran for a 40-yard touchdown to make it a 37-28 game.

“I just wanted it more than them. I wanted to win and knew what I had to do,” Russell said, adding that confidence was the key to Friday’s win. “We knew would come in and beat these guys. We’re working harder than all these other teams. Expect us to keep winning.”

Kimball’s last chance to score ended when Josh Clark picked off a Juarez pass. It was Clark’s second interception of the night.

Otherwise teams were almost equal on offense. Tracy had 405 total yards and Kimball covered 398 yards. Russell contributed 213 yards on 18 carries for Tracy and Hanna ran for 87 yards on 21 carries. Hanna completed passes to Eric Hawkins, Anthony Nunez and Jason Nelson for 38 yards. Langley was four-for-five on point-after kicks.

Juarez completed six of 13 passes for 144 yards for Kimball. In addition to his touchdown passes he also hit Trae James twice for 39 yards and completed a 9-yard pass to Evan Owens. Allen was Kimball’s leading rusher with 141 yards on 14 carries, and Owens ran the ball 13 times for 73 yards. Kimball kicker Zach Orr was two-for-three on point-after kicks, and Juarez completed a 2-point conversion pass to Toledo.

“They played really hard and I’m proud of them,” Kimball coach Steve Anastasio said of his team. “If we just did a couple more things it would be a different turnout. Tonight they were a little bit better.”

Tracy won the sophomore game 55-14, with Tracy quarterback Michael Brown running in two touchdowns and also throwing a touchdown pass to Angelo Arnaudo. Arnaudo ran in another touchdown, and Robert Ramirez, Richard Vasquez, Jake Serrato and Anthony Karjalainen also scored touchdowns. Kimball’s Jacob Taloa completed a touchdown pass to Rashaad Cooper, and Cooper also ran in a touchdown. Tracy’s sophomores are now 3-1 and Kimball’s sophomores are 1-1-1.

Tracy won the freshman game 29-14, with C.J. Hawkins scoring all four of Tracy’s touchdowns, including one on a pass from Trent Cox. Jordan Moore ran in both of Kimball’s touchdowns. Tracy’s freshmen are now 2-1 and Kimball’s freshmen are 0-3.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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September 15, 2012
Fun to watch HS Football in Tracy, CA!

Especially the dynamics between the 3 local teams. Kimball came a long way from losing 60-0 to West 3 years ago to beating them 34-0 this year. And Tracy, who was embarrassed by the fledgling Jaguars last year and took a loss to the new team 2011 in Kimball's 2nd season (first season with Seniors), is showing Tracy HS has an awesomely talented team this year that should go far!

West rebuilding, Kimball still growing, Tracy seeming already rebuilt. Lots of fun to watch!

Especially since so many of these kids know each other from their Cougar, Buccaneer, Raiders/Jr Bulldogs days.

Gotta love it!

Kimball parent and fan - Local fan for all 3 HS
September 16, 2012
Well said. Finally someone who isn't here to flame the local teams and sees things how they really are.

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