Football: Sierra seizes opportunities for 58-45 win over Kimball
by Bob Brownne
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Jaguars lose to Timberwolves
Kimball High quarterback Zach Johnson finds some open room as he scrambles out of the backfield for a first down during their game against Sierra at Don Nicholson Stadium on Friday, Oct. 12.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Kimball and Sierra football teams slugged it out with big plays for both teams on Friday, Oct. 12, at Don Nicholson Stadium. A couple first-half turnovers proved costly to the Jaguars (2-5, 1-3 Valley Oak League) as the Timberwolves turned two interceptions into scoring opportunities on the way to the 58-45 win.

Both side amassed big numbers on offense, with Kimball senior quarterback Zack Johnson passing for 352 yards, and the Jaguars also rushing for 288 yards. The Timberwolves (6-1, 3-1 VOL) covered 421 yards on the ground and 175 yards passing.

While Johnson completed 14 of 28 passes, Sierra junior linebacker Garrett DeVillanueva picked off two of them, each time as the Jaguars closed in on goal line.

After the second interception at the end of the second quarter, Sierra quarterback Jake Pruitt completed a short pass to Dakota Conners, who pitched the ball back to running back Anthony Cota. His 85-yard touchdown dash down the left sideline contributed to his 230 total rushing yards, including five touchdown runs, for the night.

Jaguar senior wide receiver Charles Walker said that it only took a couple mistakes on Kimball’s part to give Sierra the advantage.

“We worked hard the whole week in practice. It was just the mental mistakes that got to us,” he said, adding that he is still optimistic for playoffs.

“We seniors, we know this is our last year so we’ll work hard until the end.”

Kimball coach Steve Anastasio figures a 5-5 record at the end of the season would be cutting it close.

“We’ll just play out the season and play every game and see what happens,” he said.

The Jaguars kept pounding back in the second half, but were not able to overcome Sierra’s 31-14 halftime lead. Senior running back Evan Owens ran for 146 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown, and Johnson consistently outmaneuvered Sierra tacklers for 134 yards on 13 carries, including a touchdown run. He also passed for three touchdowns, including two touchdown passes to Charles Walker and touchdown passes to Damon Jackson and Alex Toledo. Johnson also ran in two 2-point conversions, made a 2-point conversion pass to Toledo, and Zach Orr was three-for-three on point-after kicks.

Sierra also got touchdowns from Guillermo Nunez, who ran the ball 16 times for 164 yards, and from DeVillanueva and Jayson Manuta, and Joshua Gonzalez kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Sierra won the sophomore game 21-6. Rashaad Cooper scored the only touchdown for the Jaguars (1-6) in the fourth quarter on a pass from Malik Ransom. Results of the freshman game were not available.

Tracy 35, Lodi 14

The Bulldogs got a key win on Friday, Oct. 12, over the Lodi Flames at the Grape Bowl in Lodi.

Tracy coach Matt Shrout said that with a 35-7 lead at the half he put in his backup players in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) continued to hold the Flames (6-1, 1-1 SJAA) scoreless until the fourth quarter. He said that the win is a big boost for his team

“It sets us up for a really big game against Lincoln for homecoming,” he said. “The kids are fired up and the coaches are ready.”

Tracy quarterback Luke Hanna ran for 63 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also completed six of eight passes for 125 yards, including two touchdown passes to Jason Nelson. Bruce Russell was the Bulldogs leading rusher with 84 yards on 10 carries. Tommy Langley was three-for-four on point-after kicks, and Hanna ran in a 2-point conversion.

Tracy’s sophomores (6-1, 2-0 SJAA) beat Lodi 28-21. Quarterback Michael Brown ran for 52 yards on 11 carries, including three touchdown runs, and he also passed to Robert Ramirez for a touchdown. Anthony Karjalainen made two-of three point-after kicks, and Brown ran in a 2-point conversion.

Tracy High’s freshmen (5-1) beat Lodi 35-0 on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Lodi. Connor Johnson ran the ball 10 times for 74 yards, including two touchdown runs. Nathaniel Turner also ran in a touchdown, C.J. Hawkins scored on a punt return, and Armondo Gonzalez scored on an interception return.

Tokay 62, West 17

The Wolf Pack (0-7, 0-2 Tri-City Athletic League) lost at home to the Tokay Tigers (6-1, 1-1 TCAL) on Friday, Oct. 12. West scored in the first half on a 5-yard run for Gabe Miller, and Jackson Nott kicked a 34-yard field goal in the first half. Bobby Landrum connected with D.J. Villasenor on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

West’s sophomores (2-4-1, 2-0 TCAL) beat Tokay 17-14. Demari Taylor scored on a 15-yard run, Christian Teyshak scored on a 53-yard pass from Alex Martinez, and Ivan Terriquez kicked a 36-yard field goal.

Tokay’s freshmen took a 42-28 win over West (1-6) on Thursday, Oct. 11, at West High. Christian Velasco ran in a touchdown from the 12-yard line in the first quarter, Matthew Row made two touchdown runs, 34 yards and 22 yards, in the third quarter, and Andrew Hinojosa had a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

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