The Bulldogs (7-3, 4-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association) dominated on both sides of the ball in the last game of the regular season at West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium. Tracy collected 360 yards of offense while holding the Bruins (2-8, 1-4 SJAA) to 83 yards for the night.
Senior lineman Josh Bongiovanni remembers how last year’s game against the Bruins went. It was a 63-62 win for the Bulldogs, and his team was determined to not allow the Bruins to score like that again.
“We came with kind of a grudge, and we came and shut them out,” he said.
The Bulldog defense allowed Bear Creek just one first down in the first half and never let the Bruins past midfield. Junior linebacker Chris Mahar picked up a fumble, and junior defensive back Luke Pulliam and sophomore defensive back Josh Clark both intercepted Bear Creek passes.
Tracy had a 32-0 lead at the half. Senior fullback Bruce Russell, with 88 yards rushing on 11 carries, ran in two touchdowns in the first half, and sophomore quarterback Michael Brown ran in two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in the first half.
Tracy also scored on a safety in the first quarter when senior Tyler Mendoes blocked a punt and the Bruins recovered it in their own end zone.
Brown totaled 74 yards rushing on 15 carries, ran in another touchdown in the third quarter, and completed a 59-yard pass to Jason Nelson.
Sophomore Nate Jones ran in a 26-yard touchdown in the third quarter and senior fullback Josh Cuestas ran the ball eight times for 47 yards in the second half and also scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Senior kicker Tommy Langley was five-for-five on point-after kicks
“We did what we needed to do and played hard,” Cuestas said. “That’s what we do every week and we’ll carry that on in playoffs.”
Tracy coach Matt Shrout expects Friday's win will put the Bulldogs as the 10th, 11th or 12th seed in SJS Division II. That would put Tracy on the road for the first round, but would give the Bulldogs an even matchup as well.
The section will release the playoff brackets on Saturday afternoon. They will be posted at www.cifsjs.org.
Tracy’s sophomores won the SJAA title with their 54-16 win over the Bruins. Jake Serrato ran in two touchdowns for Tracy (9-1, 5-0 SJAA), and Robert Ramirez ran in two touchdowns, including one on a 77-yard run, and caught a touchdown pass from Serrato. Jacob Alvarado, Richard Vasquez and Noah Blackwell also ran in touchdowns, Anthony Karjalainen was five-for-six on point-after kicks, and Nick Tobeck also made a point-after kick.
Kimball 28, Lathrop 20
Kimball High’s football team got a win on Friday at home, but nearly let the visiting Lathrop Spartans back in the game. The Jaguars (5-5, 4-3 Valley Oak League), had a 20-7 lead at the half.
Senior quarterback Zack Johnson passed to senior tight-end Logan Finley for a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Johnson also ran in a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Senior fullback Alex Toledo scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. Trey James made two of three point-after kicks.
Lathrop (0-10, 0-7 VOL) also scored in the second quarter and scored again in the third. Kimball scored in the fourth on a 7-yard run for Toledo, and Johnson passed to senior wide receiver Charles Walker for a 2-point conversion.
“We came out and played well, and then we made some mistakes and got into a little bit of a lull, not playing our game,” Kimball coach Steve Anastasio said. “Lathrop got a little bit of momentum and kept going and going.”
Kimball’s sophomores (3-6-1, 2-5 VOL) beat Lathrop 40-12 on Friday. The Jaguar freshmen (0-9-1, 0-5-1 VOL) lost to Lathrop 35-12 on Thursday, Nov. 1, with Kimball scoring on two touchdown passes from Eric Johnson to Myles Hall.
Stagg 59, West 0
The Wolf Pack football team finished its season with a loss to Stagg High in Stockton on Friday. West (1-9, 1-4 Tri-City Athletic League) was shut down by a Delta Kings team (9-1, 4-1 TCAL) that is likely to be one of the top seeds in the SJS Division I playoffs. Details were not available.
West’s sophomores (4-5-1, 4-1 TCAL) beat Stagg 24-20. West’s Chance Wilson scored on a 30-yard run in the second quarter and Alex Martinez passed to Ryan Herrera for the 2-point conversion. West’s defense scored with a blocked punt and a safety in the third quarter. Kyle Hunt ran in a touchdown in the third quarter and also scored on an interception and return in the fourth. Wilson and Daryn Higaki led on defense with two sacks each.
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