The West High freshman football team took a half to adjust to the sloppy conditions of Peter B. Kyne Field, putting up 24 unanswered second-half points in a 31-0 defeat of Tokay on Thursday.
“The kids have not played in this sloppy of a field and needed time to adjust,” West coach Chris Myers said.
With only a 7-0-halftime lead, the Wolf Pack (3-0 Tri-City Athletic League, 7-1 overall) came out of halftime on a mission.
“We came out physical in the second half. Our line did a great job controlling the trenches — we owe a lot to those guys,” said Anthony Willis, who was a catalyst in the shutout. Willis lead the defense with nine tackles and used his speed to make a touchdown-saving tackle with 38 seconds left in the game.
Penalties and breakdowns throughout the game forced West into long-yardage situations, but the Wolf Pack managed to revive themselves with big plays.
“That’s been our story the whole season,” Myers said.
Dexter Alcala got the Wolf Pack on board with nice footwork, side-stepping two Tokay defenders while shaking off another would-be tackler on his way for a 22-yard touchdown on West’s first series. Alcala finished the day with 10 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Alcala also contributed an amazing over-the-shoulder catch in full stride for a 35-yard gain and a first down when the Wolf Pack were facing a long-yardage situation.
“I was staring at it, knowing I have to make this big play to get our team into it,” Alcala said.
Quarterback Garrett Keith took control of the offense in the second half with his arm and legs. He ran the option and trusted in his receivers to make plays. Keith finished the game with six carries for 47 yards and was five-for-nine with 150 yards passing.
Keith’s favorite receiver was Tyler Palacios, who had 110 yards receiving and did his best Randy Moss impersonation by going over the top of a Tokay defender for one of his catches.
“I knew I was going to come down with that ball, and, like the rest of these guys, I was not going to give up on the play,” he said.
Chad West also contributed on the offensive side of the ball with a touchdown and had two key tackles for losses on the defense.
Tracy 34, Lodi 0
The Tracy High freshman football team was victorious in Lodi on Thursday, routing the Flames, 34-0.
Every time running back Depray Celestine touched the ball, good things happened for Tracy High (3-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association, 7-2 overall).
Celestine finished the game with six carries for 184 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Celestine also had two receptions for 85 yards and another touchdown.
“He had another monster game,” Tracy coach Jay Fishburn said.
Tracy High went into halftime with a 27-0 lead.
Quarterback Kevin Speer had a solid night, throwing the ball four times and connecting on three passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Smith was on the receiving end of one of the scores, finishing the game with 40 yards receiving.
The defense was anchored by Billy Simon, who led the Bullpuppies in tackles for the fourth-straight week. Simon has been a big part of the success of Tracy’s defense, Fishburn said.
“It was a good team game; everyone got to play,” he added.
Tracy plays Lincoln next week at Peter B. Kyne Field in a defining game for both teams.
“They are undefeated in league, and we are undefeated in league. The winner will be the league champion,” Fishburn said. “Hopefully, next week will be a fairy-tale ending as we finish a successful season.”