The West and Tracy High sophomore teams brought out their playmakers in the crosstown match at Steve Lopez Stadium on Friday.
West’s Davonte Lynch made key plays that kept the Wolf Pack in the game in the first half and put West ahead in the end for the 24-20 win.
Both Tracy and West scored right away on the first possessions of the game.
Tracy started off the first series when Brock Soares broke away for a 58-yard run to the West 4-yard line to set up his run into the end zone four plays later. Casey Wichman made the point after.
West responded on the following kickoff when Lynch made a 92-yard return to the Tracy end zone. West missed the two-point conversion
Tracy then launched a steady drive, including a 26-yard pass from Wichman to Matthew Patterson and a 17-yard pass to Hugo Levy. Wichman ran the ball in for the touchdown three plays later.
West was forced to punt on the next series, and Tracy then took the ball on another march down the field. It started with Wichman passes to Patterson and Devon Hartenstein, continued with a pass up the middle to Soares, and ended with Soares’ charge into the end zone.
West moved the ball forward at the end of the second quarter on a drive that included a 17-yard run from Desean Watson, but Tracy ended that drive when Wichman intercepted a pass from West’s Sal Alvarado.
West came out in the second half with a 32-yard run from Lynch. He and Watson alternated carrying the ball all the way back for the Pack’s second touchdown.
Tracy threatened to score again after Dominique Harrison got away for a 65-yard run down the left side.
West lineman Dominic Williams turned it around for the Pack when Hartenstein fumbled the ball and Williams picked it up for a 35-yard run-back to the West 48. On the next play, Lynch ran the ball 52 yards for the touchdown.
Lynch did it again on West’s next possession as he charged up the middle from West’s 38-yard line, broke through Tracy’s defenders and sprinted across the field and into the end zone to put West in the lead.