It took two quarters for the Kimball and West football teams to find any offensive rhythm on Friday, Sept. 13, at West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium.
Eventually Kimball’s running backs would break through the West (0-3) defense to claim the 16-0 win for the Jaguars (1-1).
“We made steady and significant progress toward being better fundamentally,” said Kimball coach Charles Spikes, adding that he was encouraged to see the Jaguars hold West to 15 offensive yards and no first downs for the first half and 62 total yards for the night.
The Kimball offense covered 298 yards, including 259 yards rushing. The biggest contributor was senior running back Gaige Allen with 142 yards on 11 runs, including a 46-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 44-yard touchdown run at the start of the third.
“It was just great blocking,” Allen said. “You see a hole and you hit it fast.”
Allen also ran in a 2-point conversion, and senior quarterback Ben Juarez passed to junior Rashaad Cooper for another 2-point conversion.
Allen added that while his team was focused on executing its plays this week the Jaguars need the discipline to avoid the penalties and turnovers that undid Kimball’s offensive gains. The Jaguars were denied two more long touchdown runs, one for Cooper and another for senior Damon Jackson, after they were called back because of penalties.
The West defense also found ways to disrupt the Jaguars' offensive gains. Senior Antonio Orosco and junior Lautaime Aleilefaleula both picked up Kimball fumbles and junior Ashiko Morgan grabbed an interception.
“We kept on pushing hard,” Aleilefaleula said. “Even though we were tired we were still pushing.”
West’s offense made some gains in the second half as junior quarterback Kyle Hunt twice connected with junior Ryan Herrera for first-down receptions.
“Our line was starting to hold better,” Herrera said. “We were able to get a good push and move the ball. I was just getting open looks down the field.”
West coach Chris Myers added the Wolf Pack defense showed that the team has improved in its third week of play.
“It’s a tough process, but it’s a process and we’re going through it,” he said. “Our guys have done a real good job of maintaining composure and being mature under pressure.”
West won the sophomore game 40-6, with Marcel Dancy and Christian Velasco each scoring two touchdowns for West, and Aga Megia and Justin Velasco also running in touchdowns for the Wolf Pack. Fred Gerstenberger scored Kimball’s touchdown on a pass from Erik Johnson.
Kimball won the freshman game 34-20. West’s Emmanuel Turner ran in two touchdowns and Jake Hilstack ran in another for West. Statistics for Kimball were not available.
Tracy 42, Beyer 21
The Tracy High Bulldogs collected more than 430 yards on offense and outscored the Beyer High Patriots 42-21 on Friday, Sept. 13, at Gregori High inModesto.
Tracy coach Matt Shrout said it still turned out to be a tough game for his team.
He said that many of those offensive gains were offset by penalties, and he expects the Bulldogs (2-1) could have scored even more against Beyer (2-1).
“Every time there was a big play they’d throw a flag,” Shrout said. “That takes the flow out of the game and you have to grind everything out.”
Senior fullback Chaz Briggs had 50 of Tracy’s 367 rushing yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 17-yard touchdown run in the second. Senior running back Eric Hawkins covered 93 yards on 10 runs, including a second-quarter touchdown run, and senior quarterback Damon Stroup ran for 92 yards on 12 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Tracy also scored on junior Nate Jones’ 39-yard run in the third, and Stroup passed to junior Jason Nelson for a 25-yard touchdown in the fourth. junior kicker Anthony Karjalainen went four-for-five on point-after kicks.
Tracy’s sophomores also beat Beyer 8-6 on Friday, with Nate Turner running in the Bulldogs’ touchdown in the first quarter. Turner also ran in the 2-point conversion.
Tracy’s freshmen beat Beyer 14-7 in Modesto on Friday, with Skyler Oki running in the Bulldogs’ touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters. Oki also had two interceptions.
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