The 2013 Tracy High football team established its place in the history of the Crosstown Classic as the Bulldogs dominated their rivals from West High on Friday, Sept. 27.
Tracy’s 60-0 win at home in Wayne Schneider Stadium is the biggest point differential yet in the 18-year history of the Crosstown Classic. West previously held that distinction after a 40-8 win over Tracy in 2002. Only twice before, when West won it 18-0 in 2005 and 27-0 in 2006, has the game ended in a shutout.
For Tracy High senior fullback Chaz Briggs it’s the fourth time his Bulldog team, including the 2010 freshmen, 2011 sophomores and 2012 varsity team, has beat West.
“This means a lot because it’s the last time (the seniors) will play in the crosstown rivalry,” Briggs said, adding that the starting players wanted to establish a big lead early.
“We had a goal to get everyone to play and everyone did. Everyone gave 100 percent,” Briggs said.
Tracy coach Matt Shrout took his starters out at the end of the second quarter after the Bulldogs (4-1) were ahead 33-0, but still expected his backup players put up a relentless effort.
“We wanted to put a game together that was a four-quarter game that we could be proud of as coaches and players, and this was the game to do it,” Shrout said.
West coach Chris Myers said Tracy turned out to much tougher than the Wolf Pack (1-4) expected.
“I didn’t expect we would lose as badly as we did,” Myers said. “Tracy’s a good team. You’ve got to take your hats off to a good program. They have a lot of speed, a lot of size and a lot of talent.”
West’s offense gained only 25 total yards in the first half against an oppressive Bulldog defensive line. The Pack finished the night with 75 yards rushing, including 32 yards on five carries for senior Kepa Saaga and 21 yards on seven runs for junior Chance Wilson. Junior quarterback Alex Martinez completed two of four passes for 31 yards.
Tracy ran the ball for 181 yards in the first half, with 78 yards on five runs for junior Nate Jones and 36 yards on four runs for Briggs. Senior quarterback Damon Stroup passed twice to senior wide receiver Anthony Nunez for 48 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Stroup also scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.
Junior Jason Nelson blocked a West punt at the start of the second quarter and junior Brandon Russell picked up the ball and ran it in 42 yards for a touchdown. Nelson scored in the second quarter on a 42-yard run and Stroup scored again on a 27-yard run in the second quarter.
Tracy ran for 202 yards in the second half. Junior backup quarterback Michael Brown ran the ball three times for 64 yards, and junior fullback Richard Vasquez ran the ball five times for 37 yards.
“We all came in 100 percent like coach wanted and we all succeeded,” Vasquez said. “We got our yards, got our touchdowns and showed our fans what we could do.”
Junior Jacob Alvarado scored on a 47 yard run, Vasquez scored on a 12-yard run and Brown scored on a 17-yard run, all in the third quarter, and junior Dominic Jordan scored on a 12-yard run at the start of the fourth.
Kicker Cameron Divoky made four of seven point-after kicks, and Nelson ran in a 2-point conversion.
West has yet to win a game on the field, though the Wolf Pack’s Sept. 6 game, a 48-7 loss to Liberty of Brentwood, is now recorded as a win by forfeit for West because Liberty reportedly had an ineligible player on the field.
Tracy won the sophomore game 17-14, with Tracy scoring on a 7-yard pass from Thomas Greely to Robert Garcia in the second quarter, a 7-yard run for Conner Johnson in the third, and a 36-yard field goal for Ralph Archbold in the fourth.
West scored on a 1-yard run for Christian Velasco in the first quarter, and Marcel Dancy scored on a 1-yard run after West’s Aga Mejia picked up a Tracy fumble and returned it for 50 yards.
Tracy’s freshmen beat West 46-8 on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Tracy High. Tracy scored in the first quarter on Andrew Maroulas touchdown run, and Cody Bolton passed to Darius Singleton for a touchdown. Tracy’s Placido Esparza picked up his own team’s fumble and ran it in for a touchdown in the second quarter. Singleton scored again when he picked up his own team’s fumble in the third, and Dave Money and Maroulas both ran in touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Sierra 44, Kimball 7
Kimball started big with senior Gaige Allen’s 70-yard touchdown dash in the first quarter of Friday’s Valley Oak League opener at Sierra High in Manteca. It was the last time the Jaguars would find the end zone Friday. Sierra (3-1), led by quarterback Jake Pruitt’s four touchdown passes, scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, two in the second, one in the third, and a touchdown and a field goal in the fourth.
Kimball’s sophomores lost to Sierra 48-0 on Friday.
The Jaguar freshmen finished with a tough loss, 19-18, on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Sierra High. The Jaguars scored on a 39-yard field goal for T.J. Dayak, a 40-yard pass from Ben Radetich to Amari Brown, another 40-yard pass from Radetich to Isaias Hunter, and a 2-point conversion pass from Jeremias DePerio to Casey Hearn. The Jaguars were ahead 18-12 with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter when the Timberwolves scored on a 90 yard kickoff return and made the point-after kick.
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