During a wild first half the Kimball High Jaguars overcame the Weston Ranch Cougars’ early lead, and then settled into their game in the second half for a 48-27 Valley Oak League win on Friday, Oct. 11, at Don Nicholson Stadium.
“The first half was definitely not our best football,” Kimball senior quarterback Ben Juarez said. “The second half we definitely picked it up. It could have gone better. We know how good we are against this kind of team.”
The Jaguars (3-3, 2-1 VOL) held a 35-21 lead at the half even though the Cougars (2-4, 1-2 VOL) controlled the ball for most of the first half and took advantage of Kimball’s penalties, a lost fumble and a blocked punt.
The difference for Kimball was senior running back Gaige Allen, who ran the ball for 165 yards on eight carries in the first half. His three second-quarter scores included an 81-yard touchdown run, which overcame the Cougars’ 14-13 lead and put Kimball ahead for the rest of the game.
Allen totaled 188 total yards on 15 runs, accounting for most of the Jaguars’ 332 rushing yards, and scored five touchdowns in all, including a 33-yard touchdown reception from Juarez in the first quarter, and a 5-yard run in the third quarter. Junior Rashaad Cooper contributed 76 yards on 13 carries.
Also scoring for Kimball was senior Damon Jackson, who ran back a kickoff 80 yards for a score at the end of the second quarter.
“I thought they were onside kicking, and then I got the ball and trusted my blockers all the way,” Jackson said.
Juarez scored midway through the fourth quarter after the Cougars blocked a field goal attempt and sent the ball spinning on the ground toward the goal line, where Juarez grabbed it just inside the end zone.
Junior kicker Ryan Chaney went four-for-six on point-after kicks, and Cooper ran in a 2-point conversion.
Kimball coach Charles Spikes said his own team’s mistakes allowed the Cougars to keep the game close early on.
“Anytime you get a victory it’s nice, but we played sloppy football. We weren’t disciplined,” Spikes said, adding that he expects next week’s opponent, Manteca, will be less forgiving.
“Manteca is too good, too fast, too strong for us to play football like that if we want to compete with them,” Spikes said.
Kimball’s sophomores also beat Weston Ranch 13-0, with Fred Gerstenberger running in both Jaguar touchdowns and Eric Johnson going one-for-two on point-after kicks.
Tracy 43, Franklin 7
The Bulldogs scored early and often against the visiting Franklin Yellow Jackets on Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium. Tracy (5-1, 1-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) was up 35-7 at the half, shut out Franklin (3-3, 0-1 SJAA) in the second half and scored again in the fourth quarter.
Tracy ran for 303 yards, including 87 yards on 10 runs for junior Nate Jones, who scored three touchdowns, and 70 yards on five carries for senior Eric Hawkins, who scored twice. Senior quarterback Damon Stroup also ran in a touchdown, and completed seven of 13 passes for 120 yards, including four passes to senior Anthony Nunez and a 57-yard pass to junior Jason Nelson. Senior kicker Cameron Divoky went five-for-six on point-after kicks.
Tracy’s sophomores beat Franklin 38-0.
McNair 44, West 24
The Wolf Pack traveled to McNair to open Tri-City Athletic League play with a loss. McNair (1-5, 1-0 TCAL), held a 28-10 lead over West (1-5, 0-1 TCAL) at the half, with the Wolf Pack scoring on junior kicker Ivan Terriquez’ 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and again in the second on junior quarterback Kyle Hunt’s 2-yard run.
West scored in the third when senior Cody Correia picked up a fumble and ran it 35 yards to the end zone. Hunt ran in the 2-point conversion. West started its next drive right after with an onside kick, and scored again on a 30-yard run for senior John Choi.
West’s sophomores beat McNair 54-0, with two touchdowns each for Marcel Dancy and Christian Velasco and touchdowns for Aga Megia, Alonzo Perez, Mark Chase and Anthony Sanchez and Matthew Roe.
Millennium 29, Stone Ridge Christian 22
Millennium traveled to Atwater for a win over the Stone Ridge Christian Knights. The Falcons (4-2, 1-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) scored in each quarter to overcome the Knights’ (2-4, 0-1 CCAA) 16-15 halftime lead.
Millennium scored twice on touchdown passes from senior Manjot Atwal to senior Billy Braten, and on rushing touchdowns for junior Izaiah Williams and senior D’Vontae Kelly.