Tracy High’s homecoming game this week is also the Bulldog football team’s chance to take a step toward the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs and the San Joaquin Athletic Association title.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 1-0 SJAA) face their most competitive league rivals during the next two weeks, starting with Lodi (3-3, 1-0 SJAA) at home Friday, Oct. 18.
Tracy coach Matt Shrout said his team’s goal is to win big.
"We’ve seen a couple of their games. We know they’re a typical Lodi team," Shrout said. "They’re going to try to run power. They’re going to try to run on you first."
Lodi is averaging 198 yards on the ground and nearly 84 yards passing in each game. Tracy averages nearly 303 yards rushing and 73 yards passing, and senior quarterback Damon Stroup always has plenty of options for who he can trust to carry the ball. Tracy’s rushing leader is junior Nate Jones with more than 71 yards per game. Stroup runs for 49 yards per game, followed by senior Chaz Briggs with nearly 44 yards per game.
Shrout said the plan now, and also next week at Lincoln High in Stockton, is to not take any opponent for granted, especially after the Bulldogs outscored their three most recent opponents — Kimball, West and Franklin — by a total of 131-13, including last week’s 43-7 win over Franklin.
"Our intensity and our aggressiveness throughout the game are primarily what we have to concentrate on," Shrout said.
Game time at Wayne Schneider Stadium is 7:15 p.m.
Everybody else is on the road this week. Kimball (3-3, 2-1 Valley Oak League) travels to Manteca (5-1, 3-0 VOL).
West (1-5, 0-1 Tri-City Athletic League) goes to Lodi to face Tokay (5-1, 0-1 TCAL). Millennium (4-2, 1-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) goes to Modesto to play Big Valley Christian (3-3, 1-0 CCAA).
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