The Tracy High football team’s defense stayed on top of the Chavez High passing game to bring the Bulldogs a 56-14 win on Friday, Nov. 1, at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
Senior cornerback Luke Pulliam, who snagged two interceptions Friday, said the defense studied Chavez’ offensive strategies and came into the game prepared.
“I knew what to expect and knew what routes they would be running,” Pulliam said. “Playing defensive back is all about confidence and I’ve got good confidence right now.”
The win secures for Tracy at least a share of first place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
Junior running back Nate Jones, who moved the ball for 145 yards on seven carries, including two touchdown runs, said the Bulldogs (8-1, 4-0 SJAA) expect to be unstoppable going into playoffs.
“We’re on a mission. We’re shooting for something high,” Jones said. “We love our team and we’re not going to stop any time soon.”
Chavez (1-8, 0-4 SJAA) brought the offense that Tracy expected. Quarterback Julius Davila completed 17 of 28 passes for 198 yards, but the Bulldogs intercepted four passes to nullify most of those gains. Pulliam grabbed one in the first quarter and the other in the third, both times as the Titans closed in on the red zone. Junior Jacob Alvarado picked off a pass in the Tracy end zone at the end of the second quarter, and junior Jake Serrato intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
Meanwhile the Bulldog offense ran the ball for 383 yards. Quarterback Damon Stroup covered 112 yards on 10 runs, with a 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter two more touchdown runs, one for nine yards, the other for three, in the second quarter.
Stroup also completed four of 10 passes for 65 yards, including three to junior wide receiver Joshua Clarke, who broke a couple tackles on one of those plays for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Junior Brandon Russell scored on a 71-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter, Jones scored on an 85-yard touchdown run and a 37-yard touchdown run, both in the third quarter, and junior Robbie Ramirez scored on a 20-yard run at the end of the third. Kicker Cameron Divoky went eight-for-eight on point-after kicks.
Tracy’s sophomores beat Chavez 42-6. Game statistics were not available.
Sonora 21, Kimball 20
Sonora’s defense kept Kimball High’s running game in check to claim a 21-20 win at Sonora on Friday. Junior Rashaad Cooper ran the ball for 50 yards on 16 carries, and senior Gaige Allen covered 27 yards on 11 runs.
Sonora (4-5, 4-2 Valley Oak League) was ahead 14-7 at the half, with the Jaguars (4-5, 3-3 VOL) scoring in the second quarter on Ignacio Agraz’ 1-yard run.
Kimball quarterback Ben Juarez completed six of 13 passes for 107 yards, including a 35-yard pass to junior Christian Teyshak to tie the game 14-14 in the third quarter. Sonora took the lead again in the fourth, and Juarez hit senior Damon Jackson for a 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth. Kimball failed on the 2-point conversion attempt that would have given the Jaguars the win. Kicker Ryan Chaney went two-for-two on his point-after kicks.
Sonora won the sophomore game 27-6, with Kimball’s defense keeping it a close game until the third quarter. The Jaguars scored on on Erik Johnson’s pass to Myles Hall.
Kimball’s freshmen beat Sonora 41-7 at home on Thursday, Oct. 31. Ben Radetich threw three three touchdowns, one to Amari Brown for a 75-yards, to Kavon Prater for eight yards and Casey Hearn for 14-yards. Prater also scored on an 80-yard run, Isaias Hunter scored on an 80-yard kickoff return, and Brandon Baty scored on a 50-yard fumble return. Kicker T.J. Dayak went three-for-four on point-after kicks and Radetich passed to Ryan Rivera for a 2-point conversion
Edison 38, West 0
The West football team (1-8, 0-4 Tri-City Athletic League) fell to Edison 38-0 in Stockton on Friday. West coach Chris Myers said his offense, including junior quarterbacks Kyle Hunt and Alex Martinez and senior quarterback Garrett Morris, were able to move the ball at times, but the Pack also fell victim to turnovers, including three interceptions.
“We got close a few times, but not close enough,” Myers said, adding that Edison (7-2, 2-2 TCAL) made the most of its opportunities.
“They’re a playoff team. They have some speed.”
West’s sophomores beat Edison 52-12. Marcel Dancy scored three touchdowns, including an 85-yard kickoff return, Christian Velasco scored three touchdowns, including a 70-yard punt return, and Dion Collier scored on a 60-yard run. Anthony Sanchez and Charles Smith had interceptions.
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