The Jaguars from Kimball High started their season with a competitive first half against the Hawks at Liberty Ranch High in Galt. The Hawks then overpowered the Jaguars on both ends of the ball and ran away with the first game of the season.
“In the first half we played well and matched up well with them,” Kimball coach Dave Brown said. “The second half we came out flat and they jumped on us.”
Jaguar quarterback Austin Griffith connected with wide receiver Shane Gooch for a touchdown in the first quarter, and running back Alex Toledo made a 20-yard dash into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter.
It was a 17-12 game in Liberty Ranch’s favor at the half, and the Hawks then came out to score 18 in the third quarter and 17 more in the fourth.
Toledo was the Jaguars leading rusher with 68 yards on five carries. Griffith ran the ball eight times for 48 yards and completed four of seven passes for 52 yards. Leading defender was P.J. Dean with seven tackles.
Freshmen: Kimball 27, Liberty Ranch 14
Kimball’s special teams came through with a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff that set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zack Johnson to Evan Owens. Trae James scooped up another Liberty Ranch fumble on the next kickoff and ran that back for a touchdown, and Theo Fornaciari caught Johnson’s pass for the 2-point conversion.
Johnson made a 70-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter, and James made the kick, and Johnson completed a 55-yard pass play to Dario Valdez in the third for the Jaguars’ fourth touchdown. The Hawks their touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters.
Coach Jerrod Teyshak his team ran some good plays against a hard-hitting Liberty Ranch team, but he saw room for improvement on defense. He added that the biggest plus is team unity.
“The kids play for each other, and that the culture we want to create at Kimball,” he said.
Freshmen: San Ramon Valley 35, West 0
West’s freshmen got a harsh introduction to the 2009 season as the Wolves from San Ramon Valley shut down West’s offense and ran up a 35-0 lead in the first half. West coach Demetrius Ball said his team was unable to make any first downs in the first half, but came back in the second half with new determination.
“We came out in the second half and played pretty well,” Ball said. “The kids realized the effort required and they got more comfortable with their roles.”
Freshmen: Los Banos 13, Tracy 7
Tracy coach Jay Fishburn said his team made some small mistakes, but that was enough to give Los Banos the advantage. The Tigers took the lead with a touchdown on the first play. Tracy quarterback Luke Hannah handed off to Deondre Wilson for a four-yard charge into the end zone in the second quarter for Tracy’s only score. Tracy’s defense was led by Robert Costa and Austin Westfall, and Troy Vierra snagged an interception, but the Tigers were still able to connect on big pass plays for the first touchdown and again in the fourth to break the tie.