The junior varsity Raiders are 4-1 this season, and the Cougars are 2-2. In the novice division, the Raiders remain undefeated, 5-0, and the Cougars are 2-2. Meanwhile, the varsity Cougars improved to 3-1, and the Raiders fell to 3-2.
The Cougars will go to Modesto this Saturday to face the Modesto Vikings at Johansen High School, and the Raiders will face the Manteca Rebels at Tracy High.
Junior novice: No score
The showdown between the Tracy Cougars and the Tracy Raiders ended with the Cougars getting into the end zone six times and the Raiders three times.
The Cougars’ offense covered more than 750 yards, led by Devon Roberts with 250 yards rushing and two touchdowns, followed by teammate Ronell Gabriel, who tallied 180 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Mason Sarsfield also had touchdowns, with Maximus Hanmore, Jaylen Roberts and Jorden Harvey contributing.
The leading tacklers on defense were Gabriel, Mateo Decoite and Jacob Peralta, with contributions from Sarsfield, Shamar Jeffers, Jared Albright, Jakob Moberg, Harvey, Ruben Zamora and Bryce Shelton.
Novice: Raiders 14, Cougars 13
A defensive battle broke out in the first quarter, and in the second quarter, the Cougars’ offense struck first with James Gibbons’ 55- and 74-yard touchdown runs, which gave the team a 13-0 lead.
The Raiders came back after the half to cover 60 yards on 12 plays, capped with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone by Brandon Zaunbrecher.
The Cougars then began an 11-play march of their own to start the fourth quarter before the Raiders’ defense came up with a key stop just inside their own 20-yard line. That gave the offense another opportunity with just more than 4 minutes left to play.
The Raiders’ offense drove 80 yards on 12 plays to set up Marcel Dancy’s run for the tying touchdown. With 21 seconds to go, Cody Bolton found K.J. Moody in the end zone to add the extra point.
Dave Money led the Raiders’ defense with eight tackles, while Marcellous Starling made six tackles and Marquez Vaughn contributed four tackles. Cody Bolton completed 11-of-17 passes for 82 yards for the Raiders, Zaunbrecher ran the ball for 63 yards, and Dancy covered 46 yards rushing. Moody completed two point-after conversions.
Gibbons was the Cougars’ top rusher, running the ball 13 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Velasco ran the ball nine times for 47 yards, and Joe Parker carried it twice for 17 yards.
Velasco led the Cougars on defense with seven tackles, Harrison Difuntorum had six tackles, Daeshawn Gates had five tackles and Mateo Fernandez had four tackles.
Junior varsity: Raiders 43, Cougars 0
The Raiders dashed off to an early lead with three touchdowns in the first quarter, and they never let up.
Braedon Oki scored on a 12-yard run, and Demari Taylor scored the point after. Taylor scored again for the Raiders on a 48-yard run, and Michael Brown made a 1-yard push into the end zone to make it 19-0 in favor of the Raiders at the end of the first quarter.
Taylor scored again in the second quarter on a 33-yard run, and Jacob Taloa snagged a Cougars pass for an interception and ran the ball back 55 yards for another touchdown.
Taylor scored again on a 45-yard pass from Brown, and in the fourth quarter, Marcus Gammage reached the end zone on a 35-yard run.
Rashaad Cooper was the Raiders’ leading defender, with 10 tackles and two sacks. Teammate Aaron Denholm recorded seven tackles, and Jake Serrato made six tackles.
Varsity: Cougars 20, Raiders 0
The Tracy Cougars rolled up 245 yards on the ground to beat the Raiders. Marcus Lomas led the charge with 92 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Wesley Thompson ripped off a 60-yard run for a touchdown, and Gaige Allen (six carries, 39 yards) made a 4-yard plunge for a touchdown.
The Cougars’ defense held the Raiders’ offense to minus-nine yards rushing and recorded seven sacks. Carlos Ordaz led on defense with seven tackles and a sack, Marcus Lomas made five tackles, Noah Martinez had four tackles and two sacks, and Devon Wright had three tackles and two sacks. Adrian Vasquez and Cody Correia each recorded three tackles and a sack.
The Tracy Buccaneers traveled to Sierra High in Manteca on Saturday to face the Manteca Buffaloes. The junior varsity team remains undefeated at 6-0, the novice team is 5-1 and the varsity team fell to 2-4. The Buccaneers will travel to Escalon on Saturday to face the Escalon Outlaws. Games begin at 1 p.m.
Junior Novice: No score
The Buccaneers crossed the goal line nine times and held the Buffaloes to one touchdown.
Michael Pearson covered 101 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns. Trevor Pope ran for 64 yards on four carries with one touchdown, and Alfred Robinson ran 36 yards on seven carries with one touchdown. Ethan Casados, D.J. Aguilar, Cade Briggs and Manuel Mendoza also ran the ball in for a touchdown each, and Mendoza and Pearson both completed touchdown passes to Koby Larson, who had 73 yards in receiving.
Briggs led on defense with six tackles, and Pope, Larson, Casados and Mendoza all made tackles in the game. Alejandro Delatorre had three tackles, and Aguilar recovered a fumble.
Novice: Buccaneers 13, Buffaloes 0
The Novice Buccs prevailed against a determined Buffaloes team with a shutout, holding the Buffs to minimal gains.
Andrew Maroulas led the Tracy team with 94 yards on eight carries, and he scored a touchdown on a 60-yard punt return. Fullback Garren Harris charged into the end zone on an 8-yard carry.
Myles Walker led on defense with six tackles; Maroulas had five tackles and an interception; Isaac Vasquez, Harris and Ethan Bejines each had five tackles; Ray Rivera had four tackles; and Jake Dunniway had three tackles and a sack. Ryan Rivera also made two sacks, and J.J. Jones had a fumble recovery.
Junior varsity: Buccaneers 30, Buffaloes 0
The JV Buccs’ defense held the Buffaloes’ offense scoreless.
Quarterback Karsten Lee led the Buccs’ attack, competing five passes for 91 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Ramirez, who also carried the ball four times for 92 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run. Brandon Russell covered 20 yards on three carries with a touchdown, and Jacob Barba also scored a touchdown.
Ramirez scored another touchdown on defense when he intercepted a Buffaloes’ pass and ran it back 60 yards. Isaiah Downes had eight tackles, Justin Mills made seven tackles and forced a fumble, and Jake Alvarado, Conner Hill, Russell, Jonathan Maroulas and Myles Cunningham each recorded four tackles. Nate Turner recovered a fumble.
Varsity: Buffaloes 44, Buccaneers 38
After a series of tied scores, the Buccs fell short in the third overtime period.
Eric Hawkins Jr. led on offense with 104 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Tavonne Johnson ran 33 yards on seven carries, and Josh Brakkee scored a touchdown in overtime, while Anthony Nunez completed four 2-point conversions.
Hawkins led on defense with 15 tackles and a forced fumble; Alex Warner had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery; Chaz Briggs had nine tackles; Zachary Orr had six tackles and a forced fumble; and Johnson scooped up a fumble and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.