The two local teams both won in the novice division — the Cougars over the Manteca Chargers at Ceres High, and the Raiders over the Modesto 49ers at Sierra High in Manteca — and will face each other in the South Conference Championship at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tracy High.
The Raiders beat the Cougars in the junior varsity division in the first round at Sierra High, gaining the Raiders a spot in the conference championship against the Modesto 49ers at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tracy High.
The Cougars beat the Raiders in the varsity division at Ceres High and will play at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tracy High. Novice: Cougars 26, Chargers 0
The Cougars’ defense never allowed the visiting Manteca Chargers’ offense a chance to get going. Linebacker Justin Velasco had 13 tackles, Dominic Eaglin made six tackles and Jordan Roberts had five tackles and an interception return for a 35-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Christian Velasco led on offense with 140 yards on 16 carries. He scored in the first quarter on a 42-yard sweep around the right, again in the second on a 19-yard sweep to the right, and once more in the fourth on a 12-yard sweep to the left. The offensive line — led by Steven Ramirez, Brandon Rabino, Alex Valdivino, To’a Heck and Dylan Hambleton — made plenty of space for the Cougars’ running backs. Novice: Raiders 35, 49ers 12
Although the Raiders’ offense struggled early, the defense held its ground in the first half.
The Raiders opened the second half with an onside kick recovery and a 42-yard march to the end zone. The 49ers answered with a touchdown on the next drive, but the Raiders reached the end zone twice more in the half, while the 49ers logged only one more touchdown as the clock ran out in the fourth quarter.
Cody Bolton completed five of seven passes for 134 yards, including two touchdown passes to Brandon Zaunbrecher. Marcel Dancy covered 165 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns, K.J. Moody ran for 30 yards and Marcellous Starling ran for nine yards.
Daniel Abbate led on defense with 14 tackles, Dave Money notched 12 tackles, Marquez Vaughn had 11 tackles, Noah Pajarillo recorded six tackles and Skyler Drymon made five tackles. Junior Varsity: Raiders 37, Cougars 0
The Raiders’ Braedon Oki scored on the opening kickoff on a 75-yard return. Demari Taylor scored for the team on a 4-yard run in the second quarter, and Michael Brown passed to Marcus Gammage for the 2-point conversion. Bukhari Said scored again for the Raiders in the third quarter on a 49-yard run. The Raiders scored three more times in the fourth quarter, first on a 5-yard run from Gammage, then on a 28-yard pass from Brown to Kharyem Watson, and again on Said’s 6-yard run.
Gammage was the leading rusher with 87 yards on 10 carries. Taylor ran for 69 yards on 10 carries, and Said covered 70 yards on five carries. Brown completed three passes to Oki for 47 yards and tossed the touchdown pass to Said.
Leading defenders in the game were Jacob Taloa with nine tackles, Aaron Denholm with eight tackles and a sack, Ryan King and Rashaad Cooper with six tackles each, and Kharyem Watson with four tackles and two interceptions.
Statistics for the Cougars were not available. Varsity: Cougars 26, Raiders 0
The Cougars took their second win this season against the Raiders with a defensive game that gave them their sixth shutout of the season.
Carlos Ordaz led the Cougars’ defense with 11 tackles. Marcus Lomas had nine tackles, and Jaelin Ratliff made six tackles. Malik Portillo, Adrian Vasquez and Cody Corriea each added five tackles, and Ryan Herrera made a sack. Gaige Allen and Kenny Daye each had an interception — Daye returned his 55 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
On offense, the Cougars rushed for 312 yards. Gaige Allen covered 90 yards on six carries, including a 28-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Daye, who had six carries for 75 yards, followed up his second-quarter score with touchdowns in the third quarter on a 3-yard run and in the fourth on a 59-yard run. Marcus Lomas rushed for 45 yards on nine carries and scored a point-after conversion, and Jaelin Ratliff rushed six times for 36 yards. Junior Novice: Raiders jamboree
The Tracy Raiders Junior Novice squad competed in a jamboree to end the regular season. They faced the North Stockton Bengals and the East Stockton Yellow Jackets in seven-minute running-clock games.
The Raiders held the Bengals to just 16 yards and reached the end zone once on a touchdown pass. In the second matchup with the Yellow Jackets, the Raiders again controlled their opponents with strong defense and reached the end zone twice, once in the air and once on the ground.
Evan Hoyt completed three of nine passes, including two to Reno Zuniga for touchdowns. Anthony Meza ran the ball eight times for 40 yards, while Bradley Maddox had four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, Elijah Evans made six tackles; Preston Wilson made four tackles, caught one interception and made a fumble recovery; Sammo Blackwell made two tackles and a sack, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble; and Nolan Willis recorded two tackles and two sacks. Tracy Buccaneers: Cheerleaders qualify to head to Las Vegas
The Tracy Buccaneers Novice cheer team took first place at the JAMZ cheer competition at the University of the Pacific in Stockton on Oct. 25. They qualified for JAMZ Nationals in Las Vegas in January.
Team members are Eliana Arnaudo, Janelle Bush, Skyler Chelman-Riehl, Auzjanae Cusseaux, Shaelyn Hawkins, Breanna Jones, Alicia Leonardo, Chrissy Martinez, Kasondra Moore, Iliana Oliver-Aguilar, Korynn Pope, Marti Rhinehart, Kayla Rio, Meghan Rio and Ashley Sousa.
Coaches are Tanya Aguilar-Oliver, Maylene Warner and Nicole Utley.
Junior instructors are Ebonie Cole and Tiana Turner.