The Tracy Cougars novice team (11-2) won its second consecutive league title with a 27-0 win over the East Stockton Yellow Jackets. The Tracy Raiders junior varsity team (13-1) beat the South Stockton Vikings 13-12, and the Tracy Cougars varsity team took a 15-14 win over the North Stockton Bengals to finish their season at 10-3.
Novice: Cougars 27, Yellow Jackets 0
The novice Cougars played a back-and-forth game for the first quarter until they got on the scoreboard early in the second half on quarterback James Gibbons 9-yard run into the end zone. Gibbons also ran in the conversion.
The Yellow Jackets twice charged back in the first half, and got as far as the 3-yard line on one drive but were unable to push past the Cougar defense.
Gibbons scored on a 69-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter and passed to Jake Johnson for the conversion. The Cougars seized the momentum as Mateo Fernandez picked up a Stockton fumble on the 20-yard line and Gibbons followed with another touchdown and conversion.
The defense came through again as Michael Maldanado picked up a fumble to set up another scoring drive, this one finished by Joe Parker, who ran the ball in from 20 yards out to make it 27-0 at the end.
Junior varsity: Raiders 13, Vikings 12
The Vikings took an early lead on a 2-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter and held the 6-0 advantage until the fourth quarter. That’s when the Raiders defense pushed deep into Vikings territory before they had to give the ball up on downs 10 yards short of the goal line.
The Raiders defense pushed the Vikings back even further, forced a fumble and Aaron Denholm picked it up for the touchdown. Quarterback Michael Brown passed to Marcus Gammage for the point-after and the 7-6 lead for the Raiders. The Vikings pushed back and took a 12-7 lead with 1:56 left in the game.
The Raiders’ next drive started with Brown’s 45-yard pass play to Kharyem Watson to get to the Stockton 20-yard line, and Demari Taylor made a series of runs, including a 4-yard touchdown run with 40 second left for the 13-12 lead.
Brown led the Raiders offense, completing five of nine passes for 96 yards, and Watson caught three of them for 80 yards.
The Raider defense held up under the Vikings’ offensive drives and threats in Raider territory. Leading defenders were Austin Bishop, Bailey Krogh, Marcos Aguirre, Anthony Karjalainen, Kyle Pendleton, Rashaad Cooper, Aaron Denholm, Ryan King, Jake Serrato, Jacob Taloa, Myles Spencer, Kharyem Watson, and Braedon Oki, who had two interceptions.
Varsity: Cougars 15, Bengals 14
The Tracy Cougars took a 15-8 lead into the half over a fast Stockton team. Marcus Lomas scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter and Gaige Allen made the conversion. Allen ran the ball in again for the Cougars’ second touchdown and Lomas made the conversion.
The Cougars’ ground assault rolled up 337 yards, led by Lomas with 182 yards on 22 carries. Allen ran for 90 yards on 12 carries and Kenny Daye had 15 carries for 57 yards.
The Cougars gang-tackled all day, led by Daye with six tackles, Lomas with four tackles, and Wesley Thompson with three tackles. Daye, Lomas, and Jaelin Ratliff all broke up passes, and reserve safety Johnny Fisher had an interception.