There were few bright spots in the West High football team’s 48-7 loss to the Liberty High Lions of Brentwood during its home opener on Friday, Sept. 6 at Steve Lopez Stadium.
A 65-yard touchdown dash by junior running back Ashiko Morgan midway through the first quarter would prove the only score of the night for West (0-2).
“I ran into my guard, but I looked up and had an open space,” Morgan said. “I took the opportunity.”
But Morgan’s touchdown came after the Lions (2-0) already had a 14-0 lead, and the play accounted for most of West’s first-half offensive yards.
West found a few more opportunities to advance the ball in the second half, but still totaled only 150 yards on offense as junior quarterback Kyle Hunt had little time to work. Hunt went 1-for-10 and was sacked four times.
“I was running for my life back there,” Hunt said. “Our line wasn’t cutting it this week.”
Morgan finished the night with 73 yards on three carries. Junior Lautaime Alailefaleula had nine runs for 39 yards, and senior John Choi covered 29 yards on four runs.
The Lions had 298 yards on offense, including 155 yards passing, and held a 42-7 lead at the half. Two of the Lions’ first-half touchdowns came on punt returns of 89 and 86 yards. Liberty scored once more at the start of the fourth quarter.
West coach Chris Myers said that the Wolf Pack team is still finding its ideal lineup.
“We have seniors on the roster, but we don’t have seniors with much playing experience, so we’re still a young team,” he said. “The guys that are playing are the guys that are getting noticed in practice for being playmakers. Those are the guys we’re going to stick with until somebody challenges them for the spot.”
West’s sophomores (2-0) beat Liberty 14-6. West scored in the first quarter on a 20-yard run for Marcel Dancy, and in the third on Christian Velasco’s 50-yard interception return.
West’s freshmen beat Liberty 14-6 at Liberty on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Franklin 45, Tracy 14
The Tracy High Bulldogs were unable to overcome the Franklin (Elk Grove) Wildcats' height and speed in a 45-14 home loss on Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
Tracy coach Matt Shrout said the Bulldogs (1-1) couldn’t compensate for the Wildcats’ (2-0) tall receivers, who grabbed a series of touchdown passes in the end zone to take a 25-6 lead by half.
“There was nothing we could do about it,” Shrout said. “We were where we wanted to be and put pressure on their quarterback.”
Tracy collected 195 yards on offense, including 43 yards on six carries by junior Robbie Ramirez. Chaz Briggs covered 41 yards on seven runs, including a touchdown run, Eric Hawkins ran for 28 yards on two carries, including a touchdown run. Quarterback Damon Stroup completed 4-of-7 passes for 47 yards and also completed a 2-point conversion pass to Hawkins.
Tracy’s sophomores (0-2) also lost to Franklin 33-6 on Friday. Courtney Hawkins-Hazelwood, the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 75 yards on four runs, scored the team's only touchdown in the third quarter.
Tracy’s freshmen (1-1) beat Atwater 27-0 at home on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Patterson 28, Kimball 19
The Kimball High Jaguars were unable to keep up their first-half momentum against the Patterson Tigers in a home loss on Friday at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Kimball (0-1) took an early lead with senior quarterback Ben Juarez completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior Dominique Dixon in the first quarter. Senior Gaige Allen scoring on a 5-yard run in the first quarter while senior Damon Jackson ran for a 50-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Jaguars a 19-7 lead at the half.
The Tigers (2-0) came back in the second half with an 11-yard touchdown run and a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
“When we got tired we weren’t fundamentally sound,” said Kimball coach Charles Spikes. “They have a very talented quarterback, and when he got outside of us he made us pay for it.”
Patterson won the sophomore game 35-14 on Friday, and Patterson also won the freshman game 12-8 in Patterson on Thursday.
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