In spite of their homecoming game loss the Bulldogs (5-3, 2-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association) came away with confidence that they put up a good fight against Lincoln (5-3, 3-0 SJAA) as they found ways to break through the Trojan defense to collect big yardage on the ground.
Leading the way was Bulldog senior running back Bruce Russell, who ran for 256 yards on 29 carries. Most of those runs were for short yards up the middle, and he also found the gaps he needed to make three touchdown runs, including a 65-yard dash up the right side in the third quarter. He also ran in a 2-point conversion in the first quarter
“The offensive line did great, especially No. 75, Bongo (senior Josh Bongiovanni),” Russell said, adding that Lincoln made the most of its offensive opportunities on Friday.
“Thirty-two is a lotta points to still lose,” he said. “We’ve just got to come back and finish league strong and go to playoffs.”
Tracy also scored on junior Eric Hawkins’ 95-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, and on Hawkins' 12-yard run in the fourth after Chris Mahar picked up a Lincoln fumble.
Lincoln’s advantage was senior running back Justin Davis, who totaled 271 yards on 22 carries. Davis covered 252 yards in just the first half, including five touchdown runs, scoring twice on the first play from scrimmage, and led the Trojans to a 49-20 lead at the half.
Lincoln quarterback Zack Greenlee completed 11 of 23 passes for 225 yards. One was a touchdown pass to Osha Washington, another a touchdown pass to Stephan Robinson. Davis ran in another touchdown in the second half, as did Curtis Young-Gaines.
Tracy senior quarterback Luke Hanna completed five of 11 passes for 112 yards before he had to leave the game in the third quarter with a hurt shoulder. Backup quarterback Damon Stroup played for only one possession before he had to go to the emergency room following a helmet-to-helmet collision with a Lincoln player, and junior Luke Pulliam finished the game as quarterback.
Tracy’s sophomores (7-1, 3-0 SJAA) beat Lincoln 42-20 Friday. Michael Brown ran in two touchdowns. Angelo Arnaudo, Robert Ramirez and Brandon Russell also ran in touchdowns, and Jacob Alvarado forced a fumble, picked it up, and ran it in 30 yards for a touchdown.
Lincoln’s freshmen beat Tracy 41-20 on Thursday, Oct. 18. Three fumbles in the red zone in the first half cost the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0 SJAA), and allowed Trojans to take a 28-7 lead in the first quarter. C.J. Hawkins and Thomas Greely each threw touchdown passes to Armondo Gonzalez, and Hawkins also scored on a 95-yard kickoff return.
Kimball 53, East Union 28
The Jaguars dominated the start of Friday’s game at East Union High. Kimball (3-5, 2-3 Valley Oak League) took a 34-7 halftime lead over the Lancers (1-7, 1-4 VOL). Evan Owens ran for 170 yards for the Jaguars and ran in three touchdowns. Alex Toledo ran in two touchdowns, and quarterback Zack Johnson ran in a touchdown and also threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Charles Walker, and Austin Griffith ran the ball for 110 yards.
Kimball’s sophomores beat East Union 38-14 on Friday. East Union won the freshman game 28-6 on Thursday, Oct. 18. Kimball scored on a 50-yard pass from Eric Johnson to Myles Hall.
St. Mary’s 49, West 3
Tri-City Athletic League leader St. Mary’s beat the Wolf Pack in Stockton on Friday. West (0-8, 0-3 TCAL) got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when Jackson Nott kicked a 40-yard field goal. Kepa Saaga led the West offense with 63 yards rushing for the night. St. Mary’s (6-2, 3-0 TCAL) now shares first place in league with Stagg High.
The St. Mary’s sophomore team beat the Wolf Pack 49-14 in Stockton on Friday. West (2-5-1, 2-1 TCAL) got on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 53-yard pass from Demari Taylor to Christian Teyshak, and Alex Martinez threw a 15-yard pass to Taylor in the second quarter.
Elliot Christian 49, Millennium 8
Elliot Christian of Lodi had a 28-8 lead over the Falcons at the half. Devon Wright scored the only touchdown for the Falcons (1-7, 0-3 Central California Athletic Alliance) with a 64-yard run, and Wright also ran in the 2-point conversion. Elliot Christian (6-2, 2-1 CCAA) had a 28-8 lead at the half and scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter. Leading defender for the Falcons was Daniel Solares with 13 tackles and an interception.