The Wolf Pack beat the visiting Edison Vikings 27-6 on Friday, Oct. 26, at Steve Lopez Stadium for West's first win of the season. The win capped the Pack's homecoming week.
After a sluggish first quarter marred by penalties on both sides, the Pack (1-8, 1-3 Tri-City Athletic League) took a 10-0 lead over Edison (2-7, 0-4 TCAL) in the second quarter and had the winning spirit in the second half
"We were fired up going into halftime winning, so we just wanted to keep it going," junior fullback Kepa Saaga said. He led the Wolf Pack's rushing attack with 161 yards on 16 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He said his team aims to keep up the momentum going into next week's game against Stagg in Stockton.
"We've got one more in us. We're going to come out and play like we did now."
In all West covered 368 yards on the ground, including 233 in the second half. Senior Kenny Silva ran the ball 11 times for 90 yards, with an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. West senior quarterback Bobby Landrum completed three of four passes for 33 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Scott Romo in the first quarter.
Romo said the win is a huge relief after a rough season.
"All year we went through so much adversity. It feels great that it finally paid off," Romo said. "We were tired of losing and we were ready to go."
West also scored on two field goals from Jackson Nott, including a 26-yard kick at the start of the second quarter and a 35-yard kick at the start of the fourth. Nott also was three-for-three on point-after kicks.
West's defense held Edison to 103 yards rushing and 120 yards passing. Deandre Thompson and Marius Williams both had interceptions for West, and Calvin Ogamba picked up an Edison fumble on a kickoff in the third quarter to set up West's third touchdown drive.
West coach Matt Loggins said he pushed his team hard in practice after a 49-3 loss last week at St. Mary's.
"It's been a season of adversity and perseverance, but losing like we did last week, I really challenged them Saturday," Loggins said. "We really pushed them and we just said, 'Hey, we've got to become a team,' and we really gave a team effort tonight."
West's sophomores beat Edison 42-14. West (3-5-1, 3-1 TCAL) scored in the first quarter on two touchdown runs for Chance Wilson and a touchdown run for Daryn Higaki. Demari Taylor ran in a touchdown in the second quarter, Tucker Morris ran one in in the third, and Kyle Hunt ran in a touchdown in the fourth. Ivan Terriquez was six-for-six on point-after kicks. Score of the freshman game was not available.
Kimball 55, Weston Ranch 7
The Jaguars took another step foward in the Valley Oak League with a win at Weston Ranch in Stockton on Friday. Kimball (4-5, 3-3 Valley Oak League) dominated the first half against the Cougars (4-5, 2-4 VOL) for a 35-7 halftime lead.
Senior running back Evan Owens led the Jaguars' ground game with 154 yards rushing, including a 50-yard touchdown run, and also caught two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Zack Johnson, who had 125 yards passing and 87 yards rushing, including a 47-yard touchdown run. Alex Toledo ran in two touchdowns, from from 42 yards out, another from 2 yards out, and Austin Griffith scored on an 80-yard punt return and on a fumble recovery and 30-yard return.
Kimball's defensive effort included interceptions for Issa Yusef and Josh Searle.
Score of the sophomore game was not available. Kimball's freshmen (0-8-1, 0-5-1 VOL) tied Weston Ranch 26-26 on Thursday, Oct 25, with two touchdowns each for Fred Gerstenberger and Myles Hall. Malcolm Sherman had two interceptions on defense.
Tracy 28, Chavez 20
Tracy High's football team made a second-half comeback to hang on to second place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association and also put the Bulldogs in good shape to make the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
Tracy (6-3, 3-1 SJAA) had to overcome its first-quarter turnovers in a game played at Franklin High in Stockton on Friday, Oct. 26.
"Once we settled down we did what we were supposed to do," Tracy coach Matt Shrout said.
Chavez (3-6, 1-3 SJAA) was ahead 14-6 when it turned into a back-and-forth game in the third quarter. Bruce Russell ran in his second touchdown of the night in the third, and Nate Jones scored on a 65-yard kickoff return in the third to put Tracy in the lead, 22-20. Russell ran in one more in the fourth from teh 29-yard line, and totaled 119-yards on 22 carries and also ran in two 2-point conversions. Sophomore quarterback Michael Brown ran for 92 yards on 16 carries.
Tracy's sophomores (8-1, 4-0 SJAA) beat Chavez 35-20. Jacob Alvarado and Brandon Russell both ran in touchdowns, and Jake Serrato completed five of seven passes for 133 yards, including touchdown passes to Alvarado and Robert Ramirez. Alvarado also had three interceptions on defense, including one that he returned for a touchdown, and Anthony Karjalainen was five-for-five on point-after kicks.
Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage 32, Millennium 12
The Millennium Falcons traveled to San Andreas for a loss to Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage on Friday, Oct. 26. Sierra Ridge/ROP had a 16-0 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Falcons (1-8, 0-4 Central California Athletic Alliance) finally scored on a 1-yard run for junior quarterback Manjot Atwal. Millennium scored once more in the fourth on Devon Wright's 11-yard run, but the Falcons were unable to keep up with the Rams (2-7, 1-3 CCAA), who also scored twice in the fourth quarter.