The Tracy High football team put up a fast and powerful running attack backed by an oppressive defense in the Bulldogs’ 28-6 win over Kimball High on Friday, Sept. 20, at Kimball’s Don Nicholson Stadium.
“We’re very motivated. We just wanted to come up with a win,” Tracy junior running back Jason Nelson said. “We had to be aggressive.”
Nelson led a 53-yard first-quarter drive, capped by senior quarterback Damon Stroup’s 4-yard touchdown run, after senior linebacker Chris Mahar intercepted a pass from Jaguar senior quarterback Ben Juarez.
Tracy’s defense shut down every other Kimball drive in the first half, including one where Tracy junior linebacker Nate Jones intercepted a pass, reaching up with one hand to pull the ball in.
The Bulldogs (3-1) scored twice more against the Jaguars (1-2) in the second quarter. Stroup ran the ball in from the 2-yard line to finish a 68-yard drive, and Jones broke through the line for a 57-yard touchdown dash to give Tracy a 21-0 lead at the half, including a 2-point conversion run for Stroup and a point-after kick for Conrad Njamfa.
Jones, who ran the ball for 116 yards on nine carries, said he was partially motivated by the local rivalry, and rumors that players from Kimball had made remarks about Tracy’s work ethic.
“Teams can talk as much as they want, but the play talks for us,” Jones said. “We just want to come out and portray that our play is better than theirs and we proved it tonight.”
Tracy totaled 303 yards on offense, including 276 yards rushing.Tracy senior Chaz Briggs ran the ball seven times for 56 yards, including a 32-yard run that set up a 12-yard touchdown run for Stroup at the start of the fourth quarter. Njamfa made the kick to put Tracy up 28-0.
Tracy coach Matt Shrout said Tracy should have had a better second half, but his backup players could not keep up the momentum the Bulldogs built in the first half.
“We have to work harder if we’re going to do what we want to do this year,” Shrout said.
The Jaguars managed 41 yards of offense in the first half and 98 yards total.Tracy still brought some strong defense to the second half as the line pushed Kimball quarterbacks Juarez and junior Mirro Bidanian back for losses.
Senior running back Gaige Allen made up for those losses by running for 104 yards on 14 carries, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He said the Kimball team brought a tighter offensive line in the second half.
“We’re getting there. We just have to learn to stay on our blocks,” Allen said.
Kimball also brought tougher defense to the second half as junior Rashaad Cooper sacked Stroup twice for 17 yards worth of losses, and also picked up a fumble and ran it back for 31 yards.
“We made some adjustments in the second half and came out a little bit harder,” Cooper said. “We improved from last week and will improve going into next week.”
Kimball coach Charles Spikes said his team is improving but has to stay consistent.
“I like how we competed in the second half,” he said. “We have to do that for four quarters instead of two.”
Tracy’s sophomores beat Kimball 20-0, with Conner Johnson and Courtney Hawkins-Hazelwood running in touchdowns, and Hawkins-Hazelwood scoring on a pass from Thomas Greely.
Tracy won the freshman game 35-7 on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Kimball High. Andrew Maroulas and Samual Rodriguez ran in touchdowns for Tracy in the first half. Kavon Prater ran in a touchdown for Kimball at the start of the third quarter.Tracy’s Lee Brewer scored in the third quarter on a pass from Maroulas, and Skyler Oki ran in two for Tracy in the fourth quarter.
Franklin 26, West 21
The West High football team (0-4) played a close game with Franklin High (3-1) of Stockton on Friday, Sept. 20, at West’s Steve Lopez Stadium. West coach Chris Myers said the Wolf Pack had a 21-20 lead when Franklin executed a screen play for a 97-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
It was a 14-14 game at the half with West scoring first on a 4-yard touchdown run for senior John Choi, and on a 2-yard run for junior Kyle Hunt. West took the lead in the third quarter on a 57-yard pass from Hunt to junior Ashiko Morgan.
“We were in a position to win it,” Myers said. “We were right there and we’re getting better every week.”
West’s sophomores beat Franklin 21-0 with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for Aga Mejia, a 1-yard run for Marcel Dancy in the second quarter and Dancy’s 48-yard punt return in the third quarter.
West’s freshmen traveled to Oakdale for a 32-12 loss on Thursday, Sept. 19. The Wolf Pack scored on touchdown passes from Jake Hitachk to Geno Porras and Isaiah Abdul-Basir.
VacavilleChristian 21, Millennium 19
The Millennium High Falcons saw a 12-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter on Friday.
The Falcons (2-2) were ahead 19-7 when the Vacaville Christian team (2-0) scored on a 70-yard run in the fourth and took the lead with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Millennium had a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after the Falcons scored on a safety and junior Malik Charles kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Millennium senior Raymond DelaRosa, who ran the ball 17 times for 137 yards, scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and scored again on a 9-yard run in the third, followed by senior quarterback Majot Atwal’s 2-point conversion pass to junior Jake Adams.