The Tracy High football team came up with a night of big plays for the homecoming crowd in a 42-6 win over San Joaquin Athletic Association opponent Lodi on Friday, Oct. 18, at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
Tracy’s rushing game averaged 8.5 yards per-carry for 357 yards on the ground. Tracy (6-1, 2-0 SJAA) also gained 43 yards passing for senior quarterback Damon Stroup and junior quarterback Michael Brown.
Lodi (3-4, 1-1 SJAA) scored first on a 5-yard touchdown pass, but Tracy’s special teams made their first contribution of the night as junior Jason Nelson returned the kickoff 35 yards to set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown drive, which covered 55 yards in five plays, including senior Eric Hawkins 3-yard touchdown run.
Junior Jacob Alvarado set up Tracy’s second touchdown drive with a 42-yard punt return in the second quarter, and Brown ran in the touchdown two plays later.
“We had to come in hard,” Alvarado said. “We’ve been grinding every day at practice and we’ve been doing good, so hopefully we keep coming together as one team and keep it going through league.”
Junior Nate Jones ran in a touchdown from the 1 yard line in the second, and Tracy scored on a safety after senior defensive end Michael Frymyer blocked a punt and chased the ball back to the end zone, but a Lodi player was able to grab the ball before Frymyer could scoop it up.
“We just stayed true to our defense and came out firing,” Frymyer said. “No technical problems, we just did our job.”
“For homecoming we had to do something big.”
Tracy made it a 25-6 game at the half with Camron Divoky’s 27-yard field goal at the close of the second quarter. Divoky also kicked a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter, and was four-for-four on point-after kicks.
Nelson was Tracy’s rushing leader with 90 yards on six carries, including a 58-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Jones ran for 44 yards on seven carries with a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Hawkins ran for 59 yards on five carries, Stroup ran the ball six times for 60 yards, and Brown covered 53 yards on eight runs.
Tracy’s defense held Lodi to 81 yards of offense in the first half, including 54 yards rushing. Lodi had 145 total yards of offense for the night.
Nelson said the Bulldogs are building their determination as they get into the heart of the season, which continues at Lincoln High in Stockton on Oct. 25. That will be the big game in Tracy’s quest for the SJAA title.
“We play game by game,” Nelson said. “We’ve got Monday practice, we’ve got to show up and give it every thing we’ve got and get ready for Lincoln on Friday.”
Tracy coach Matt Shrout said there are still places Tracy needs to improve before facing Lincoln.
“We turned the ball over a couple times and that’s unacceptable, but I like where we’re at,” Shrout said. “Our kids are in a good place. They’re confident and we’ll be ready for the rest of the league.”
Lodi won the sophomore game 27-14. Conner Johnson ran in both of Tracy’s touchdowns and covered 78 yards on eight runs. Nate Turner ran for 109 yards on nine carries.
Manteca 49, Kimball 12
Manteca (6-1, 4-0 Valley Oak League) charged out to a 28-0 second-quarter lead against Kimball (3-4, 2-2 VOL) on Friday at Manteca High. The Buffaloes scored on three touchdowns runs in the first quarter and a 25-yard touchdown pass in the second before Kimball senior Gaige Allen scored on a 46-yard run and a 20-yard run, both in the second quarter. The Buffaloes came back with a 36-yard touchdown pass in the second and touchdown runs in the third and fourth quarters.
Manteca won the sophomore game 33-12.Jerome Fulgado scored both of Kimball’s touchdowns.
Tokay 55, West 3
West’s first drive of the game on Friday at the Grape Bowl in Lodi turned out to be the the only scoring opportunity for the Wolf Pack (1-6, 0-2 Tri-City Athletic League). Junior quarterback Kyle Hunt broke away for a 70-yard run to set up a 34-yard field goal for junior kicker Ivan Terriquez. After that the game belonged to Tokay (6-1, 1-1 TCAL).
Tokay won the sophomore game 42-16. West scored on a 38-yard field goal for Modesto Silvestre, a touchdown run for Aga Megia, and James Gibbons completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Dion Collier.
Big Valley Christian 28, Millennium 7
The Millennium football team was able to move the ball on offense Friday at Big Valley Christian in Modesto, but the Falcons (4-3, 1-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) suffered from turnovers and stalled in the red zone to remain scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Big Valley (4-3, 2-0 CCAA) scored on two touchdown runs in the first half and ran 78 yards for a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the third quarter. Big Valley scored again in the fourth on a 4-yard run, and the Falcons responded when senior D’Vontae Kelly ran the kickoff back 84 yards for a touchdown.
Junior Kirk Truehill was Millennium’s offensive leader with 70 yards on 13 runs. Senior quarterback Mojo Atwal completed eight of 23 passes for 77 yards, including four passes to junior Malik Charles for 37 yards.
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