Bulldogs prepare for Jesuit in second round of D-I football playoffs
by Bob Brownne
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The Tracy High football team is holding night practices now that the playoffs are underway. 

Practicing later puts the Bulldogs on the field under similar cold, damp conditions to what they’ll face Friday night, Nov. 22, when the Jesuit Marauders of Carmichael High come to town for the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

Tracy junior running back Nate Jones said the Bulldogs (10-1) are willing to face rougher conditions each week as the competition gets tougher.

“Even if it was raining at the time we had to practice, we were still going to practice, because they’re going to come out here and play the best they can and try to knock us off, but we don’t feel like we’re done playing yet,” Jones said.

Jesuit (8-3) is one of four Delta River League teams — including No. 1 Folsom, the DRL champion, No. 3 Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills and No. 7 Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove — in the Division I quarterfinals. Two teams that Jesuit beat, Christian Brothers of Sacramento, Division III, and Franklin of Elk Grove, Division I, are also in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

The Marauders have covered nearly 310 yards per game on the ground and 150 yards per game passing this season. Jesuit, the No. 12 seed in Division I, beat No. 5 seed Merced 49-39 last week to advance to tonight’s game.

The Bulldogs are on a roll, scoring at least five touchdowns in each of the past seven games. Jones scored his 20th touchdown in Tracy’s 56-14 win against Edison on Friday, Nov. 15, in the first round of playoffs. He also surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in that game for 1,051 total yards.

He stressed that a Bulldog team that covers 391 yards per game, including 323 yards rushing, starts on the offensive line.

“I give congratulations to the linemen. Without them, I couldn’t get 1,000 yards or 20 touchdowns,” Jones said.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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