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Lathrop’s first trip to Sonora ends in blowout loss to Wildcats

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POSTED October 2, 2010 3:12 a.m.
Dunleavy Field is one of the more special venues in the Valley Oak League, but the Sonora Wildcats are never gracious hosts.
The Wildcats had no trouble continuing that pattern in a 35-14 win over the Lathrop Spartans Friday.

Sonora walked into halftime with a comfortable 28-0 lead, cruising to a relatively easy victory after scoring a touchdown on its first play from scrimmage.

“Those kids play hard up there,” Lathrop head coach Jesse Rodriguez said. “We were a little bit shell-shocked in that first half and we didn’t play well for very much of it. We were able to pick it up in the second half and catch on with the game tempo, so we played a lot better late.”

Lathrop (0-2 VOL, 2-3 overall) got on the board with a 3-yard touchdown run from Andrew Aquino and a 1-yard score from Elijah Cash. Defensively, the Wildcats got a superb performance from wide-out Alex Kiriluk who had four game-breaking plays.

The Spartans were led on the ground by Christian Pena who toted the ball 16 times for 92 yards, while Aquino finished with 87 yards on 15 carries. Aquino also hauled in three passes for 27 yards.

The Spartans’ task for their first VOL win will not get any easier, as they welcome the defending co-VOL champion Oakdale Mustangs to Lathrop Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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