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Ripon’s Andrew Woods tries to break up the pass play intended for Lathrop’s Keenan Donatelli during Friday’s sophomore game at Ripon High’s Stouffer Field.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED September 23, 2013 1:17 a.m.

The Lathrop sophomore football hung with the Indians on Ripon High’s homecoming night but couldn’t keep up with their balanced rushing attack in a 28-7 loss last Friday.

The Spartans fell to 1-2 going into next week’s Valley Oak League opener with Weston Ranch.

Quarterback Diego Chavez had 94 yards on 7-of-11 passing. Keenan Donatelli-Bryant snared three of those tosses for 67 yards, while Alex Valencia caught three for 23 yards. Jackari Thompson was Lathrop’s rushing leader with 56 yards on 14 carries. Valencia (12 rushes, 37 yards) also contributed to the ground game.

Santiago paced the defense with seven tackles. Valencia finished with six, and R.J. Tisdale added five.

Weston Ranch 22

Bear Creek 16

Phillip Strothers collected three interceptions as the Cougars held off visiting Bear Creek.

Malik Pruitt rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown while adding 20 yards receiving.

Quarterback Isaac Owen was a well-rounded contributor with 55 passing yards, 30 rushing and two quarterback sacks. Manual Cobarrobias scored once and had two sacks defensively.

Brendyn Grando chipped in a touchdown. Jessie Cordero (sack) and Elijah Harper (interception) were other standouts.

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