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Coming off bye, Lancers shake off rusty start to beat Weston Ranch \
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East Union 7   28    14    0 — 49

Weston Ranch 0     7      0    6 — 13


First Quarter

E – Jacob Toste 75 pass from Luke Weaver (Cooper Rossi kick)


Second Quarter

E – Johntae Maggard run (Rossi kick)

E – Weaver run (Rossi kick)

W – Christopher Buttram pass from Namir Brown-Sanger (Mauricio Morales Gonzales kick)

E – Dylan Lee pass from Weaver (Rossi kick)

E – Lee pass from Weaver (Rossi kick)


Third Quarter

E – Lee 50 pass from Weaver (Rossi kick), 11:43

E – Nickolas Luna 10 pass from Weaver (Rossi kick), 7:15


Fourth Quarter

W – Buttram 10 pass from Brown-Sanger (kick blocked), 4:35

STOCKTON — The Lancers returned to action Friday with a 49-13 Valley Oak League victory at Weston Ranch.

But for East Union High's Mike Kuhnlenz and Ron Wayman of the Cougars, both first-year coaches for their respective football programs, the final score didn't quite sum up the entire evening,

"We're trying to build a culture," said Wayman, who was pleased that his team kept playing strong despite a rough second quarter.

Kuhnlenz is trying to get his team to the postseason. The Lancers (2-2 VOL, 5-3 overall), coming off a tough loss to rival Manteca two weeks ago followed by their bye week, had a flat start against Weston Ranch (0-5, 1-8).

"Hats off to them," he said, crediting the Cougars and their defense under Wayman and company.

East Union jumped out to the early lead when quarterback Luke Weaver connected with Jacob Toste on a 75-yard pass play in the first quarter.

Touchdown runs by Johntae Maggard and Weaver in the second gave the Lancers a 21-0 advantage.

A big pass play from quarterback Namir Brown-Sanger to Christopher Buttram cut the lead, 21-7.

East Union answered back with a pair of big plays from Weaver to his favorite target, Dylan Lee, shortly before the half.

After the two connected on a fade route, boosting the lead, 28-7, the Lancers added a turnover.

Kainoa Ontai came up with the interception with 14 seconds prior to the break. Weaver then hit Lee on a screen pass on the scoring play.

Ahead 35-7, Weaver and Lee picked off where they left off to open up the third quarter.

Lee hauled in the pass and raced 50 yards for the score.

Weaver's fourth touchdown pass of the game occurred midway through the third on a 10-yard fade route to Nickolas Luna.

Down 49-7, Weston Ranch showed no quit late in the game. Taking advantage of the short field, Brown-Sanger connected with Buttram once again on the 10-yard pass play.

Both teams have tough tasks ahead next week.

The Cougars will take on Oakdale while the Lancers will host Central Catholic.