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Willson’s TD passes enough to lift Sierra past Golden Valley
Lincoln-East Union JV football
East Union quarterback Anthony Morales gets the pass off while under pressure from Lincoln’s Kendrick Davis (33) and Ayden Pham (54) in junior varsity action last Friday at Dino Cunial Field. The visiting Trojans won, 44-6. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Zak Willson threw for two touchdowns Friday to lead Sierra to a 14-0 win over Golden Valley in non-league junior varsity action.

Willson (2 for 8 passing, 105 yards; six carries, 42 yards) hit John Herrera (two catches, 58 yards) hit John Herrera with an 18-yard second-quarter touchdown pass and in the third period Taylor Rowe pulled in a 35-yard scoring pass from Willson.

Tali Vaipuna made his one carry count for the Timberwolves with a 50-yard run. victor Yamamoto and Cameron Diego also chipped in on offense.

The Sierra defense held the Cougars to just 75 yards of total offense and made four sacks. Mario Juarez led the Timberwolves defense with 12 tackles with Victor Yamamoto and Jonathon Lawas adding eight stops apiece and Isaiah Guerrero making five tackles. Jake Cronin, Caleb Love, Evens Greenwood, Hezekiah Griffin, Willson, Herrera and Joseph Fortes all contributed to the Sierra defense.



East Union 26, Lincoln 24

The Lancers moved the ball 70 yards in the game’s final minute Thursday capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Simoni to Jackson Fay as time expired to give East Union the thrilling come-from-behind non-league win. 

Following an interception by Fay, Simoni (10 of 21 passing, 172 yards) hit Fay (seven receptions, 159 yards) with a 50-yard touchdown pass to come within 24-20. Robert Gaston, Chris Gallego, Raule Cardenas, Bruce Rivera and Caydan Soliz then stepped up for the Lancers defense to force the Trojans from Stockton to turn the ball over on downs, setting up the last-second East Union heroics.

Gallego scored a touchdown for the Lancers, gaining 60 yards on 10 carries. Jeremy A’pe contributed on offense for the East Union.


Linden 14, Sierra 7

With the Timberwolves offense stymied, Jayson Arnoldus got the lone points one the board for Sierra with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Sierra’s Varreho Zingkhai tallied 76 yards on 13 carries and Jayden Pimentel tallied 47 passing yards. Julian Ruiz, Ryan Reyes, Lorenzo Jones and Jacob Paris also contributed on offense.

Lorenzo Jones led the Timberwolves defense with six tackles with A.J. Chapman and Jacob Paris adding three stops each. Arian Nasir, John Thomson, Ryan Reyes, Ben Davenport, Koa Rodrigues and Noah Valdivia all chipped in on defense for Sierra.


Ripon 0, Hilmar 0

Landon Crawford picked up 50 yards on 11 carries for the Indians.

Ripon’s Max Ferral, Gavin Garner, Gavin Marlow, Gavin Marlow, Caden Hernandez and Landon Crawford all contributed on offense.

Marlow led the Indians defense with five tackles and an interception. Crawford added four stops and Jesse Healy forced a fumble.