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Kimball clobbers Cougars on homecoming night
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TRACY — After rallying late to steal a win last week, Kimball put this one away much earlier Friday night.
Led by sophomore quarterback Nicholas Coronado’s four touchdown passes, the Jaguars celebrated a stress-free 62-0 homecoming romp against Weston Ranch.
Second-year head coach Mike Kuhnlenz, a Mantecan, has moved the Jaguars (2-1, 5-2 overall) closer to their first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth, but they have Valley Oak League giants to contend with the next three weeks — Manteca, Oakdale and Central Catholic. They’re coming off a wild 48-44 win over East Union in which Kimball scored 20 unanswered points in the final 7 minutes.
Coronado picked up where he left off at Don Nicholson Stadium, completing nine of 13 passes for 185 yard and four touchdowns — all in the first half. He hit 6-foot-6 Cal commit Kaleo Ballungay three times for 88 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion. Darren Jackson (four receptions, 62 yards, two TDs) and Jaxen North were also on the receiving end of touchdowns.
Kimball scored touchdowns on three straight plays from scrimmage at one point in the second quarter. Reserve running back Alonzo Jackson picked up 103 yards and touchdowns on his two carries, Louie Pacheco added three rushes, 59 yards and a score and Andre McDaniel returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards to paydirt.
Alonzo Jackson also starred defensively, accounting for one of his team’s four sacks and recovering a fumble for a turnover. Weston Ranch (0-2, 1-4) was limited to just 107 yards of offense, 41 of which came on its lone pass completion late in the fourth quarter when Atlantis Gholston hooked up with Pulusi Lantana.
The Cougars had their best moments early. On the opening drive, Aaron Vickers dug them out of a third-and-long hole from their own 8 with a 22-yard scamper. Penalties stalled the series, however.
Kimball looked to feature Ballungay often on its first drive, starting with a 35-yard pass play. On the next sequence, Gholston appeared to intercept a pass intended for Ballungay in the end zone but it was ruled a drop.  The Jaguars went back to the same play, only this time Ballungay came up with it for the touchdown as Gholston slipped.
The rout was on from there, as Weston Ranch’s small roster continued to take hits throughout the contest. Gholston, who starts at quarterback and free safety, went down with a leg injury late in the first quarter and did not return until the second half.
Vickers finished with 58 yards on 18 carries. He and fullback Marcel Phillips (12 rushes, 27 yards) took turns leading the offense off of direct snaps while Gholston was sidelined.
It doesn’t get easier for the Cougars, who take on Central Catholic and Manteca next for their final two home games of the season.

W. Ranch   0   0   0  0 — 0
Kimball     14 27 14 7 — 62

First quarter
K—Kaleo Ballungay 31 pass from Nicholas Coronado (Ballungay pass from Coronado), 6:19.
K— Darren Jackson 24 pass from Coronado (pass failed), 3:15.

Second quarter
K—Jaxen North 29 pass from Coronado (kick failed), 11:52.
K—Louie Pacheco 45 run (Jose Ahumada kick), 9:02.
K—Alonzo Jackson 23 run (Ahumada kick), 6:12.
K—Jackson 14 pass from Coronado (Ahumada kick), 2:31.

Third quarter
K—Andre McDaniel 85 kickoff return (Ahumada kick), 11:46.
K—A. Jackson 80 run (Ahumada kick), 0:45.

Fourth quarter
K—Kyle Gibson 25 run (Ahumada kick), 5:55.