Lathrop scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter on Friday and surged ahead of visiting Mt. Diablo for a 49-26 victory — the Spartans’ first under new head coach Ryan Teicheira.
They did most of their damage on the ground, rushing 33 times for 315 yards and 9.5 per carry out of the Wing-T.
“It was a great win or the program,” Teicheira said. “These kids have worked hard for this win and it feels good. We have our work cut out for us this week with the rivalry (against Weston Ranch) and look forward to continue to build on the good things we did tonight. Our goal is to get to 2-1.”
Lathrop (1-1) led 42-18 after an action-packed first half.
The Spartans never trailed after Eduardo Reynoso’s (six rushes, 42 yards) 5-yard scamper and Anthony Cuellar’s point-after kick catapulted them to a 7-6 lead. Quarterback Noah Martinez (eight rushes, 33 yards) scored twice on 1-yard runs during the barrage, and Kameron Jones (five rushes, 77 yards) scored on 32- and 17-yard jaunts.
J.R. Williams (six rushes, 49 yards) capped the first-half scoring with a 9-yard run. Aaron Ramones (three rushes, 51 yards) scored Lathrop’s lone TD in the second half from 27 yards out.
Hernandez completed one of his three passes, connecting with Justin Tisdell for a 17-yard gain.
Lathrop’s defense forced two turnovers and held the Red Devils attack to 275 yards (42 rushing).
Ripon game postponed
The Indians (0-1) were scheduled to face Sonora (0-1) on the road Friday, but the game was postponed because of poor air quality.
Ripon plans on hosting a triple-header with the Wildcats today, pending air quality. Kickoff times for the freshman, JV and varsity games are 2, 4 and 6 p.m.