LOS BANOS — It was a one-point game going into the fourth quarter, and Pacheco broke away with a pair of late touchdowns to down Sierra 42-27 on Friday.
“It was a good game until late in the fourth quarter,” Sierra coach Chris Johnson said. “They just happened to put together a 99-yard drive that just kind of the game out of reach for us and then added another onto that. I think that our kids fought hard and played really well and we had some bright spots and some things that we can be proud of. I think our line played well on both sides of the ball.”
Timberwolves back Larenz Redd also proved to be a bright spot for Sierra, racking up 234 yards on 10 carries and accounting for three of Sierra’ four touchdowns.
With the loss, Sierra drops to 1-2 during nonleague action, and will have a week off before starting the Valley Oak League season against Kimball on Sept. 22.
“We have a week off so that’s a chance to get back to working on some things and getting healthy,” Johnson said. “We’re a little banged up right now, as (quarterback) Jacob Peterson didn’t play tonight, but we had Nick Stanley that stepped up and did a good job for us. Hopefully we can rest up and kind of clean somethings up and come back out ready for league.”
Lathrop 3, Johansen 0
MODESTO — With two starters out with injuries, the Spartans (1-3) shelled Johansen 25-13, 25-20, 25-13 for its first win of the season.
Avleen Kaur led a balanced attack with 10 kills. Julianna Denning added nine kills, and Malia Akers also had nine to go with nine digs and five aces. Karina Chavez produced 25 assists at setter.
Krystal Tempra and Harjass Kaur anchored the defense with 14 and 10 digs, respectively. Lathrop opens Valley Oak League play with visiting East Union on Monday.
Johansen 2, Lathrop 1
MODESTO — Freshman Naomi Chavez led Lathrop with five kills and five aces.
Rylie Asuncion and Khiya Thornton contributed three kills apiece. Hailey Hunter picked up 11 digs.
Lathrop 2, Johansen 1
MODESTO — Ke’mya Barnett served six aces to help the Spartans come through for a 16-25, 25-23, 15-11 victory.
Crispa Ballesteros chipped in four aces, and Erika Menchaca was lauded for her all-around hustle.