By DAVE CAMPBELL
The East Union freshman had a rough start Thursday and did not recover in a 29-8 loss to visiting Turlock in non-league action at Dino Cunial Field.
The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and chewed up more than half of the first quarter with a grueling, ground-pounding drive to take a 7-0 lead. The Lancers’ Keona Cayode (four carries, 69 yards; four receptions, 61 yards) landed a solid counter punch with a 65-yard run deep into Turlock territory, only for East Union to cough the ball up on the next play with the Turlock defender plucking the ball out of the air and taking it to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Dylan Lee (4 of 11 passing, 61 yards) got the Lancers on the board late in the fourth quarter after engineering a scoring drive when he plunged in for a touchdown from 3 yards out.
Jhamir Jackson led the East Union defense with nine tackles. David Flores and Renald Bacigalupi added six stops apiece, Cayode five and Ace Avelar, Nicholas Ridgewell and Aaron Velazquez three each. Lee forced a fumble and Gabe New had a fumble recovery.
The Buffaloes broke a 14-14 halftime tie and held on for the win.
Alex Murietta had 192 yards rushing with scoring runs of 2 and 55 yards. Colton Stonum (10 yards passing, 57 yards rushing) added a 2-yard touchdown run; Paul Gains and Ricardo Villivazo contributed on offense.
Gains made 10 tackles, Mason Gibson, Ricardo Villivazo and Luis Rivera five apiece and Alex Murietta (force fumble) four.
Downey 38, Ripon 9
Sometimes you just have to take what is given you.
Trailing 30-0 at halftime, the Indians got on the board with a safety when Ricardo Ochoa and Logan Rhines dropped the Knights of Modesto quarterback in the end zone.
On the ensuing kickoff, Carson Daly returned the short kick about 15 yards and then with another 15 added on for a facemask penalty, leading to a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Jacob Codde for the lone Ripon touchdown of the game.
Sierra 18, Lathrop 6
The Spartans scored first at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium on Friday, but the Timberwolves scored more.
Evyn White (16 carries, 90 yards) scored on 1- and 11-yard runs for Sierra, with his 1-yard plunge set up by Ian Metcalf’s blocked punt. Joel Lopez (5 of 15 passing, 63 yards) found Mario Dela Rosa with an 8-yard touchdown pass to start the Timberwolves scoring.