STOCKTON — Weston Ranch has a new quarterback, but that isn’t stopping Amier Bowen from making explosive plays.
Bowen, who set a single-season program passing record last year, rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns on 11 attempts, while Atlantis Gholston threw for three scores as the Cougars crushed host Franklin 41-19 on Friday.
Weston Ranch (1-1) was blanked 34-0 at Ripon in its season opener two weeks ago. The bye week has apparently done the Cougars some good, as Kevin Breaker picked up his first win as head coach.
Franklin (0-3) had no answer for Bowen and Co. at the start, giving up 27 unanswered points. Bowen scored on runs of 29 and 40 yards, while Gholston hooked up with Andrew Williams and Fletcher Pitts for TD tosses spanning 16 and 37 yards, respectively.
The Yellowjackets finally got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter when running back Felipe Figueroa (19 carries, 202 yards) found the end zone on a 37-yard catch-and-run. Sam Del Rio threw for three touchdowns but was intercepted once by Julius Nelson.
Pitts tallied his second touchdown of the night for Weston Ranch on a 32-yard pass, and Bowen capped his big night with a 55-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter.
Ripon Christian 30, Summerville 3
TUOLUMNE — The Knights (3-0) are ready for the Southern Athletic League after yet another impressive all-around effort Friday.
Sean McGovern led the way on both sides of scrimmage, finishing with 92 yards and three touchdowns on five receptions while recording 10 tackles and an interception on defense.
Michael Kamps contributed 159 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts, while Cade Alger (7 of 10, 96 yards, two TDs) and Nolan Lingley (6 of 10, 88 yards, TD) effectively split quarterbacking duties once again. Ripon Christian totaled 372 yards of offense.
Defensively, the Knights held Summerville (1-1) to 159 yards and scored a safety. Dale Fisher turned in 10 tackles, Declan Van Vuren had eight and Max Steele contributed three sacks.
Escalon 165, Ripon 167
ESCALON — The Indians (2-2) suffered their second two-stroke loss in Valley Foothill League action Thursday.
Myra Toledo was low medalist with a 7-over 39 at Escalon Golf Course. Bianca Toledo carded a 40, while Zoe Bremer and Kassidy Isham each had a 43. Ella Addams led Escalon (3-2) with a 40.
Ripon 155, Sonora 206
RIPON — Bianca Toledo paced Ripon with a 6-over 31 at Jack Tone Golf Course on Tuesday.
Myra Toledo and Bremer both scored a 38, with Isham adding a 42.
Manteca 2, Bear Creek 1
The Buffaloes (4-1) held on for a 19-24, 25-14, 17-15 win Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.
Kyaira Jacobs produced 13 service points and three kills. Sydney Navarro chipped in five kills and seven assists. Adriana Powell added 10 services points, four aces and two kills.
Manteca 2, Bear Creek 0
Leilani Rios pounded five kills, while Camrenne Genilla served six aces to help the Buffaloes (5-0) sweep.
Ayana Van Staaveren contributed seven service points and four assists. Isabella Pires had four assists and two aces.