MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The first half of East Union’s non-league road contest against Mountain House Friday night started off as the Anthony Corrales Show.
The junior back reeled off a run from 33-yards out before adding a conversion run and a goal-line plow to help the Lancers blow the game open in the first quarter. By the time the final whistle sounded, it had become a family affair, with four others scoring touchdowns as part of a 59-0 trouncing of the reigning Western Athletic Conference champion Mustangs.
The fact that the team kept the early tempo going throughout the contest a week after a relatively close but mistake-filled matchup with Central California Athletic League powerhouse Downey to start the season wasn’t lost on head coach Willie Herrera, who praised his second- and third-team players for never taking their foot off the gas.
“They call it the ‘goose egg’ and everybody wants to preserve that shutout, but tonight our offense was really firing and everybody was doing their job,” Herrera said. “That was the best part of the game was seeing the support from all of the guys on the sidelines even into the fourth quarter. Everyone wanted to see their brothers be successful out there on the field, and that was evident tonight.
“And the fact that we had our guys come in and do what they did was huge for us. We play in a league where you have to have second or third-team guys come in and do things because the Valley Oak League is no joke and people get hurt, and to have that depth is huge.”
Corrales finished the game with three touchdowns including a 7-yard strike from Eric Morales. Morales also added a 55-yard touchdown run and connected with Tyler Diaz on a 9-yard toss for a score.
While it would have been easy for the Lancers to hold on the bitterness of the hard-fought battle with Downey last week, complete with a number of calls that went against East Union that either killed their momentum or shifted it squarely back into Downey’s favor, Herrera said that he was proud of his guys for doing the exact opposite and sending a message about their resiliency and their drive.
“Something that we keep telling our kids is to keep working — you can only control what you can control, and you need to make the most of the opportunity,” Herrera said. “This win came after a fantastic week of practice where they didn’t sulk and didn’t complain and came out ready to prove themselves that they were better than they showed last week.
“We knew that we were better than that and we showed it tonight. We played hard and didn’t make the same mistakes and that was the difference.”
Sierra 42, Central Valley 14
CERES — The Timberwolves (2-0) kept things simple and dominated for a second straight week.
They rode Kimoni Stanley and their punishing offensive line to 35 unanswered points, and their workhorse back rammed his way to 286 yards and six touchdowns on 19 carries. Central Valley (1-1) did not score until late in the third quarter after it was set up with a short field thanks to a Sierra fumble.
It was too late.
“They did some stuff to stop our option, but they couldn’t stop us from running up the middle of the field,” Sierra coach Chris Johnson said. “We just ran it behind big Omar Maxwell and Holden Fishburn about 30 times.”
Stanley accounted for most of Sierra’s 350 rushing yards, and his scoring runs covered 1, 82, 34, 25, 10 and 5 yards. Quarterback Shane Johnson completed four of five passes for 69 yards.
Ripon Christian 42, Stone Ridge 3
MERCED — Ripon Christian (1-1) claimed its fourth straight win over Stone Ridge Christian, getting three touchdown runs from Sean McGovern. He also had a 25-yard touchdown catch that gave RC a 21-3 halftime lead.
Jake Grondz took over rushing duties in the second half, finishing with 107 yards and two scores. Quarterback Nolan Lingley completed 12 of 17 passes for 199 yards and an interception. Ripon Christian outgained the Knights (0-2) of Merced, 365-34. Jackson DeJager tallied Stone Ridge’s lone points with a 25-yard field goal late in the second quarter.
Wyatt Van Vliet anchored the Ripon Christian defense with 16 tackles. Garret Bryan added 10 tackles, while Jadon Booth (fumble recovery) and Declan Van Vuren (sack) had eight apiece.
Lathrop 338, Modesto 355
The Spartans improved to 2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference and 3-1 overall.
Amanda Zamora led Lathrop with a 66, and Abigail Bautista chipped in a 67.