LOS BANOS — Sierra’s football team soundly dispatched Pacheco 45-12 on Friday, ending a three-game losing streak to the Panthers while improving 3-0.
“It was a physical football game and they have some big guys,” Sierra coach Chris Johnson said. “That’s a team we haven’t beaten since I’ve been here, and they knocked us out of the playoffs last year on that field.
“It was a vindication game for us. The kids had a chip on their shoulder and it turned into a real physical battle.”
The Timberwolves were able to spread the wealth in the win.
Kimoni Stanley rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts, while slotback Matt Dunham scored their first three touchdowns for a 22-6 halftime lead. Dunham caught four passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on an 8-yard run.
Quarterback Shane Johnson completed five of six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and rushed five times for 55 yards. Sierra totaled 354 yards.
“It’s his second year of running the offense and really his second year of playing quarterback and he has really come along,” coach Johnson said of his signal caller. “He is being very efficient. We’re not throwing the ball a lot but he’s completing what he throws. It’s nice to be able to complement the run game.”
The defense and special teams did their part as well. Stanley contributed an 80-yard interception return, and the T’wolves recorded a safety on a punt play.
Ripon 42, Central Valley 19
CERES — Nico Ilardi hit tight end Troy Brogan twice for touchdowns and added another score on a 1-yard sneak as the Indians rolled to a 3-0 start to the season.
Ripon led 28-6 at halftime. Grant Wiebe contributed two touchdown scampers, and Danny Hernandez had one.
“The kids were a little overconfident going into it and did not execute very well, but in the end they were able to take care of business,” Ripon coach Chris Musseman said. “We just have to be able to get healthy for next week because Calaveras is a big game.”
Ripon 169, Sonora 251
SONORA — Freshman Gabbi Ilardi continued her impressive debut season with the Indians, who are now 4-0 in the Valley Foothill League North Division.
Ilardi shot 3-over 39, including an eagle, Thursday at Teleli Golf Course.
"Gabbi played great at a course she has never seen before,” Ripon coach Eric Dambrosio said. “Normally there is an adjustment period for freshman golfers as they try to figure out how to play new courses. Gabbi plays like a veteran. She plots her way through each hole making smart decisions."
Zoe Bremer, a sophomore, also shined, finishing with a 41. Myra Toledo and Kassidy Isham capped scoring for Ripon with a 44 and 45, respectively.
Sierra 5, Oakdale 4
The Timberwolves picked up a big Valley Oak League win Friday at home.
Kaitlyn Rausa (6-0, 6-0), Nadia Petrovic (6-3, 6-3) and Melanie Nguyen (6-0, 6-0) made quick work of their opponents from the top three singles sports. No. 5 Victoria Zellner outlasted Paige Morgan, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.
The No. 2 doubles team of Jasmine Sebastian and Kendall Sellers helped seal the win with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 win over Halie Gregory and Fallon Rocha.
East Union 2, Downey 0
It was a night of aces for the Lancers with Elizabeth Lopez (five assists, two kills) hammering eight aces, Kailyn Reyes (two kills, two assists) getting down six aces, Celeste Guerrero (four kills, assist) four and Isabella Israel two in a 25-17, 25-16 East Union non-league sweep.
Jenessa Godoy and Cynthia Gonzales added two kills apiece for the Lancers and Aryanna Baranza had one.
East Union 2, Downey 0
Isabel Ugalino (two assists) erupted for 14 aces for the Lancers in their 25-6, 25-10 win.
Jenascia Pierce added three aces for East Union, Makayla Viri (kill) and Valerie Ochoa (two kills) two apiece with Laikin Abrew (kill, assist), Gizelle Hamilton (kill) and Alice Elder each getting one ace. Elizabeth Johnson had two kills and Alyssa Douglas one.