CERES — Lathrop’s football team broke through for its first win of the season Friday and got a glimpse into the future in the process, holding off Ceres 36-25 in the Western Athletic Conference opener.
Sophomore quarterback Luis Hernandez started in place of senior Davis Raya-Ruiz — he was limited in practice all week due to injury, coach Joe Pirillo said — and completed three touchdown passes in the first half. The Spartans (0-1, 1-3 overall) led 24-10 at halftime and were ahead comfortably for much of the contest.
“We’re a very young team, but these kids are hungry and they’re fighting,” Pirillo said. “They lack experience but they’re making up for it with talent. I’m very proud of our younger guys and the senior leadership tonight. When things started going wrong nobody pointed fingers, they just focused on the next play.”
Two of Hernandez’s TD tosses went to fellow sophomores Isaiah Miravite Baumgardner and Jason Seabron Jr., and the third was snared by junior Joey Sanchis. Second-year junior running back Isaac Ramos contributed a touchdown scamper but sat most of the second half with an injury.
Raya-Ruiz did get to play in the second half and scored on a bootleg run. Andrew Garcia also chipped in a rushing TD.
Sophomores Noah Martinez (seven tackles) and Harold Gary (three tackles for losses) were among the defensive leaders. Sanchis had an interception.
Ripon Christian 50, Waterford 0
WATERFORD — Sean McGovern highlighted the Southern League rout with a 75-yard touchdown on the second-half kickoff.
He also had a rushing touchdown and finished with 113 yards with another 42 coming through the air. The Knights (1-0, 3-1 overall) amassed 351 yards of offense while the defense — which had interceptions from Caleb Terpsma and McGovern — held the Wildcats (0-1, 2-2) to 67.
Quarterback Nolan Lingley (11 of 17, 169 yards) completed a touchdown pass each to William Gilbert and Jacob Van Groningen. Jaden Booth and Van Groningen each scored a rushing TD, and Terpsma converted second-half field goals covering 23 and 30 yards.
Sierra 3, Kimball 0
The host Timberwolves (1-2, 5-3) could not keep up against the Valley Oak League co-leading Jaguars, who won 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 on Thursday.
Ashley Matteroli had three kills, Becca Thomson 11 assists and Stella Brierly four aces.
“The scores of the game don’t reflect how hard our girls played tonight,” Sierra coach Eryn Bowers said. “We just have to put the ball away.”
BOYS WATER POLO
West 18, Sierra 9
The Timberwolves showed much improvement from their scrimmage against West just a few weeks ago. Zach Van Zwaluwenburg tallied seven of their goals.
GIRLS WATER POLO
West 26, Sierra 4
Molly Fadeff scored twice for Sierra, while Genavieve Gaines and Marisa Rush netted one goal apiece.