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Lathrop freshmen tame Escalon Cougars
Kevin Rainey runs up the middle in Lathrop’s 32-12 win over Escalon. - photo by Photo By Dave Campbell
ESCALON – Lathrop’s Kevin Rainey set the tone for Thursday night’s non-league freshman football contest with host Escalon when he returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown on the way to a 32-12 win for the Spartans.

“It was a good start for our freshman program,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We kept the mistakes down and it was nice to see the kids start to really pick up the little things during a game that will make you successful.”

Following Rainey’s scoring gallop, Devante Johnson scored the nest three Spartans touchdown on a 70-yard interception return, a 57-yard pass from Juzri Coleman (2 for 2 passing, 77 yards) and on a 12-yard sweep. Aaron Worthens capped the Lathrop scoring with a 5-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. Rainey carried the ball eight times for 60 yards.

Worthens was in on 14 tackles to lead the Spartans defense. Rainey (fumble recovery) made six tackles and Kenny King 4 and Johnny Barajas five each.

Sierra  64,  Grace Davis  8
At Modesto, only one person scored twice for Sierra and the Timberwolves scored a defensive touchdown and a pair on special teams.

Jordan Delgado (six carries, 58 yards) scored on runs of 2 and 30 yards in the second quarter. Before the Timberwolves would score an offensive touchdown, Garrett DeVillianueva returned a punt 47 yards for the game’s first touchdown and Dakoto Conners followed that with a 44-yard interception return to give Sierra a 16-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Aaron Theil returned the second-half kickoff for a 63 yards to stretch the Timberwolves lead to 51 – 0.

Brad Tajii came off of the bench in the second half and racked up 84yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. Keano Calderon scored on a 30-yard run, Jonathan Montoya from 3 yards out and Robert Cedas on a 25-yard pass from Jake Pruitt.

“The kids know that they can score and have fun,” Sierra coach Walt Brookshire said. “But we did have one touchdown and two long runs called back for penalties.  Those mistakes will kill us in the upcoming games against Granada of Livermore and the VOL opener against Oakdale.”

Weston Ranch 8, Calaveras 6
Calaveras scored with a 70-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, but in the end Giovanni Munoz stepped in front of a Redskins pass to give the ball back to Weston Ranch, sealing the victory for the Cougars.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Weston Ranch coach Nathan Moore said. “And our guys just didn’t give up.”

Anthony Bench ran in a 10-yard score in the second quarter to tie the game and Chris Cliatt bulled the conversion run up the middle for the difference in the contest.

East Union 8, Beyer 0
It may have taken more than 38 minutes on Friday, but East Union broke on to the board late in the game with a touchdown toss from Joe Menzel to Kyle Austin to pick up the non-league win at Modesto Junior College.

Jordan Perry, Jose Maltz and Victor Lopez combined for 120 yards on the ground and Jacob Danhoff and Isaiah Gorden pulled in a combined 65 receiving yards. Menzel was 12 of 21 passing.

The Lancers allowed just two first downs – one came on a facemask penalty –  and Beyer could manage just 41 total yards.