Teejay Gordon helped East Union’s football team make the postseason for the first time in 18 years during his senior season.
The 2011 alum led another school to a historic win Saturday and did so with two other former local standouts playing for the opposing team. Gordon rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and logged another 195 through the air on 14-of-22 passing as College of Idaho nipped Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.), 35-34.
It was the first intercollegiate game in 37 years for C of I. The Coyotes also defeated Pacific 24-23 in their last contest back on Nov. 12, 1977. College of Idaho is where former 49er great and Manteca resident R.C. Owens starred in his collegiate days in the 1950s. Owens died on June 17, 2012.
Bobby Ladiges, a 2011 Manteca High alumnus, was Pacific’s rushing leader with 91 yards on 10 attempts. His 17-yard touchdown tied it early at 7-7. East Union grad Clay Cuneo (2014) is a freshman tight end for the Boxers.
Pacific led 28-21 in the third quarter until Gordon gave College of Idaho its second, and final, lead with his touchdown scampers from 5 and 19 yards out. The Coyotes preserved the advantage by blocking a point-after kick with 6:43 remaining.
Grant Widmer, football
Another member from the Class of 2011 enjoyed success on the gridiron last week.
Widmer, a three-sport athlete at Sierra, was part of a big NCAA Division II upset as then-No. 22-ranked Azusa Pacific stunned No. 2 Grand Valley, 26-23. The game was televised nationally by CBS last Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound H-back caught a pass for a 7-yard gain.
Isela Rivera, soccer
Rivera (East Union, 2014) celebrated her homecoming with her first career goal for San Jose State (2-3) and a 4-0 win over host Pacific of Stockton on Sunday.
She was one of two SJSU freshmen to score their milestone goals. Fellow freshman Gabriella Strange set the tone by burying the match’s first shot attempt inside the first 30 seconds. Then in the 11th minute, Rivera, in her second career start, blew past Pacific keeper Jacqueline Kane for her tap-in goal and a 2-0 Spartan lead.
Rivera was the 2014 Manteca Bulletin All-Area Girls Soccer MVP after spearheading East Union’s charge to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.