The Lathrop Jr. Spartans’ junior varsity squad got revenge while earning a berth to the North Conference championship game.
In a Delta Youth Football League postseason opener Saturday, Lathrop edged out the North Stockton Bengals 14-12 at Bear Creek High in Stockton. The Jr. Spartans previously suffered a 22-16 setback to the Bengals in regular-season play Oct. 22.
The difference was Angelo Vejar’s go-ahead 2-point conversion kick following an 8-yard touchdown pass from RJ Tisdell to Vincent Spruell.
The two teams went back and forth with two scores apiece in the early going, but the defenses buckled down the rest of the way. Tyreke James’ 65-yard run produced Lathrop’s first touchdown.
“The Bengals outscore teams by an average of 22 points per game,” said Lathrop offensive coordinator Anthony Hernandez. “To keep them to two scores was an excellent effort by our defense.”
The Jr. Spartans (8-3) will duke it out with the Northwest Trojans (8-3) for a ticket to the DYFL Super Bowl this Saturday at Lathrop High. The game is scheduled to kick off at noon. Lathrop dropped regular-season first meeting with the Trojans, 8-6.
Jaguars 18, Broncos 6
John Cohen burned the Modesto Broncos for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC championship game.
Kobe Shippley tallied four tackles for losses and three sacks, and Edward Santos recorded for stops behind the line of scrimmage and two sacks. Isreal Garay rushed for 45 yards on offense.
The Jaguars will face the Turlock Vikings in the Central California Junior Football League Super Bowl starting 5 p.m. Saturday at Atwater High. The varsity team lost 24-0, while the pee-wees fell 8-0 in their conference title games. They also played the Broncos.