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Lathrop program advances four teams to finals
Kevin Rainey follows lead blocker Nilo Yuson as the Steelers look to gain positive yardage against the North Sacramento Pacers. - photo by HIME ROMERO

WESTON RANCH — The Lathrop Steelers are still perfect at the varsity level, and they played a near-perfect game in shutting out Bradshaw Christian 20-0 Saturday at Weston Ranch High.

Lathrop’s pee-wee, jr. pee-wee and mighty-mite division teams will join the varsity squad on Super Bowl Saturday at Lathrop High. A Mountain Valley League championship would earn them a berth to the American Youth Football League tournament in Florida.

Benny Garcia shined on both sides of scrimmage for the Steelers. He racked up 11 solo tackles, three sacks and a touchdown to go with 80 rushing yards.

Workhorse running back Arek Walker gained 120 yards and scored twice, and Lucas Widmer highlighted the passing game with a 60-yard catch.

Twins Ricardo and Felix Hernandez combined for 15 tackles.

Junior varsity
The Steelers coughed up seven fumbles in the first quarter alone and were unable to recover en route to a 12-0 loss to the North Sacramento Pacers.

Pee Wee
Willie Williams rushed for touchdowns of 30 and 45 yards to lead the Steelers’ 28-12 victory over the Marin Chargers.

Chris Canady grinded out 105 yards and scored once. Isaac Thurman ran one in from 5 yards out.

Damon Lynch ended the game with an interception.

Jr. Pee Wee
Lavante Bushnell and Brandon Granado put on a show in Lathrop’s 24-16 win against the Marin Broncos.

Bushnell amassed 220 yards on the ground, and Granado added 135. They each punched in two touchdowns.

Reidel Bradford and Dewey Cotton had seven and five tackles, respectively, to pace the defense.

Mighty Mite
The Lathrop Steelers blanked the Twin City Blazers of Sacramento 18-0 behind Jordan Doyle’s 175 rushing yards.

Lathrop set the tone on its opening drive, as quarterback Jaime Ochoa hooked up with Jordan Doyle for three pass receptions.

Vincent Ferrero and Ayienda Dukes each turned in seven tackles to spearhead the defensive unit.

— Jonamar Jacinto