West loses homecoming game

West High sophomore McKye Valdez (right) pulls in a pass reception near the Sonora High goal line Friday night at Steve Lopez Stadium.

West High’s homecoming game against the visiting Sonora Wildcats came down to which team could build and maintain its momentum. Sonora (2-3) seized the momentum from the start and maintained it through the end to defeat West 49-0.

“We weren’t hungry. We forgot who we were. We thought we could just show up,” West interim head coach Scott Behnam said, adding that everyone on the West campus was consumed with homecoming festivities this week, but the focus on football came too late Friday night.

“We were everywhere but here. Sonora was prepared and we were not. We got outcoached. We got outplayed.”

The West offense struggled to make any gains against a big and fast Sonora defense. The Pack (1-3) covered only 75 yards in the first half, most of it on two passes from junior quarterback Chris Inigo, while West’s running game was limited to short yardage.

“They came to play. We were a little shaky out the gate so that didn’t help,” said senior running back Kyler Hickman. “We thought we were ready for it, but you live and you learn.”

Sonora’s defensive line also broke through West’s line to sack Inigo for losses a couple of times. Just about all of West’s offensive production was from the Wolf Pack’s passing game, with Inigo passing for 156 yards on six of 17 passes, including four passes for 137 yards to senior Saloma Talimalie.

“They’re tough and fast. They were getting through the line a little bit, not too bad though,” Inigo said. “We had some good play calling in the second half to get the ball down the field, especially the big drives that helped us. With our defense we couldn’t get the momentum going so it was harder to pick it up on offense. We gave them a lot of opportunities that should have been ours.”

The Sonora Wildcats took advantage of a short field nearly every time they got the ball. The Wildcats scored on every one of their first-half possessions, starting with a 38-yard touchdown run for senior Clay Wooldridge on the second play after the opening kickoff. Sonora junior Cooper Moberg scored on a 4-yard run and senior quarterback Bradley Curnow scored on a 1-yard run to put Sonora up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Sonora’s next two touchdowns happened on the first plays after the Wildcats took possession. Curnow passed to junior Chase Pimentel for a 35-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter and senior Kade Clifton scored on a 55-yard run.

West made progress on the Pack’s next possession, covering 71 yards on eight plays, including Inigo’s 31-yard pass to Talimalie and a 25-yard pass to McKye Valdez to put West on Sonora 2-yard line. Sonora’s line continued to hold the Pack scoreless, allowing no further progress over the next four plays.

The Wildcats then covered 98 yards on 15 plays, including Moberg’s 16-yard touchdown run to put Sonora up 42-0 at the half.

The game went to a running clock in the second half. That’s when West got most of its offensive yardage as Inigo connected with Talimalie three more times, and also completed a pass to senior Noah Abregana, but the Wolf Pack would not reach the red zone again.

Sonora scored once more on a nine-play 60-yard drive, including a 1-yard touchdown run for senior Kaden Alford. Sonora junior kicker Tim Alford made all seven of his point-after kicks.

The Wildcats covered 306 yards of offense, with 213 yards rushing and 93 yards passing.

Sonora won the junior varsity game 36-0.

Kimball 54, Weston Ranch 6

The Kimball High football team (4-0) was dominant on both sides of the ball in the Jaguars’ 54-6 win at home on Friday over the Weston Ranch Cougars (1-4).

Both teams scored in the first quarter. The Jaguar defense then kept the Cougars scoreless for the rest of the game while the Kimball offense covered 461 yards, including 343 yards passing for senior quarterback Nicholas Coronado. Coronado completed 15 of 17 passes, including six passes for 180 yards to senior Willie Clifton, three of them for touchdowns.

Coronado also completed touchdown passes to senior Mason Rivera and junior Travis Marieiro, and Rivera also scored a defensive touchdown with an interception and 30-yard return.

Kickers Jordan Claire and Allyson Thompson both went 2 for 2 on point-after kicks, and Coronado also passed to Marieiro for a 2-point conversion.

Vacaville 49, Tracy 9

Tracy High’s Bulldogs (2-2) took a 49-9 loss in Friday’s road game at Vacaville High (3-2). Vacaville scored two touchdowns before Tracy got on the scoreboard with a 31-yard field goal for senior kicker Kyle Wright at the end of the first quarter.

Vacaville scored again to make it a 21-3 game at the half, and scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter before Tracy scored again on a 59-yard run for senior Dwayne Thomas in the third quarter to make it a 35-9 game in Vacaville’s favor.

Vacaville scored again late in the third quarter and again in the final minute of the game for the 49-9 win.

Tracy covered 292 yards of offense, with senior quarterback Drew Frederick completing two of five passes for 52 yards, and also throwing two interceptions. Tracy ran the ball for 236 yards, as Thomas carried the ball seven times for 83 yards, senior Austin Ho-Sy covered 71 yards on 20 runs, and junior Cameron Ross-Escobar ran the ball eight times for 71 yards.

Vacaville covered 481 yards of offense, including 184 yards passing and 297 yards rushing.

Davis 43, Mountain House 7

The Mountain House Mustangs (0-4) lost their homecoming game to Davis High (4-0) 43-7 in the Mustangs’ first game of Western Athletic Conference play.

Davis held a 9-7 lead at the half, with the Mustangs scoring in the second quarter on a rushing touchdown from junior quarterback Roy Gardner. Davis scored four more touchdowns in the third quarter and another in the fourth to get the 43-7 win.

The Mustangs covered 273 yards of offense, with Gardner passing for 100 yards on nine of 20 passes, including two to junior Orlando Syph-Timmons for 45 yards, two to senior Dion Qadir for 31 yards and three to senior Dexter Francis for 18 yards. Gardner also ran the ball for 117 yards on 10 carries.

Bret Harte 41, Millennium 0

Millennium High faced Bret Harte High of Angels Camp in the Falcons’ homecoming game at Tracy High. Bret Harte does not have a varsity team this year, so the game was a junior varsity contest, with Bret Harte winning it 41-0.

Delta 49, Delta Charter 7

The Delta Charter Dragons (0-3) traveled to Clarksburg, where Delta High (3-1) defeated the Dragons 49-7.

Contact Bob Brownne at brownne@tracypress.com, or call 209-830-4227.

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