Junior novice: Weston Ranch Cougars 8, Tracy Raiders 7

The Tracy Raiders junior novice team finished its season Sunday with a loss in the Delta Youth Football League Super Bowl held at West High.

Head coach Rafael Palma hoped to see his Raiders (12-1) go undefeated for the second straight season, but the Weston Ranch Cougars (12-1) pulled off an 8-7 win.

“We dominated up until today,” Palma said. “I knew they were going to be tough when we started.”

The Raiders beat the Cougars 27-0 during the regular season, the Cougars’ only loss.

“It wasn’t an easy 27-0. It was three or four yards at a time. Their defense could tackle,” Palma said.

The Raiders got on the scoreboard in the first quarter on Sunday when Jordin Thomas recovered a Weston Ranch fumble on the Cougars’ 31-yard line and ran it in for a touchdown on the next play. Quarterback Jason Goularte ran in the conversion and put the Raiders up 7-0.

The Cougars scored their touchdown in the fourth quarter with a 42-yard run for Ta’Jean Stallworth and took the lead when Robert Richard passed to Jeremiah Williams for the conversion. In a rule unique to the junior novice level, a conversion pass is worth two points while a conversion run is worth one, giving the Cougars the one-point edge.

The Raiders made one final drive at the end, but the clock ran out before they could get close to the end zone.

“It will be a long off-season, but we’ll be back,” Palma said. “We did have a great season, and I’m proud of my boys.”

Novice: South Stockton Vikings 31, Tracy Raiders 14

The Tracy Raiders novice team lost their Super Bowl matchup 31-14 on Sunday at West High to the South Stockton Vikings.

The Vikings took an early lead and were up 13-0 before the Raiders got on the scoreboard.

Cameron Ross scored for the Raiders early in the second quarter on a 30-yard punt return. The Vikings went on to extend their lead to 31-6 with another touchdown in the second quarter and two more in the third. Robert Conner scored three touchdowns for the Stockton team, including an interception and return, and Tavaon Mackenzie scored two touchdowns for the Vikings.

The Raiders scored again at the end of the third quarter. Logan Murray ran the kickoff back to the Raiders 44-yard line, and Mateo Espinoza followed with a 56-yard touchdown run. Raphael Heredia made the kick, cutting the Vikings’ lead to 31-14.

Raiders coach Jerad Montour said it he expected tough competition on Sunday.

“They’re well coached and they have some great athletes, but we played hard and we fought all the way to the end,” he said.

The Raiders finished the season at 11-2, their only other loss to the Tracy Cougars.

“We had a good core group of guys that were here from last year’s team,” Montour said. “We jelled pretty well and we played hard.”

Junior PeeWee: Hayward Lancers 13, Mountain House Junior Mustangs 12

The Mountain House Junior Mustangs were represented by their Junior PeeWee team at the San Jose Police Activities League Super Bowl on Nov. 12 in San Jose.

The Junior Mustangs finished with a 13-12 loss to the undefeated Hayward Lancers.

Mountain House scored first when Noa Kaho’onei passed to Antonio Devito for a touchdown. Then Hayward scored twice, making it a 13-6 game.

Roy Gardner-Foster, the Junior Mustangs’ rushing leader with 150 yards for the game, ran in a second touchdown for the Junior Mustangs, but the team again missed the conversion, making it a 13-12 game in Hayward’s favor at the half.

The local team was also well represented at the San Jose PAL All Star game on Saturday as the North Junior PeeWees beat the South 40-0. Kaho’onei, Gardner-Foster, Cordai Humphrey and Diego Hernandez anchored the North offense, and on defense, Jeremiah Bernard had an interception and Jaideep Pannu had two sacks and five tackles.

Six Junior Mustangs also played for the Midgets All Star team: Ethan Daos, Ike Annexstein, Hugo Hernandez Jr., Todd Beatty, Diego Umana and Nick Ochoa. Their North team beat the South 38-0.

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

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