LOCAL DIGEST: Punter kick-starts Atwater win

sjansen@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 13, 2013 

— It's not often a punter makes the biggest play in the game.

Atwater's Tony Romo did just that when he uncorked a 57-yard punt that pinned Washington Union down on its own 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Romo's punt helped the Falcons record a safety when Panthers punter Diego Alba stepped out of the end zone on a snap to give Atwater a one-point lead.

The Falcons went on to score the final 22 points of the game as they improved to 1-1 with a 41-20 win on Saturday night at Falcon Field.

Atwater overcame a sluggish first half, racking up 256 of its 353 yards of offense in the second half.

Vic Tiscareno and JoJo Ochoa each ran for two touchdowns for Atwater.

Water polo

• VIKES PLACE 8TH, at Roseville — Johansen High School's boys water polo team fell to Golden Valley (Merced) and Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) on the final day of the Roseville Tournament to finish in eighth place overall.

Golden Valley defeated the Vikings 11-8, as Grant Plunkett had six goals in a losing effort. Mackenzie Muncrief and Kyle Christiansen scored the other goals. Ponderosa nipped Johansen 5-4, as Plunkett added three more tallies, while Muncrief had two more.

• OAKDALE GIRLS 5TH, at Fresno — The Oakdale High girls placed fifth at the 32-team Central Valley Showdown. The Mustangs beat Atwater 13-4 and Sanger 8-7, lost to Clovis 5-4, and beat Pioneer (San Jose) 9-8 and St. Mary's (Stockton) 6-4. Shelby Stender totaled 13 goals, Emily Bennett had 11 and Emily Stolken added eight. Goalie Caitlin Golden totaled 29 saves.

Boys soccer

• GREGORI TOURNAMENT — Central Valley of Ceres got goals from Jairo Ramos, Omar Orozco and Alex Vazquez en route to a 3-0 victory over Beyer in the championship game of the Gregori Tournament. Goalie David Saucedo had four saves.

• RIPON CHR. TOURNAMENT — Ripon Christian defeated Forest Lake Christian (Auburn) 2-1 on penalty kicks to take the consolation title in its own tournament. Ripon was the overall champion, while Orestimba (Newman) finished second and Escalon took third.

Women's soccer

• CSUS 2, CAL BAPTIST 0, at Turlock — Katelyn Nebesnick scored twice, including a PK, in the second half to lead the Warriors over two-time defending PacWest champions.

Men's soccer

• CSUS 1, COLORADO MESA 0, at Nampa, Idaho — Josue Barajas scored on a header from a Carlos Gavino corner kick as the Warriors broke a 5 minutes, 51 seconds, into overtime.

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