ENOCHS 24, GREGORI 6 At halftime of a scoreless game, coach James Stacy reminded his team of an important fact: "Every game from here on out is a playoff game."
The Eagles responded with their best half of the season as senior fullback Gabe Gonzalez rushed for three touchdowns and a stout defense held Gregori in check.
Enochs' second straight victory following a season-starting five-game losing streak puts the Eagles (2-5, 2-0 Modesto Metro Conference) in the hunt for a conference playoff berth. Gregori fell to 4-3, 1-2.
"We had a good week of practice," Stacy said. "They've been pushing hard."
Nobody pushed harder in the second half than Gonzalez, who scored on runs of 1, 17 and 11 yards.
His 17-yarder gave Enochs a 16-0 lead with about five minutes left in the game. After the Eagle defense held Gregori to a three-and-out, Gonzalez put the game away with an 11-yarder.
"We eliminated some mistakes, came out and were able to drive the ball down the field," Stacy said. "The defense really stepped up."
Up next for Enochs is its homecoming game against first-place Modesto (3-3, 1-1), which trounced Downey (4-3, 2-1) Friday night.
"This will help quite a bit," said Stacy of the impact this victory will give his team heading into the game against Modesto. "They all needed that first win last week. They're feeling a lot better."
DAVIS 36, JOHANSEN 7, at Johansen Zach Magana completed 17 of 27 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns as the Spartans (2-4, 1-1) rolled past the winless Vikings (0-7, 0-3). Isaiah Robinson's 18-yard touchdown run gave the Vikings an early 7-0 lead, but the Spartans scored the game's final 36 points. Magana tossed touchdowns to Michael Atkinson (27, 36) and one each to McKylby Kao (17) and Preston Peacock (18). Teddy Wesley had four tackles, four assists and a fumble recovery that led to a Magana 1-yard TD run.
ESCALON 48, ORESTIMBA 13, at Newman Christian May scored on a 94-yard run and an 84-yard kickoff return as the Cougars improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Trans-Valley League. Five different Cougars scored in a rout of the Warriors. Frank Bavaro scored on runs of 7 and 6 yards.
SIERRA 48, LATHROP 7, at Manteca Jake Pruitt completed 15 of 18 passes for 251 yards and five touchdowns to lift the Timberwolves (5-1, 3-0 VOL) over the Spartans (0-5, 0-3). Pruitt's touchown tosses went to five receivers, including Lucas Widmer (five receptions, 130 yards).
HILMAR 49, RIVERBANK 6, at Hilmar Johnathan O'Brien threw for four touchdowns and Tyler Robinson had touchdown receptions of 67 and 41 yards and had an 88-yard kickoff return as the Yellowjackets (7-0, 3-0 TVL) remained unbeaten.