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MMC: Defense, Gallegos carry Turlock past Modesto

TURLOCK -- Tharon Gallegos did everything but score in Turlock High's 28-0 shutout of longtime rival Modesto at Joe Debely Stadium.

Gallegos rushed for 161 yards on 24 carries, helping set up four touchdowns on homecoming night. The Bulldogs (3-0) recovered two Panthers fumbles in the second half, both of which resulted in touchdowns.

"When we went in at halftime up by 7, that put some fire into us to come out and play some football," Gallegos said. "We made some mental mistakes in the first half."

Turlock's biggest gaffe was a pass interference call that gave Modesto a first down on the Bulldogs' 6-yard line.

But Modesto (0-3) was pushed back five yards for an illegal shift and was turned away by Turlock's defense.

The empty Modesto drive started at the Panthers' 25 and ended at the Turlock 4-yard line 22 plays later with about 13 minutes eaten off the clock.

That was as close as Modesto would get to scoring as Turlock held the Panthers to 176 yards of offense. The Bulldogs ran for 314 of their 351 yards.

Derek Woods, who rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries, put Turlock on the board with a 1-yard run midway through the first quarter.

Jamie Rodriguez scored from one yard out with five minutes left in the third quarter to end a 12-play, 88-yard drive. Modesto fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Turlock was back in the end zone less than two minutes later. Nolan Parks caught a 13-yard pass from Adam Ragsdale to make the score 21-0.

Shamar Pulliam capped the scoring with a 30-yard scoring sprint with just over four minutes left to play.

Aaron Whitmore and Eddie Flores recovered the fumbles for Turlock. Gallegos said the team effort was the best.

"Just coming out and playing with all my friends on homecoming was great," Gallegos said.

It was the 111th time the teams had met, with Turlock taking a 67-38-5 series lead.

Tom Mendonca, 2006 Turlock alum and third baseman for the national champion Fresno State baseball team, was a Turlock honorary captain. Mendonca was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 College World Series.

SONORA 38, DAVIS 21, at Sonora -- Senior quarterback Matt Relei rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and also passed for two scores, in leading the Wildcats (3-0) past the Spartans (1-2). Relei scored on runs of 4 and 8 yards and threw touchdown passes of 12 yards to Shad Wilson and 35 yards to Cameron Bryant.

Fullback Dan Link rushed for 137 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, on 17 carries. Sonora fushed for 360 yards as a team. Davis got touchdown runs of 12 yards from DeMarco Brownlee, 8 yards from Jason Nesbit and 1 yard from Xevion Vega.

Sonora cornerback Dan Molieri intercepted three passes, two at the Sonora goal line. DEL ORO 31, ENOCHS 28, at Loomis -- A two-touchdown fourth-quarter rally led by Kolton Pico barely fell short. Pico rushed for a touchdown and also caught two scoring passes from Boomer Green.

Green completed 20 of 38 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a TD. Steven Guzman caught six passes for 111 yards.

BEYER 14, ATWATER 13, at Modesto -- Donnie Bibbs' 42-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, followed by Kyle Crawford's kick, lifted the Patriots (1-2) over the Falcons (1-2).