With their talented No. 1 players canceling each other out, shooting matching 36s at Creekside Golf Course, Johansen and Modesto relied on depth Wednesday to decide first place in the Modesto Metro Conference.
The edge went to Johansen, which won the other four matchups on the way to a 206-217 win. Daniel Covrig had two birdies while shooting par and keeping the Vikings (9-0) alone in first.
Johansen, which beat Modesto (7-2) in their first meeting, got a strong round from Cameron Plaster with a 43. He has risen from No. 7 to No. 5 in recent weeks, coach Dan Boer said.
"They punched the greens, making putting more difficult, but Cameron performed well given the conditions," Boer said. "He and Evan Gray, our only senior, have been consistent."
BEYER 221, DOWNEY 229, at Dryden -- Josh Plascencia, typically the No. 6 player who shoots in the low 50s, put together a steady round of 45 -- providing the margin of victory that allowed the Patriots (6-3) to top the Knights. Beyer led by two strokes when the final golfer from each team came in, and Plascencia beat his opponent by six strokes.
"He usually has a couple of bad holes, which drives up his score, but Josh was real consistent," coach Paul Cornwell said.
ENOCHS 236, DAVIS 237, at Muni -- Kurt Ramont posted two birdies, which helped provide the margin of victory, on his way to a 3-over 38 that led the Eagles (3-6 MMC) over the Spartans (0-9).
TURLOCK 198, ATWATER 236, at Turlock -- Sam Smith shot a 2-under 34, collecting birdies on four holes, as the Bulldogs (7-0 Central California Conference) beat the Falcons (1-6).
EAST UNION 201, SONORA 213, at Mountain Springs -- John Ott fired a 2-under 34, putting together three birdies and a bogey, as the Lancers (9-0 Valley Oak League) extended their lead over the second-place Wildcats (7-2), beating them for the second time. Sonora's Kevin Rei carded a 36, but no other Wildcat came in under 41.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 214, HILMAR 242, at Dryden Park -- Victtor Lopez parred the final six holes as the Raiders (9-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the second-place Yellowjackets (6-3).
ORESTIMBA 241, GUSTINE 282, at Diablo Grande -- Clayton Aguilar fired a 2-over 38, combining all aspects of his game to birdie both par-5 holes on the Legends West course, as the Warriors (2-7 WAC) beat the rival Redskins (0-9).
TURLOCK 4, BUHACH COLONY 0, at Turlock -- Jordan Carlberg scored twice in the second half to lead the Bulldogs (13-2-1, 4-1 CCC) to a four-goal outburst after intermission for a lopsided win over the Thunder.
OAKDALE 1, CERES 0, at Ceres -- Mariah King scored her fifth goal of the season, and goalie Morgan Kinyou recorded her fifth shutout as the Mustangs (8-4-2, 4-2 VOL) blanked the Bulldogs (7-9, 1-5).
BEYER 2, JOHANSEN 0, at Beyer -- Ebie Harris and Jennie Marshall scored within three minutes of each other in the first half for the Patriots (14-2-1, 6-0-1 MMC), and goalie Hannah Hyden slammed the door on the Vikings (2-5).
DOWNEY 1, DAVIS 0, at Davis -- Adrianna Jimenez converted a difficult shot from the far right side of the field, hooking it into the goal, to lift the Knights (1-5-1 MMC) to an upset of the Spartans (4-2-1). Davis' attack was repeatedly stymied by goalie Cassandra Calderon, who had 10 saves.
HUGHSON 4, RIVERBANK 0, at Hughson -- Gabby Ybarra celebrated her first hat trick of the season, and Bailey Tucker had three assists to lead the Huskies (4-0 Trans-Valley League) over the Bruins.
MODESTO CHR. 7, RIPON CHR. 2, at Salida -- Alexia Rovedatti scored twice to help the Crusaders (9-3, 4-1 TVL) to a 4-1 halftime lead on their way past the Knights.
MARIPOSA 6, WATERFORD 1, at Mariposa -- Freshmen Maggie Waheed (two) and Carrie Waheed combined for three goals, Denise Buskeness scored twice to raise her total to 18, and the Grizzlies (11-5, 5-1 Southern League) raced past the Wildcats (1-4-1).
DENAIR 1, TURLOCK CHR. 1, at Denair -- Sarah Hunt scored on a breakaway for Turlock Christian (1-2-2 SL) three minutes into the second half to forge a tie with the Coyotes (3-1-1), who took a 1-0 lead on Jessi Cole's goal late in the first half.
MANTECA 5, OAKDALE 0, at Manteca -- The doubles teams of Beto Lopez-Ellis and Juan Lugo, and David Shaefer and Joey Aprile rolled to straight-set wins and remained unbeaten as the Buffaloes (8-0 VOL) blanked the Mustangs (5-3). Neither doubles team has lost a set this season.
WESTON RANCH 3, CERES 2, at Ceres -- No. 3 singles player Sunlinda Singh rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third set for a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory, and it proved decisive as the Cougars (3-6) used his victory to upset the Bulldogs (6-2).
ENOCHS 6, DAVIS 1, at Enochs -- Alain Hunger bounced back from a disappointing loss Wednesday to roll past Taylor Weigand 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles as the Eagles (5-4) routed the Spartans (0-9). Hunger dropped a three-set match in a 5-2 loss to Beyer -- the final set went to the tiebreaker -- but coach Niles Carlin said he "came right back ready to play. He served real well, and he had some great groundstrokes."