Eleven Pacheco players ran the ball and five scored rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 51-7 victory over Dos Palos.
All summer, Pacheco High School football coach David Snapp preached to his players that with so much depth in the skill positions, the Panthers would have to make the most of limited touches.
His running backs did just that in Friday’s 51-7 victory over Dos Palos, with 11 players carrying the ball and five – Moffat Teneng, Carlos Garcia, Kalama Kamoku, Deontae Smith and Frank Ginda – scoring touchdowns. Garcia and Smith had two each.
“My guys understand it. We have a lot of guys that can touch the football,” Snapp said. “Some games you’re going to touch it twice, some games you may get 15 touches. You just have to be ready.”
Pacheco’s top rusher was Garcia, who racked up 98 yards on four carries. Garcia played the first quarter at quarterback instead of starter Juwan Epperson, who was benched at the start due to disciplinary reasons. Epperson returned in the second quarter to complete 6 of 9 passes for 99 yards.
Most of Dos Palos’ offense ran through one man – running back Raphael Stewart, who finished with 96 tough yards on 29 carries. The Broncos made it into the end zone once, when Jacob Baker found an opening in the coverage long enough to catch a 7-yard touchdown pass from Ozzie Suarez in the second quarter.
“We have more athletes than they do,” Snapp said. “I knew they were going to play hard, and they did – they hit our guys. We had a couple of our guys get their bells rung, and luckily, we’re deep in our skill spots.”
Pacheco’s Smith, a sophomore, showed he was a team player on Garcia’s touchdown in the third quarter. Garcia came to the left side on a sweep, where a group of Broncos was waiting to greet him. Smith blocked one player outside, then when Garcia cut inside, Smith was there to spring him with a second block.
“I was just thinking about making a play for my teammate. I knew we had to get in the end zone, so I knew I had to block those two dudes or he wouldn’t have made it,” Smith said. “... I know I’m not going to get as many touches as our senior guys. They have a bright future. Coach always tells me, keep going hard in practice, keep working hard and you’ll get your reps.”
Ripon Christian 27, Linden 23 – Brian Sytsma scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 40 secodns left in the game to lead the Knights to a thrilling victory over Linden. With three seconds left in the game, Sytsma then interceped a desperation pass to seal the victory. Sytsma also had a 38-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to keep the game close.
Orestimba 33, Firebaugh 27 – Joe Sheldon hit Jesse Navarro on a 50-yard bomb on the last play of the game to send the Warriors to a thriling victory.
Hughson 26, Ceres 14 – Cesar Cuevas had four touchdown runs, including scoring plays of 20 and 10 yards in the fourth quarter as the Huskies rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Bulldogs. Cuevas scored on 1- and 4-yard runs in the third quarter as Hughson took a 12-7 lead. Ceres cored in the first on a Brad Bussard-to-Juan Anderson 44-yard pass play. Johnni Smith-Willias sscored on a 3-yard TD run early in the fourth before Cuevas’ heroics.
Escalon 56, Bret Harte 7 – The Cougars rolled to a 49-0 lead and coasted to a victory over the Bullfrogs. Six different Cougars scored including AJ Camarena, who had an 8-yard TD pass reception from Caleb Mullen to open the scoring and a second-quarter 9-yard TD run. Mullen also had touchdown passes to Brandon Grogan of 39 yards and Sam Lattig of 66.
Summerville 32, Bradshaw Christian 29 – Humphrey Quirie had three touchdown runs and and Brice Farrell had a touchdown pass and a scoring run to lead the Bears to victory over Bradshaw Christian.
Stone Ridge Christian 49, Delta 0 – Austin Reese scored twice and had 118 yards rushing to lead the 2-0 Knights to a big victory over Delta. Reese also led the team on defense with nine tackles. Danny Vincelete also had two touchdowns for Stone Ridge.
Bee staff reports contributed to this story.