Pacheco overcome a shaky start to remain unbeaten in the Western Athletic Conference with a 30-22 win over Livingston on Friday night.
The Panthers fumbled twice in the first half before getting their running game going.
Juwan Epperson scored on a 1-yard touchdown and found Maurice Harden for a 45-yard scoring strike to give Pacheco (5-2, 3-0) a 13-7 lead at the half.
“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot early,” Panthers head coach David Snapp said. “We had a TD called back on our first drive. We had a couple penalties that kept us out of the end zone on the next few drives. Livingston is a good football team. It was a battle back-and-forth tonight.”
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Livingston quarterback C.J. Avila threw a pair of touchdowns to Anthony Deol and Danny Menchaca to keep the Wolves (5-2, 2-1) in the game.
Frank Ginda helped the Panthers pull away with a 30-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. A safety on a bad snap on a punt play gave Pacheco a 30-14 lead with just under 7 minutes left.
“We were able to open up the run,” Snapp said. “We found some things that worked. (Jorge Torres) is a heck of a player for Livingston. He was disruptive early.”
Ripon Christian 28, Waterford 27 – Kevin Kramer scored on a 3-yard run late in the game as the Knights scored 20 points in the fourth quarter for a thrilling Southern League victory over the Wildcats.
Ripon Christian trailed 27-8 heading into the fourth quarter as Waterford got first-half scoring runs from Dylan Farquhar (4 and 10 yards) and Ryan Cherry (20 yards).
Dante Berggren’s 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Wildcats a 19-point lead.
However, RC’s Derek Dotinga scored from one yard out and Billy Marr also scored from a yard out with about two minutes left in the game.
The Knights were successful on an onside kick thanks to the recovery by Ethan McMurray.
Central Catholic 52, East Union 0 – Justin Rice scored four touchdowns and rushed for 235 yards to lead the Raiders to a 52-0 victory over the Lancers. Rice had nine carries and had touchdown runs of 35, 20 and 90 yards. He also hauled in a 15-yard scoring pass from Hunter Petlansky. The Raiders (2-1 Valley Oak League, 4-2 overall), ranked No. 3 in The Bee’s Large School poll, plays at Weston Ranch next week. The Lancers fall to 1-2, 2-4.
Le Grand 28, Delhi 0 – Christian Williams ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the Hawks. Williams, who had 21 carries, scored twice in the first half on scoring runs of 10 and 8 yards. In the fourth quarter, he shook off three tackles for a 33-yard touchdown. Victor Martinez took a pick-six back 40 yards for the game’s final points. Le Grand, ranked No. 5 in The Bee’s Small School poll, improved to 3-0 in the Southern League, 4-2 overall. Delhi is 1-2, 3-3.
Modesto Christian 63, Riverbank 0 – The Crusaders (1-0 Trans-Valley League, 5-1) tallied 411 yards of total offense against the outmatched Bruins (0-1, 1-5). Zach Schott had four touchdowns – three on the ground. He had touchdown runs of 1, 10 and 15 yards and also hauled in a 46-yard scoring strike from quarterback Luke Andrew. On defense, Connor Dowd had 10 tackles, a sack and an interception for the No. 2-ranked small-school Crusaders.
Big Valley Christian 54, Turlock Christian 6 – Austin Butler ran for one touchdown and threw for three others – all in the first half – as the Lions (1-2 Central California Athletic Alliance, 3-3 overall) cruised past the winless Eagles (0-3, 0-6). Butler connected with Daniel Giannosa on scoring plays of 16 and 13 yards and also ran it in from 9 yards out. Big Valley led 34-0 at the half.
Los Banos 59, El Capitan 13, at Los Banos – Tigers quarterback Adam Herrera threw three touchdowns as the Tigers improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the WAC. David Walker hauled in one touchdown catch and ran in a pair of scores for Los Banos.
The Gauchos dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the WAC.
Calaveras 28, Argonaut 14 – Connor Hamilton had two touchdown runs, including the go-ahead score in the third quarter, to lead the Redskins past the Mustangs in the Mother Lode League. Calaveras (2-1, 2-5) outscored Argonaut (0-2, 0-6) 14-0 in the second half. Argonaut’s Jared Coppock had an 85-yard kickoff return that tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. Hamilton’s scoring runs were from 2 and 5 yards out.