Af­ter get­ting past the first round, many area teams face matchups with top seeds

Merced Sun-Star - - Los Banos Enterprise - BY SHAWN JANSEN sjansen@mer­ced­sun-star.com

Justin In­caprera broke free for a 65-yard touch­down run with just over 2 min­utes left on the clock to lift the No. 8 seed Los Banos to a 38-31 win over No. 9 Ores­timba on Fri­day night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Divi­sion V play­offs at Loftin Sta­dium.

In­caprera fin­ished with 136 yards and two touch­downs on 14 car­ries.

The game-win­ner came af­ter Los Banos quar­ter­back Dasani Tate had hit two first-down runs against the War­riors.

“We ran a cou­ple read­op­tions and Tate had a 15yard run and a 12-yard run,” said Tigers coach Dustin Caro­preso, whose team im­proved to 8-3 on the sea­son. “I told our coach to run it again be­cause their out­side backer was squeez­ing on Dasani.”

As In­caprera took off down the side­line, the Tigers play­ers and coaches went nuts.

“I don’t know how long the run was, but I know it was a

long run be­cause I was run­ning with him,” Caro­preso said. “We were go­ing crazy.”

The Tigers travel to top seed Col­fax next Fri­day for a quar­ter­fi­nal matchup.

It took ev­ery­thing Los Banos had to make that hap­pen. The Tigers had to over­come four touch­down passes from War­riors quar­ter­back Ja­cob Bet­ten­court. He hooked up three times with Tyler Var­gas on touch­down passes of 33, 23, and 14 yards.

Tate fin­ished with 214 yards pass­ing and two touch­downs for Los Banos. He con­nected on scor­ing throws with Lan­don Ramos and Bryant Camp. Ramos caught four balls for 115 yards.

Adrian Atan­gan fin­ished with 13 tack­les for LB. Iza­iah Flo­res added nine tack­les and a sack and An­drew Bor­rego col­lected eight tack­les, one sack and a fum­ble re­cov­ery.

It was the sec­ond thrilling win in as many weeks af­ter de­feat­ing Pacheco 28-21 to win a share of the West­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship last week.

“I tell you what, th­ese kids have put in work,” Caro­preso said. “Th­ese kids don’t quit. They proved they’re a close-knit group that isn’t go­ing to quit.” Pacheco 34, Sierra 33

in Los Banos – Ju­lian Mo­ran scored four touch­downs to help the Pan­thers erase a 21-7 deficit in the first half.

The Pan­thers (9-2) avoided a scare late. Af­ter scor­ing to ex­tend their lead to 34-21, Pacheco gave up a 65-yard kick­off re­turn from Ki­moni Stan­ley to cut the lead to 34-27 with 4:45 left.

Af­ter forc­ing a Pacheco punt, the Tim­ber­wolves drove down and Matt Dun­ham found Nyco Men­doza for a 17-yard touch­down pass with 1:20 left to pull Sierra within 34-33. The Tim­ber­wolves went for two points and the win, but Stan­ley was tack­led short of the goal line by Matthew Buchanan.

“They lined up in their Wild­cat for­ma­tion and got the ball to (Stan­ley) on a di­rect snap,” Pacheco coach David Snapp said. “They tried to power it up the mid­dle, but Matthew

Buchanan came around the end and grabbed him by his waist. Our in­te­rior de­fense bowed up and stopped him.”

The win was the Pan­thers first foot­ball play­off win in school his­tory. Pacheco will ad­vance to a quar­ter­fi­nal matchup with No. 1 seed Rio Linda next week. Buhach Colony 28,

Pon­derosa 19 in At­wa­ter – Joshua Good­man scored two touch­downs to help lead the No. 8 Thun­der (9-2) to a win over No. 9 Bru­ins in the first round of the Divi­sion III. The win was the Thun­der’s first post­sea­son vic­tory since 2012.

Good­man scored on runs of 6 and 58 yards.

Owen Thomas started the scor­ing for BC with a run of 55 yards that tied the score at 7-7 in the first quar­ter.

Buhach Colony quar­ter­back Bran­don Ruiz con­nected with Bren­dan Ek­izian for a 56-yard touch­down that gave the Thun­der a 28-13 lead in the fourth quar­ter.

Youlas Dick­son came up with a cou­ple key plays on de­fense with an in­ter­cep­tion and caus­ing a fum­ble.

Buhach Colony will face No. 1 seed Cap­i­tal Chris­tian (10-0) in the quar­ter­fi­nals next week. Gus­tine 28, Mil­len­nium 27 in Gus­tine – The Reds came back from an early 14-0 deficit to squeak past the Fal­cons in the first round of the Divi­sion VII play­offs.

Bran­don Gar­bez rushed for 160 yards and a touch­down on 24 car­ries for the Reds (6-5). Ge­orge Meza added 33 rush­ing yards and two touch­downs for Gus­tine.

Daniel Quinn had nine

tack­les and one sack on de­fense for Gus­tine, which faces No. 1 seed De­nair in the semi­fi­nals next week.

Mil­len­nium (5-6) scored a touch­down to pull within 28-27 with 1:47 left on the clock. The Fal­cons went for two, but failed. Dos Pa­los 41, Bishop

Union 6 in Bishop – The Cen­tral Sec­tion seed­ing com­mit­tee mis­fired on this one.

The Bron­cos took a six-hour bus ride that trav­eled 232 miles one way and de­stroyed the

No. 8 seed.

The No. 9 seed Dos Pa­los jumped out to a

41-0 lead. Ron­ald John­son 124 yards and two touch­downs on just eight car­ries for the Bron­cos (6-5).

Michael Mer­rill com­pleted seven of eight passes for 186 and two touch­downs. He found Jared Jones for a 40-yard touch­down pass in the sec­ond quar­ter and later a 60yard

scor­ing strike to Dustin El­rod.

The Bron­cos (6-5) face top-seed Shafter next week. High­land 39, Chowchilla 28 in Chowchilla – The No. 10 Scots made the 2-hour trip up from Bak­ers­field and ral­lied late to upset No. 7 Chowchilla.

High­land quar­ter­back Nick Salas scored three touch­downs on the ground and con­nected on one through the air to lead the Scots to the vic­tory.

The Tribe (7-4) loss de­spite hav­ing al­most two rush­ers top 200 yards on the ground in the same game. Quar­ter­back Cody Woolsey rushed for 223 yards and run­ning back Jor­dan Horn­beak added 199 yards and four touch­downs.

GENE LIEB glieb@los­banosen­ter­prise.com

Los Banos re­ceiver, Lan­don Ramos catches a pass in the fourth quar­ter against Ores­timba High School, but lands with a foot on the line Fri­day night, Nov. 2, 2018 at Loftin Sta­dium in Los Banos.

GENE LIEB glieb@los­banosen­ter­prise.com

Pacheco High linebacker, Gilbert Mon­toya, top, lands on Sierra High run­ning back, Matt Dun­ham in the first quar­ter Fri., Nov. 2, 2018 at Vet­er­ans Sta­dium in Los Banos.

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