Tur­lock

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JU­LIAN A. LOPEZ jalopez@mod­bee.com

re­ceiver Lu­cas Cur­tis (11) reaches the ball out while div­ing for the end zone against Co­sumnes Oaks on Fri­day night.

Tur­lock se­nior run­ning back Lu­cas Cur­tis ran through a cou­ple of Co­sumnes Oaks de­fend­ers and dragged them with him en route to an 8-yard touch­down run with 35 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter.

The heavy load was noth­ing com­pared to the weight of play­ing with­out start­ing quar­ter­back Jonah Kosakiewicz and wide re­ceiver Cam­eran Sher­wood.

Cur­tis and the Bull­dogs (8-3), how­ever, were up to the chal­lenge as they blanked the 4-7 Wolf­pack 28-0 in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion Divi­sion I play­offs on Fri­day at Joe De­bely Sta­dium.

“There weren’t a lot of dif­fer­ences,” Cur­tis said. “That’s the thing about us. We have so much depth. We know who­ever got put in, they just had to do their job and we did it.”

Kosakiewicz was out with an an­kle in­jury. Sher­wood left the game early with flu-like symp­toms.

High­lights: Tur­lock 28 Co­sumnes Oaks 0

Cur­tis did his job as he rushed for 93 yards on 14 car­ries and had three rush­ing touch­downs. He had a 2-yard touch­down run up the mid­dle in the third quar­ter and broke a cou­ple of tack­les for an 18-yard score in the fourth.

“He is a strong-willed kid,” Tur­lock coach James Peter­son said. “He doesn’t back down from any­body. He has worked hard this year to be the guy.”

Kosakiewicz was still bat­tling an an­kle in­jury suf­fered late in the Bull­dogs’ win over Pit­man last week and while he suited up, Peter­son said he “wasn’t 100-per­cent” and opted to start ju­nior Brock Paslay in­stead.

It wasn’t the smoothest of starts for Paslay as he was in­ter­cepted on his first pass at­tempt. But he bounced back and had a 23-yard touch­down pass to se­nior tight end Casey Carr in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Carr was in the game af­ter Sher­wood left in the first quar­ter.

It’s the next man up men­tal­ity that makes the Bull­dogs’ of­fense so ef­fec­tive.

“He (Carr) plays mid­dle linebacker for us,” Peter­son said. “I don’t know where he learned to catch the ball like that. (Tonight), it wasn’t per­fect, guys were mak­ing mis­takes but we ral­lied around those guys.”

Tur­lock’s de­fense was ready as it pitched a shutout for the sec­ond straight week. The Bull­dogs held the Wolf­pack to 135 to­tal yards and 78 rush­ing yards on 2.4 yards per carry.

“They were throw­ing the screen all night and our guys ral­lied and tack­led the guy when they needed to,” Peter­son said. “The de­fense just fin­ished on every play.”

Dur­ing their six-game win­ning streak, the No. 6-seed Bull­dogs have scored over 28 points in every game. Tur­lock will travel to El Do­rado Hills next week to face third­seeded Oak Ridge.

“Some­thing has clicked this year,” Cur­tis said. “No mat­ter who is in, they are go­ing to do their job.”

Divi­sion I Shel­don 27, Modesto 14: The Pan­thers, who were shut out in the first half, fin­ished the year at 5-6.

Divi­sion IV Oakdale 54, Val­ley 6: The Mus­tangs showed lit­tle sign of im­pact af­ter their loss to Cen­tral Catholic a week be­fore as they blew past the Vik­ings of Sacr­mento. Fifth-seeded Oakdale (8-3) trav­els to No. 4-seed Wood in the sec­ond round.

Pat­ter­son 48, Rose­mont 21: The Tigers blew open a tight game with 20 straight points in the third quar­ter and run­ning backs Jor­dan Imada and Obidiah God­bolt com­bined for more than 400 yards rush­ing. Imada gained 244 yards on 24 car­ries and scored three times while God­bolt rushed for 173 yards and three touch­downs on just eight car­ries.

Imada had two 9-yard TD runs and Gold­bolt a 73-yarder in the de­ci­sive third quar­ter that saw Pat­ter­son ( 7-4) move ahead 41-14. The Tigers travel to Orangevale to play Casa Roble (9-1) on Fri­day in the sec­ond round. Divi­sion VI Wa­ter­ford 51, Rio Vista 44: The 12th-seeded Wild­cats ( 7-4) scored 37 points in the fourth quar­ter — 31 straights points in the fi­nal six min­utes — to stun the No. 5 Rams (9-2).

Rio Vista went ahead 44-20 with seven min­utes left be­fore Wa­ter­ford pulled off what was seem­ingly an im­pos­si­ble comeback.

Quar­ter­back Michael Vivo had two straight touch­down passes, and the Wild­cats con­verted two straight two-point con­ver­sions to make it 44-36 with three min­utes left.

A short time later, Vivo rushed for a touch­down, and Wa­ter­ford con­verted the two-point con­ver­sion to tie it. Then, with un­der a minute left, Vivo scored again to win it.

He passed for four touch­downs and three for three oth­ers.

In the sec­ond round. Wa­ter­ford vis­its Ripon Chris­tian, which beat the Wild­cats 42-6 in Week 2.

Amador 37, Hugh­son 14: The Huskies, un­der first-year coach Shaun King, saw their sea­son end at 5-6 fol­low­ing a loss to the Buf­faloes. Amador scored 23 unan­swered points in the sec­ond half.

JOHN WESTBERG jwest­berg@mod­bee.com

JOHN WESTBERG jwest­berg@mod­bee.com

Tur­lock run­ning back An­thony Frias (21) runs through mul­ti­ple Co­sumnes Oaks de­fend­ers dur­ing the two teams’ Divi­sion I CIF Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion play­off game at Tur­lock High School Fri­day.

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