X-Factors: St. Mary’s at Tracy

St. Mary's High's Javonte Norman (right) stiff arms Tracy's Brandon Russell during their freshman football game in 2011. (PHOTO FROM THE TRACY PRESS)

I’m not sure many seats will be left at Wayne Schneider Stadium come Friday at sundown.

Tracy High football (5-2, 2-0 Tri-City Athletic League) hosts St. Mary’s (6-1, 2-0 TCAL) at 7:15 p.m., in a showdown that could decide the future league champion. Lincoln (4-3, 2-0 TCAL), of course, could have something to say about that.

The Bulldogs haven’t beaten the Rams in about two decades, probably since the stadium’s namesake Schneider was coach, Tracy coach Matt Shrout told me Tuesday. St. Mary’s looks to keep on a track to a high seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH

St. Mary’s defensive front seven is one of the best in the section, anchored by state tackles leader Khalil Hodge (129; 18 per game). And, Tracy runs the veer, and senior tailback Nate Jones is the real deal and a defending Sac-Joaquin Section 100-meter dash champion.

Something’s gotta give.

The Bulldogs’ secondary is also one of the best units in the section. Senior safety Jake Alvarado has five interceptions and cornerbacks Will Alexander and Joshua Clarke can play. Well, the Rams have been on fire throwing the ball, and quarterback Noah Righetti went 18 of 23 for 243 yards and four touchdowns last week.

Something’s gotta give there, too.

EMOTIONLESS AND UNDER STRESS

Tracy is not only looking for first place in the TCAL and its first win in this series in a long time, but has some extra motivation. Several St. Mary’s players live in or are from Tracy, and the players are quite familiar with each other. That makes this a very familiar, personal, emotional matchup.

Whichever team can put all that aside and focus on protecting the football and cashing in on opportunities has the upper hand.

SPADY TIME

St. Mary’s senior tailback Marcell Spady is one of those players who hails from Tracy. He was out last week from injury, but he’s back, and if he’s at the top of his game running between the tackles, it gives the Rams an inherent edge. With that, they could avoid attacking that Tracy secondary every play.

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NorCal Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 8

Keaton Hampton and St. Mary's High football are up to 13th in the latest MaxPreps NorCal Top 25 rankings. (MICHAEL MCCOLLUM/FOR THE RECORD)

Another edition of the NorCal football Top 25 rankings is out, brought to you by MaxPreps and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, and two local teams stay strong in there.

St. Mary’s (6-1, 2-0 Tri-City Athletic League) advanced to 13th from 14th after skunking Tokay 32-0 in its homecoming Friday. And Sierra (7-0, 4-0 Valley Oak League) remained at No. 24 after a pivotal 31-20 home win over VOL foe and No. 25 Oakdale.

Looking around at the rest of the Top 25, Oakdale stayed at No. 25, just tied with Elk Grove-Franklin now. St. Mary’s beat No. 15 Los Gatos 35-32 at home earlier this year, and lost at No. 17 San Francisco-St. Ignatius 28-24 in double overtime.

St. Mary’s travels to Tracy (5-2, 2-0 TCAL) for a crucial league game Friday at 7:15 p.m. — I’ll be there tweeting live updates — while Sierra hosts East Union (3-4, 2-2 VOL). Timberwolves coach Jeff Harbison has never lost to EU.

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Players to Watch: St. Mary’s at Tracy

It's a homecoming for Marcell Spady and several of his St. Mary's High football teammates Friday at Tracy High.

Both St. Mary’s and Tracy High football took a tour of some of the Bay Area’s best talent this preseason. The Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0 TCAL) fell in heartbreakers to Oakley-Freedom and Concord-Clayton Valley Charter, while the Rams (6-1, 2-0 TCAL) edged Los Gatos, thumped Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman and lost a gut-wrenching, double-overtime, Saturday afternoon game at San Francisco-St. Ignatius.

Now, the two meet for the reason they developed such tough preseason schedules: a run at a Tri-City Athletic League championship.

Tracy hosts St. Mary’s Friday at 7:15 p.m. in The Record’s prep football Game of the Week. I’ll be there tweeting live, and our own Kevin Hecteman will be on-site running our weekly live football chat.

For now, here are a couple players to watch for both teams.

KHALIL HODGE (St. Mary’s LB, Sr.)

How can I not talk about the state leader in tackles? St. Mary’s Hodge has 129 of them through seven games, an average of 18 per contest.

He heads the Rams’ nasty defensive front, and will have to contain Bulldogs tailback Nate Jones and quarterback Michael Brown.

BRANDON RUSSELL (Tracy WR/LB, Sr.)

Russell shouldn’t even be marked down at one position. He’s a wide receiver and a running back. He’s a linebacker, a cornerback and a safety, basically. He’s a stud on both sides of the ball.

And on defense this week, he must contribute in coverage on St. Mary’s wide receivers like Demetrius Ferguson and Javonte Norman, and help stop the rushing attack: headed by Tracy native and St. Mary’s senior Marcell Spady.

MARCELL SPADY (St. Mary’s RB, Sr.)

Speaking of Spady, he’s one of several Tracy natives on this team.

And he’s returning from injury as he missed last week against Tokay.

Spady is a beast out of the backfield, but the Bulldogs will have some motivation against a familiar face.

NATE JONES (Tracy RB, Sr.)

The Bulldogs have a ton of talent, a lot of leaders and are focused on selfless football.

But Nate Jones is the heart and soul of this team, it seems like.

And Jones, whenever he gets a glimmer against that St. Mary’s defense, will need to have a big play or two to make this happen at Wayne Schneider Stadium.

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Tracy enters latest Sac-Joaquin Section football Top 25

Tracy High senior Brandon Russell (right) and the Bulldogs are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 rankings. (CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD)

There wasn’t an avalanche of movement inside the latest Sac-Joaquin Section football Top 25 rankings, released Tuesday and compiled by MaxPreps and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson.

But for one local team, it was a breakthrough.

Tracy High football is back in the mix, on a five-game winning streak after losing to two Bay Area powers (Oakley-Freedom and Concord-Clayton Valley Charter) to open the season.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 for Week 8, with the rankings, the team, last week’s ranking in parenthesis and overall record. Local teams are bolded:

SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION TOP 25

1. Folsom (1) 7-0

2. Sacramento-Grant (2) 7-0

3. Rocklin (3) 7-0

4. Carmichael-Jesuit (4) 6-1

5. Elk Grove (5) 5-2

6. St. Mary’s (6) 6-1

7. Vacaville (10) 5-1

8. Sierra (8) 7-0

9. Merced (10) 5-2

10. Oakdale (9) 6-1

11. Sacramento-Inderkum (11) 7-1

12. Granite Bay (12) 5-2

13. Elk Grove-Franklin (13) 5-2

14. Loomis-Del Oro (15) 3-5

15. Elk Grove-Monterey Trail (14) 5-2

16. Modesto-Central Catholic (17) 5-2

17. Sacramento (18) 6-1

18. Modesto-Downey (21) 7-1

19. Rio Linda (22) 6-1

20. Manteca (23) 5-2

21. Modesto (NR) 6-2

22. Napa (25) 5-2

23. Tracy (NR) 5-2

24. El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge (16) 4-4

25. Turlock-Pitman (19) 5-1

  • St. Mary’s (6-1, 2-0 TCAL) finally pitched a shutout with that nasty defensive front seven, downing Tokay 32-0 for its second TCAL win. The Rams get their toughest TCAL test, traveling to Tracy, which hasn’t beaten St.  Mary’s in around two decades.
  • Sierra (7-0, 4-0 VOL) stood strong at No. 8 after beating Oakdale 31-20 at home, the first time the Timberwolves have beaten the Mustangs at home in 19 varsity seasons. Mark Paule Jr. ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns, and he leads the section with 28 total rushing TDs.
  • Manteca (5-2, 2-2 VOL) roundhoused Kimball 55-7 to redeem itself from the Levi’s Stadium loss to Oakdale. Junior quarterback Dakarai Charles sparkled, going 5 for 5 passing for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for 85 yards and another TD.
  • Tracy (5-2, 2-0 TCAL) is on a five-game winning streak, and overcame a slow start at the Grape Bowl to beat Lodi by two touchdowns.

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Sierra rockets up in NorCal bowl rankings

Sierra High football is ranked fourth in the latest NorCal Division II bowl rankings for MaxPreps and Cal-Hi Sports. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

It’s starting to get real for Timberwolves nation.

Sierra High football, after a statement 31-20 home win over perennial Valley Oak League power Oakdale, has moved up to No. 4 in both MaxPreps’ and Cal-Hi Sports’ NorCal Division II bowl rankings. The Timberwolves had never beaten the Mustangs at home, and did so by two scores.

Now, Sierra hosts East Union (3-4, 2-2 VOL) Friday, heads to Manteca (5-2, 2-2 VOL) on Halloween and heads to Weston Ranch (2-5, 1-3 VOL) Nov. 7.

Mark Paule Jr. leads the section with 28 rushing touchdowns, and has over 1,300 rushing yards.

NOTE: A huge matchup occurs in the East Bay Friday as Concord-Clayton Valley Charter faces Concord in a battle of unbeatens, and competitors with Sierra for a potential bowl spot.

MAXPREPS

1. (1) Clayton Valley Charter (Concord), 7-0, 47.8
2. (2) Enterprise (Redding), 6-1, 46.6
3. (3) Milpitas, 6-0, 42.0
4. (8) Sierra (Manteca), 7-0, 40.4
5. (5) Los Gatos, 5-1, 37.4
6. (4) Concord, 6-0, 36.0
7. (6) Pleasant Valley (Chico), 6-1, 35.9
8. (NR) Saint Francis (Mountain View), 4-2, 35.8
9. (7) Oakdale, 6-1, 34.9
10. (9) Inderkum (Sacramento), 7-1, 34.2

CAL-HI SPORTS

DIVISION II NORTH
1. Clayton Valley (Concord) 7-0
2. Los Gatos 5-1*
3. Concord 6-0**
4. Sierra (Manteca) 7-0
*With continued success, it becomes likely that Los Gatos would move to CCS Open Division playoffs and therefore would be considered D1 North for the bowl games. We are still ranking Milpitas in D1 North for bowl games since it has a D1 enrollment.
**Does not include forfeit win.

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Haywood named Cal-Hi Sports NorCal Defensive Player of the Week

It’s been a whirlwind of a week for Cutrell Haywood.

Haywood, a sophomore on the Stagg High football team, played his second varsity game Friday in a 55-20 win over McNair. And not only did he play well, but he was phenomenal.

Haywood had three touchdown receptions, and even more impressively, four interceptions on defense. Let’s put it this way, only 22 players in the Sac-Joaquin Section have four picks.

And only one sophomore. That’s Haywood. And he did it in one game.

Now, Haywood has been honored by Cal-Hi Sports, which named him its Northern California Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

Stagg coach Don Norton called Haywood a “very special” player when he called in Friday night.

Congratulations, Cutrell. As always, thanks for reading, everybody.

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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 7

Chavez High running back Priest Jennings (right) leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 1,377 rushing yards. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

At this point in the season, names of top football performers sounds really familiar. You hear pretty much every week, from my coverage and elsewhere, that St. Mary’s linebacker Khalil Hodge leads the state in tackles, and that Sierra running back Mark Paule Jr. has more rushing yards and TDs than anyone in the section.

And every now and then, we get a curious case like Cutrell Haywood’s.

CUTRELL HAYWOOD (Stagg WR/DB, So.)

Haywood, a sophomore, played just his second varsity game for the Delta Kings Friday in a 55-20 win over McNair: Stagg’s first victory this season.

And he didn’t just play well, he was astounding, with three touchdown catches and four, count ‘em, four, interceptions. Most players in the state don’t get four interceptions the entire season. And those four interceptions came against McNair’s Osai Brown, one of the top junior passers in the section and state.

Haywood lead’s off my Week 7 edition of “Helmet Stickers” – celebrating the best in local Friday night football.

MICHAEL BROWN (Tracy QB, Sr.)

Brown was a dual threat again for the Bulldogs in a 35-21 win over Lodi, with 119 rushing yards on 20 carries and a touchdown, and a 5-of-7 passing night with 94 yards and an aerial TD.

RONALD WALKER (Lincoln RB, Jr.)

Walker, a workhorse for the Trojans, was the key to Lincoln’s 14-6 win at West Friday. He had 21 carries for a game-high 198 yards and the game-sealing touchdown.

NOAH RIGHETTI (St. Mary’s QB, Sr.)

Righetti is really finding his stride down the stretch, and went 18 of 23 for 243 yards and four touchdowns in St. Mary’s 32-0 shutout of Tokay on homecoming Friday.

DAKARAI CHARLES (Manteca QB, Jr.)

Charles’ stock is rising in terms of Sac-Joaquin Section quarterbacks, and in a 55-7 win over Kimball, went 5 of 5 passing with 115 yards and two touchdowns, with 85 rushing yards including a 31-yard TD.

PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez RB, Sr.)

Jennings already led the section in rushing, and just added to it with his 20-carry, 249-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win over Edison Friday. This guy’s breakaway speed and agility is incredible. And he’s humble to boot.

SEAN BULIGON (Edison QB, Sr.)

Buligon didn’t have gaudy stats Friday, but an amazing 30-yard TD run, 69 rushing yards despite being sacked five times and took a gnarly hit to the helmet only to return healthy a couple drives later.

JACK WEAVER (East Union QB/LB/DB, So.)

Weaver may’ve been an underclassman, but he was Superman for the Lancers Friday, with three touchdown passes, a rushing TD, and forcing the game-clinching fumble in a 28-21 VOL win over Lathrop.

MARK PAULE JR. (Sierra RB, Jr.)

Paule leads the section with 28 rushing touchdowns, by far, and is second behind Jennings with 1,329 yards after posting 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Timberwolves’ huge 31-20 home win over Oakdale Friday. It’s Sierra’s first home win ever over Oakdale, it’s 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the VOL and Paule is a huge reason why.

LESTER WILLIAMS (Stagg WR, Sr.)

Williams had two second-half carries against McNair. And they both displayed why he’s so dangerous. They were touchdown runs of 70 and 80 yards. This guy is a beast, and Chavez needs to be wary of him when they square off Nov. 7 to finish the regular season.

HUNTER CALTON (Escalon RB, Jr.)

Calton, in the shadows behind seniors Christian May and Wesley Dick, was the star in Cougars coach Mark Loureiro’s section-record clinching 262nd win, 41-34 over Hilmar Friday. Calton had 13 carries for 171 yards and a TD.

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Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 8

Sierra High quarterback Devin Nunez had a key touchdown pass to Hunter Johnson in Friday's win over Oakdale. (MICHAEL MCCOLLUM/FOR THE RECORD)

An autumn chill is finally here. That’s how you know high school football season is in its homestretch in Northern California.

There are three weeks left in the regular season, and several mammoth games remaining: St. Mary’s-Tracy, Sierra-Manteca and Lincoln-Tracy are all in the next two weeks.

My high school football power rankings are back, and this time, in addition to my usual top 5 – filled with large- and medium-sized schools – we’ll have a small-school power rankings. The only rule for the small schools for our coverage area is that they must have less than 1,000 students.

Here we go:

1. ST. MARY’S (1) 6-1, 2-0 TCAL

The Rams have done nothing but defend their top spot since beginning TCAL play, outscoring West and St. Mary’s by a combined 64 points. They beat Tokay 32-0 on homecoming Friday for their first shutout of the season.

Quarterback Noah Righetti seems to have found a rhythm, firing four touchdown passes Friday. St. Mary’s gets what could be its toughest league game Friday, heading to Tracy, last week’s No. 3.

ON FRIDAY: at Tracy (5-2, 2-0 TCAL), 7:15 p.m.

2. SIERRA (2) 7-0, 4-0 VOL

Another week, another historic win for the Timberwolves.

Sierra, which opened in 1994, got its first-ever home win over Oakdale, 31-20 Friday night. Junior running back Mark Paule Jr. scored three more touchdowns to make his season total 27 through seven games played.

Left on the schedule is East Union, Manteca and Weston Ranch. That Manteca game, on Halloween, is on the road, and the biggest test between Sierra, an outright VOL title and a shot at the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

ON FRIDAY: vs. East Union (3-4, 2-2 VOL), 7 p.m.

3. TRACY (3) 5-2, 2-0 TCAL

The Bulldogs started slow at Lodi this week but handled business eventually, winning by two touchdowns.

Tracy will have to get its passing game going against a tremendous St. Mary’s front seven this week. As fast as Nate Jones is, he may not have much room to run.

ON FRIDAY: vs. St. Mary’s (6-1, 2-0 TCAL), 7:15 p.m.

4. LINCOLN (4) 4-3, 2-0 TCAL

The Trojans got a heck of a scare Friday in Tracy, fending off upstart West 14-6 despite dominating statistically. Lincoln cannot afford to miss on opportunities in its final two games against Tracy and St. Mary’s.

ON FRIDAY: vs. Tokay (4-3, 0-2 TCAL), 7:15 p.m.

5. MANTECA (5) 5-2, 2-2 VOL

Manteca took out its frustrations from the Levi’s Stadium loss to Oakdale by pouring out 55 points in a thrashing of Kimball on Friday.

The Buffaloes’ most impressive win, though, was still Week 0 at Santa Clara-Wilcox. Manteca must show something against Sierra in two weeks to help its playoff seeding.

ON FRIDAY: vs. Weston Ranch (2-5, 1-3 VOL)

ON THE BUBBLE: West (5-2, 0-2 TCAL) is worthy of some applause, I didn’t think it would be able to stack up to the TCAL’s best even after that great preseason, and it nearly beat Lincoln, a team with a whole lot of talent… Chavez (5-2, 2-0 SJAA) proved to be the class of the San Joaquin Athletic Association by doubling up Edison 40-20 Friday. Tailback Priest Jennings (1,377 rushing yards, leading the SJSCIF) is for real…

SMALL-SCHOOL RANKINGS

1. ESCALON (5-2, 2-0 TVL)

The Cougars’ losses, at home against a school about double its size in Patterson, and a tough road game to Grass Valley against Bear River, are both excusable.

Escalon is experienced, and its Wing-T offense is clicking behind senior rushers Wesley Dick and Christian May. Cougars coach Mark Loureiro has more wins (262) than any other coach in Sac-Joaquin Section history, plus three state titles.

ON FRIDAY: at Riverbank (1-6, 0-2 TVL), 7:30 p.m.

2. RIPON (3-4, 2-0 TVL)

Ripon had a grueling preseason, but has started preseason play by handling Hilmar and Riverbank. That means the Indians have a real shot at the playoffs, though Modesto Christian’s inclusion in the TVL makes life difficult.

ON FRIDAY: at Modesto Christian (6-1, 2-0 TVL), 7:30 p.m.

3. CALAVERAS (3-4, 2-1 MLL)

Calaveras tested itself in the preseason and was beat up, but has a chance to finish in the two spot behind Sonora in the MLL, though Amador is 3-0 as of now and in second place. Senior Connor Hamilton is one of the best small-school tailbacks in the section.

ON FRIDAY: vs. Summerville (5-3, 2-2 MLL), 7:30 p.m.

4. RIPON CHRISTIAN (5-2, 2-2 SL)

The Knights are grinding through their Southern League schedule, with losses at Le Grand, last year’s Div. V champion, and at Gustine, an on-the-rise likely playoff team.

ON FRIDAY: at Denair (2-5, 0-4 SL), 7:30 p.m.

5. ELLIOT CHRISTIAN (6-1, 3-0 CCAA)

The Eagles are on a six-game winning streak since losing their opener, and have a chance to be CCAA champions and have home game(s) in the Div. VII playoffs. Senior tailback Dominic Spadafore is one to watch.

ON SATURDAY: vs. Brookside Christian (4-3, 3-0 CCAA) at Lincoln High, 7 p.m.

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Local Football Scoreboard and New League Standings: Week 7

Sierra High football is in uncharted territory, unbeaten and alone in first place in the VOL. (MICHAEL MCCOLLUM/FOR THE RECORD)

WEEK 7 FOOTBALL SCORES:

Sierra 31, Oakdale 20
Chavez 40, Edison 20
St. Mary’s 32, Tokay 0
Lincoln 14, West 6
Bear Creek 42, Franklin 12
Stagg 55, McNair 20
Tracy 35, Lodi 21
Escalon 41, Hilmar 34
Ripon 52, Riverbank 6
Sonora 55, Linden 7
Manteca 55, Kimball 7
Elliot Chr. 54, Turlock Chr. 16
East Union 28, Lathrop 21
Cent. Cath. 42, Weston Ranch 0
Summerville 34, Argonaut 6
Amador 56, Bret Harte 21
Gustine 23, Ripon Christian 7
Brookside Chr. 36, Big Valley Chr. 6

SJAA STANDINGS

1. Chavez 2-0 (5-2)

T2. Bear Creek 1-1 (2-5)

T2. Edison 1-1 (2-5)

T2. McNair 1-1 (2-5)

T2. Stagg 1-1 (1-5)

6. Franklin 0-2 (1-6)

TCAL STANDINGS

T1. Lincoln 2-0 (4-3)

T1. St. Mary’s 2-0 (6-1)

T1. Tracy 2-0 (5-2)

T4. Lodi 0-2 (4-3)

T4. Tokay 0-2 (4-3)

T4. West 0-2 (5-2)

VOL STANDINGS

1. Sierra 4-0 (7-0)

T2. Central Catholic 3-1 (5-2)

T2. Oakdale 3-1 (6-1)

T4. East Union 2-2 (3-4)

T4. Manteca 2-2 (5-2)

T6. Lathrop 1-3 (2-5)

T6. Weston Ranch 1-3 (2-5)

8. Kimball 0-4 (1-6)

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Stats and Breakdown: Chavez tops Edison

Chavez High wide receiver Lamar Housely (center) had a touchdown catch against Edison Friday. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Chavez High football is on the brink of history.

The Titans (5-2, 2-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) are a win away from their second winning season in program history (the school opened in 2005), three wins away from the winningest season ever, and two wins away from the first-ever league championship in program history.

It’s an exciting time for the black, white and gold.

Chavez doubled up Edison 40-20 on Friday, behind another enormous night from senior tailback Priest Jennings, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s rushing leader at 1,377 yards.

Here’s my quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the game, with a complete statistical look as well:

FIRST QUARTER

Edison received the ball and Chavez’s Angel Meza sacked Vikings quarterback Sean Buligon to end the first drive. The Titans got it, Jennings had three carries for 65 yards and two first downs and quarterback Julius Davila hit wide receiver Lamar Housely on a 12-yard fade for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

The Vikings (2-5, 1-1 SJAA) returned the favor on their next drive, as Buligon dragged several tacklers into the end zone with him for a 2-yard plunge and a 6-all tie.

SECOND QUARTER

Chavez got it back, starting with a Jennings’ 28-yard first-down run in the first quarter, and finished with a 1-yard plunge from Davila after a first-down pass to Danny Lopez-Goodacre. Chavez led 12-6 after another failed two-point conversion.

Chavez’s Serrill Galloway made a huge third-down tackle on a Buligon keeper, and the Titans got it back to score again.

It was Jennings on a dazzling 79-yard touchdown run where he showcased his breakaway speed and his ability to break tackles mercilessly. The Titans led 20-6 after a completed two-point conversion pass to Lopez-Goodacre.

Edison showed some guts the next drive, fighting back from a 1st and 31 to score as Buligon avoided a sack and showed his athleticism on a 30-yard TD run. The Vikings’ kick failed, and they trailed 20-12.

Chavez scored once more before half on James Rankins’ 5-yard run, and another two-point hookup from Davila to Lopez-Goodacre for a 28-12 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF

Both teams traded punts to open the half. Then the Titans’ Housely returned a huge punt all the way to the Vikings’ 4-yard line.

On the first play, Jennings  burst into the end zone for a 34-12 lead.

Edison drove into Chavez territory on its next drive, but Buligon fumbled on third down and the Titans’ Noah Wallen recovered.

Quickly, the Titans struck for a final time, as Davila hit James Reed on a gorgeous 35-yard deep post for a touchdown. Chavez sacked Buligon on its next drive, but a personal foul penalty kept the drive going.

And Kiante Bell scored a touchdown on a 29-yard sweep, zig-zagging his way to the end zone. It was the final score of the night. The teams played to a scoreless fourth-quarter stalemate.

STATISTICS

EDISON (2-5, 1-1 SJAA)

Passing

Sean Buligon: 2 of 7, 48 yards

Rushing

Sean Buligon: 18 rush, 69 yards, 2 TDs, 5 sacks

Kiante Bell: 4 rush, 44 yards, TD

Ja’ Quan Williams: 7 rush, 23 yards

Jaelin Ivy: 5 rush, 20  yards

William Lewis: 7 rush, 14 yards

Juwuan Small: 1 rush, 3 yards

Shariq McNeal: 1 rush, 0 yards

Receiving

Kiante Bell: 1 rec., 24 yards

Devon King: 1 rec., 24 yards

Total Offense: 221 yards (173 rushing 48 passing)

CHAVEZ (5-2, 2-0 SJAA)

Passing

Julius Davila: 6 of 10, 98 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing

Priest Jennings: 20 rush, 249 yards, 2 TDs

Ira Williams: 10 rush, 47 yards

Tyrone Tyrone: 7 rush, 28 yards

James Rankins: 2 rush, 6 yards, TD

Julius Davila: 6 rush, 0 yards, TD, 1 sack

Receiving

James Reed: 2 rec., 45 yards, TD

Danny Lopez-Goodacre: 2 rec., 34 yards

Lamar Housely: 2 rec., 19 yards, TD

Total Offense: 428 yards (330 rushing, 98 passing)

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