Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 3

 

Stagg's "Royal Rumblers" student section could be pivotal in tonight's game against Lodi. (CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD)

The nights are getting a little cooler. Offenses are getting in rhythm. Defenses are getting meaner and smarter.

High school football season is coming into its own, and for larger groups like the Valley Oak League, league play begins next Friday – believe it or not.

For now, today brings another slew of intriguing nonleague matchups – with some new rivalries, some familiar faces and some out-of-area games.

Here’s a look at my weekly predictions. Thus far this season, I’m 29-15 after a middling 9-6 Week 2 set of predictions.

Without further ado, here’s a look at my predictions. WATCH our “Quick Hits” Game of the Week preview video, where I visit Kimball (1-1) and Tracy (1-2) football. Also, I’ve linked all of the high school sports coverage on my blog below on a day-by-day list.

TRACY 42, Kimball 17

The Jaguars are making great progress, and earned those 55 points last week at Bear Creek. But Tracy is the defending San Joaquin Athletic Association champion, and closer to full strength in all likelihood as senior tailback Nate Jones (1,174 rushing yards, 19 TDs as a junior) returns from an ankle injury.

To win this game, I think Kimball will need to make it a complete offensive slugfest. They run a Wing-T and Tracy runs a veer, so running the ball will be common, but the Jaguars’ defense seems better prepared to stop the pass with safeties Jacob Taloa and Rashaad Cooper.

With the win, Tracy improves to 4-1 against Kimball all-time.

WEST 42, Chavez 40

The Wolf Pack rides junior tailback Marcel Dancy against a Chavez defense that, while it has talent, is still learning how to stop the run.

Expect Titans quarterback Julius Davila, tailback Priest Jennings and wide receiver Lamar Housely to have big games, but it’s not quite enough on the road in Tracy. West improves to 3-0 for the first time in AT LEAST 13 years.

West tied its first game and then won its next three, going 3-0-1 to start the 2001 season, according to calpreps.com.

STAGG 38, Lodi 32

The Flames can run the ball effectively. The Delta Kings are dangerous via the air with wide receiver Lester Williams.

Stagg is at home, and has the desperation of an 0-3 start. It needs good things to happen before SJAA play begins in October. Williams goes off with at least three touchdowns, and the Delta Kings outlast a Flames team that does show up big with their backfield. This one could go either way.

TOKAY 36, Franklin 10

The Yellowjackets frustrate the Tigers offensively early on, as converted wide receiver Jovon Woods – who played some QB last year – comes in as a dual threat. But Tokay quarterback Grayson Dillon settles down, hooks up with Allen Ward and TJ Gotelli and the Tigers eventually cruise to a win at the Grape Bowl to improve to 3-1.

LINCOLN 35, Livermore-Granada 17

The Trojans get back on track after consecutive losses to Turlock-Pitman and Elk Grove, behind the offensive quartet of sweepers Mark Russell and Chris Cannady and power runners Ronald Walker and Hunter Yates.

Coach Brian Gray improves to 8-9 in his career at Lincoln in home nonleague games.

MORE PREDICTIONS

Friday

MODESTO-GRACE DAVIS over Weston Ranch

The Cougars (1-1) showed promise and speed after they beat formerly undefeated Galt, but Davis is hot and off to a 3-0 start. Its defense held East Union – which scored 60 against Modesto Johansen – to six points in the opening game.

EDISON over Davis

Edison quarterback Sean Buligon is off to a nice start to his senior season, and the Vikings seem to be in a better place than the 0-2 Blue Devils.

VALLEJO over Bear Creek

Bear Creek is in a transitional phase, and this will be a difficult road trip.

UNION MINE over Calaveras

Calaveras comes close, once again, but still can’t get a break and falls to an 0-4 start. Life will be better for the Redskins once Mother Lode League play starts (except when Sonora comes around.)

MODESTO-GREGORI over East Union

The Lancers (1-1) surprised me with their blasting of Johansen, but Gregori (2-1) has figured things out since an opening loss at Chavez and wins a close one.

MODESTO CHRISTIAN over McNair

Modesto Christian almost beat small-school power Sacramento-Capital Christian and stomped on Calaveras – a team McNair narrowly beat. Eagles quarterback Osai Brown and wide receiver Sean Hamilton put up nice numbers again, but the Crusaders score too much at home.

GALT-LIBERTY RANCH over Escalon

Escalon (2-1) will be fired up, on a two-game winning streak and on homecoming, but Div. I Liberty Ranch is coming off a good offensive win over McNair and has too much depth and speed for the Cougars.

LINDEN over Riverbank

Riverbank is a program trying to find itself, while Linden has been knocking on the door – with a 21-19 loss at Gustine and a 27-23 home loss to Ripon Christian. Linden gets it done.

RIPON CHRISTIAN over Merced-Stone Ridge Christian

The Knights (3-0) keep the good times rolling, and senior Brian Systma keeps running like a champ.

Saturday

ST. MARY’S over San Francisco-St. Ignatius

This is an out-of-area matchup for the ages, but in end, the Rams’ size on their lines and their front seven and eight on defense overwhelm their opponents just enough. St. Mary’s wins a thriller, just like at did at Modesto-Central Catholic.

THIS WEEK’S PREP SPORTS BLOG COVERAGE (Free)

MONDAY: “Helmet Stickers” for Week 2, Prep Football Power Rankings, Week 3

TUESDAY: Prep Football Week 3 Schedule, Female Athlete of the Week, Male Athlete of the Week, Sierra breaks into SJSCIF Top 25, Players to Watch: Kimball at Tracy

WEDNESDAY: Recent History: Kimball-Tracy FootballCal-Hi Sports Bowl Rankings/MaxPreps NorCal Top 25

THURSDAY: Prep Notebook: Around the Local Sports Scene (non-football), Five locals named to Cal-Hi Sports stat stars

TODAY: Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 3

THIS WEEK’S STORIES IN THE RECORD AND ON RECORDNET.COM (Paid Content)

TUESDAY: Weston Ranch boys soccer on a mission, routs Kimball

THURSDAY: Column on cross country: a sport that grows on you

FRIDAY: Kimball-Tracy football preview; Games of the Week capsules

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Five local football players named Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars

Sierra High football tailback Mark Paule Jr. (20) made the Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars list for the third straight week. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

As far as this year goes, it’s a record.

Five local football players – two from Stockton, two from Tracy, one from Manteca – were named to the Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars weekly list Thursday. For one of them, it’s his third straight week on the list.

Sierra High tailback Mark Paule Jr. is back on the list, after taking 28 carries for 245 yards and a season-high six touchdowns in a 63-24 pasting of Chavez. He leads the state with 16 rushing touchdowns and his 660 rushing yards.

And, he didn’t even touch the ball in a running-clock fourth quarter.

Paule headlines the local group who earned the honors, and here are the rest:

QB – OSAI BROWN (McNair, Jr.)

Brown threw for a career-best 450 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 51 yards and two more scores in a 51-40 loss at Galt-Liberty Ranch. He and wide receiver Sean Hamilton, who we talk about below, are a deadly duo.

RB/LB – BRANDON RUSSELL (Tracy, Sr.)

Russell is the first Bulldog on this list this season, listed under the defense/multi-purpose category, after shining in Tracy’s 50-12 win over Modesto-Beyer. The senior Russell caught a 29-yard touchdown pass, had two interceptions and recovered a fumble.

RB/DB – JACOB TALOA (Kimball, Sr.)

Taloa ran all over Bear Creek in a 55-25 win on the road, with 256 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and an 82-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Malik Ransom. He also had an interception.

WR – SEAN HAMILTON (McNair, Jr.)

Liberty Ranch couldn’t touch Hamilton, who had 10 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns. His 580 receiving yards lead the state among teams that report stats to MaxPreps.

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Prep Notebook: Around the local sports scene

West High boys soccer (in blue) beat St. Mary's 3-0 to start Tri-City Athletic League play last week. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

This blog and most of my time is dominated by football in the fall season. That’s not always fair to tennis, golf, cross country, water polo, soccer and volleyball, but it’s just a fact of life.

That’s why I’ve started this weekly blog, in addition to our coverage in The Record, for a roundup of what’s going on with area teams in non-football sports.

Here’s a quick look at each:

VOLLEYBALL

League is yet to begin, but I’m impressed with Ripon Christian – which took large-school power St. Mary’s to five sets in a loss. And the Knights’ Dani Erdelatz leads local teams in kills: her 118 are 13th in the section.

Fellow senior and teammate Elisabeth Regusci has 209 assists as the Knights’ setter, 14th in the section.

It’s exciting to have Lincoln and St. Mary’s both in the Tri-City Athletic League this year. The Rams knocked the Trojans out of the Div. I playoffs a year ago. Their matchups are at St. Mary’s Oct. 13 and at Lincoln Oct. 29.

Look out for another small-school power in Linden, which is 6-1 and can hang with the best of them.

GIRLS GOLF

League meets got underway this week, as Stagg beat Edison, Lodi edged Lincoln and St. Mary’s topped Tracy, Franklin beat McNair and Bear Creek topped Chavez among others.

The best performances of the day were by the Flames’ Jackie Schmidt and Sophia Demski, who posted 5-over par 42s at the Woodbridge Golf Course & Country Club in Lodi (par-37 course).

CROSS COUNTRY

As you may have read in my column, a great local event, the Stockton Unified School District championships, are coming at 9 a.m. Saturday hosted by Stagg. The course is on a levee that starts near the University of the Pacific and ends in front of Stagg.

The four SUSD schools – Chavez, Stagg, Edison and Franklin – get a chance to be called district champions.

Looking more at the area, Lincoln finished fifth in the boys Div. II category at the Sac-Joaquin Section championships a year ago. However, Lodi senior Blake Fonda finished first with a 15-minute, 51-second time on a 3-mile course in the first TCAL center meet Sept. 10. Lodi junior Haley Boynton won it on the girls side at 19:26.

GIRLS TENNIS

Bear Creek and Franklin swept McNair and Chavez, respesctively, to begin San Joaquin Athletic Association play Tuesday.

Tennis is a backloaded sport schedule-wise, and another with very little information online. More to come as the year progresses.

BOYS WATER POLO

Lincoln (6-0) and Tokay (6-2) are both off to strong starts.

Tigers senior Wilhem Kautz is fifth in the section with 34 points (29 goals, 4 assists) and teammate and junior Nick Kleinert is sixth (27 goals, 5 assists).

Water polo is a sport that’s widely ignored on MaxPreps, like a couple other of these, and so my informaiton is limited here.

BOYS SOCCER

As I wrote Monday, Weston Ranch High boys soccer is on a mission to not only win its first Sac-Joaquin Section championship in school history, but the first section title for any sport for the school: in its 12th year of existence.

The Cougars’ Joseph Mayorca is 10th in the section with 24 points (10 goals and four assists) and Kevin Medina is tied for sixth with seven assists.

Ripon goalkeeper Johnathan Soto is coming up huge, sixth in the section with 49 saves.

League Leaders: Manteca and Weston Ranch (VOL, both 2-0) and Tokay (TCAL, 2-0-1).

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Manteca, St. Mary’s, Sierra football stack up well in NorCal

Sierra High quarterback Devin Nunez (right) had two touchdown passes at Chavez Friday. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

It’s a week of firsts for Sierra High football.

Tuesday, the Timberwolves (3-0) entered MaxPreps’ Sac-Joaquin Section football Top 25 for the first time in program history, coming in at No. 25, and today, Sierra entered the Cal-Hi Sports’ NorCal Div. II bowl rankings at No. 10.

Sierra has crushed Ripon, Ceres-Central Valley and Chavez by a combined 173-31. And junior tailback Mark Paule Jr. leads the state with 16 rushing touchdowns.

Times are also good for local football teams who wear green.

Manteca High (3-0) demolished Modesto-Enochs 49-14 Friday, and remains seventh in the Cal-Hi Sports list. The Buffaloes have two solid senior tailbacks in Hector Soto and Lechi Nkwocha, and a good defense once again.

This is the third straight week Manteca has been No. 7. Here’s a look at the full top 10 below, with the team, their prior week ranking in parenthesis and their overall record.

NORCAL DIV. II TOP 10

1. Concord-Clayton Valley (1) 3-0

2. Los Gatos (3) 2-0

3. Concord (4) 3-0

4. Sacramento (5) 2-0

5. Oakdale (6) 3-0

6. Redding-Enterprise (2) 1-1

7. Manteca (7) 3-0

8. Rio Linda (8) 3-0

9. Sacramento-Inderkum (9) 2-1

10. Sierra (NR) 3-0

St. Mary’s (2-0), which travels to San Francisco-St.Ignatius – Cal-Hi Sports’ No. 21 team in the Bay Area — on Saturday, is a bubble team in the Div. I pecking order and is back as the MaxPreps NorCal No. 25 team (tied with two others) in the overall NorCal rankings.

The last time the Rams faced a highly-touted Bay Area team, Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman, its opponent was ranked No. 23 on that list. And St. Mary’s cruised to a 35-0 win that easily could’ve been 42-0.

Escalon (2-1) is listed as a bubble team in the NorCal Div. III rankings. Remember, Cougars coach Mark Loureiro has 259 career wins, all with Escalon: two away from the section record of 261.

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Recent History: Kimball-Tracy Football

Kimball High football won its only game over Tracy in 2011. (GLENN MOORE/TRACY PRESS)

Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama.

Yes, they’re both presidents. No, they never got a chance to meet each other.

They’re significant in local high school football, though, when we look at the origin of Tracy and Kimball high schools.

Tracy was founded in 1917, around the middle of Wilson’s eight-year term in office and World War I, and has a rich recent football tradition. Kimball, however, began in 2009: the first official year of Obama’s first term in office.

The schools have played four times, in four straight years dating back to 2010, and the Bulldogs (1-2) have taken three of four over the Jaguars (1-1). Kimball has yet to have a winning season, but had its first .500 season (5-5) in coach Charles Spikes’ first year in 2013. In fact, the Jaguars finished fourth and were 4-3 in the Valley Oak League.

Tracy, on the other hand, has Sac-Joaquin Section championships in 1982 and ’87, went 10-2 and 5-0 in the SJAA a year ago, as a league champion, and beat Edison in the SJSCIF Div. I first-round playoffs before falling to Carmichael-Jesuit in the quarterfinals.

In coach Matt Shrout’s first four full seasons, Tracy was a losing squad the first two years, but improved and is a contender in the Tri-City Athletic League this year.

Here’s a look back at the Jaguars’ and Bulldogs’ four matchups in their history. On Friday night, Kimball-Tracy is our Game of the Week, and I’ll be there updating live on Twitter. You can also check out our running live chat, with scores, photos, videos, conversation and more at recordnet.com/football.

TRACY 28, KIMBALL 6 (Sept. 20, 2013)

The Bulldogs’ Nate Jones, then a junior running back, took 10 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown and Tracy’s defense did the rest. Tracy sacked Kimball quarterbacks eight times and had three interceptions in a defensively dominating win on the road.

Gaige Allen led the Jaguars with 13 carries for 108 yards and their lone TD.

TRACY 37, KIMBALL 28 (Sept. 14, 2012)

Allen had another solid night for Kimball, with 14 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown, but Tracy’s Bruce Russell went off with 18 carries for 213 yards and three TDs. Josh Clark had two interceptions for the Bulldogs and quarterback Luke Hanna had two rushing touchdowns.

KIMBALL 29, TRACY 22 (Sept. 16, 2011)

Kimball quarterback Zack Johnson threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 72 yards and two more TDs.

Hanna, Russell and Davon Powell had Tracy’s TDs.

TRACY 53, KIMBALL 35 (Sept. 17, 2010)

Bulldogs rusher Jordan Williams went off, with 19 carries for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Casey Wichman added three more rushing TDs, and threw a TD to Russell.

Kimball’s Johnson threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and scored two more TDs on his feet.

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Players to Watch: Kimball at Tracy

Kimball High running back Jacob Taloa (second from left) is key in his team's trip to Tracy Friday. (ROGER WOO/THE RECORD)

The Record’s high school football Game of the Week for Week 3 is a battle for the west side of the 209.

Tracy (1-2) hosts Kimball (1-1) in a cross-town battle at 7:15 p.m. The host Bulldogs are looking for a second-straight win after falling to Oakley-Freedom and Concord-Clayton Valley to start the season. Kimball began with a 48-7 defeat to West (another Tracy squad) but battered Bear River 55-25 on the road in Stockton Friday.

Last season, Tracy was the San Joaquin Athletic Association champion and walloped Edison in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. They return senior tailback Nate Jones, though he’s been recovering from injury.

He dressed in a win over Modesto-Beyer Friday, and who knows when he’ll be back.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Players to Watch for Kimball-Tracy.

RB/DB – JACOB TALOA (Kimball, Sr.)

Taloa was out of his mind for Kimball Friday, with 256 rushing yards and four touchdown runs in the Jaguars’ first win of the year. He also caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Malik Ransom and had an interception on defense.

How Taloa runs against Tracy’s defense, and counters the Bulldogs’ passing game could tell whether the Jaguars have a good shot at an upset.

RB/LB – BRANDON RUSSELL (Tracy, Sr.)

Russell is more than just a solid tailback for the Bulldogs – he leads the team with 35 tackles through their first three games, with a sack and two interceptions against Beyer.

In that Beyer game, Russell also caught a 29-yard touchdown. That TD and both interceptions were before halftime.

West tailback Marcel Dancy had a field day against Kimball, with nine carries for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

QB/CB – MALIK RANSOM (Kimball, Sr.)

Ransom needs to complement the talented Taloa with a Jaguars passing attack, to keep Tracy guessing on defense.

He will have to be good all season, as Kimball enters into a brutal VOL where it finished fourth behind Manteca, Oakdale and Sierra a year ago.

RB/LB – COURTNEY HAWKINS (Tracy, Jr.)

Whether Jones starts playing for Tracy is unknown.

What is known, is Hawkins was a tank for Tracy last week, taking 17 carries for 122 yards. If he keeps rolling like that against Kimball, the home team should be in good shape.  The Jaguars will have to shore up their run defense to stop Hawkins.

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Sac-Joaquin Section Football Top 25 Rankings: Sierra Busts In

Sierra High football is ranked for the first time in the Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Valley Oak League football is so big, the preseason seems over before it begins.

The VOL includes eight teams, and to fit all of the matchups into a regular-season schedule, league play starts in Week 4. That’s already next Friday, Sept. 26.

And the VOL doesn’t just have eight teams, it’s got a wealth of championship-caliber talent.

The VOL showed up huge on the latest Sac-Joaquin Section football Top 25 rankings, released Tuesday and compiled by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson via MaxPreps.com.

VOL teams Oakdale, Manteca, Central Catholic and newcomer Sierra are all in the Top 25, which I’ll list below. Local teams are bolded, and last weeks rankings are in parenthesis followed by the team’s overall record.

SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION TOP 25

1. Folsom (1) 3-0

2. Elk Grove (2) 2-0

3. El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge (3) 3-0

4. Sacramento Grant (4) 3-0

5. Granite Bay (5) 2-0

6. Rocklin (6) 3-0

7. Loomis-Del Oro (7) 1-2

8. Vacaville (8) 1-1

9. Sacramento (9) 2-0

10. St. Mary’s (10) 2-0

11. Carmichael-Jesuit (11) 2-1

12. Elk Grove-Franklin (6) 2-1

13. Oakdale (15) 3-0

14. Fairfield-Vanden (18) 2-0

15. Napa (19) 2-0

16. Manteca (20) 3-0

17. Modesto-Central Catholic (17) 1-1

18. Merced (13) 1-2

19. Rio Linda (21) 3-0

20. Atwater-Buhach Colony (14) 2-1

21. Turlock-Pitman (22) 2-0

22. Elk Grove-Monterey Trail (22) 3-0

23. Sacramento-Inderkum (23) 2-1

24. Modesto (NR) 3-0

25. Sierra (NR) 3-0

  • St. Mary’s hung in there at two-time defending state champion Central Catholic, and quarterback Noah Righetti’s 6-yard bootleg TD in the final minute won the game 18-3. The Rams play at San Francisco-St. Ignatius Saturday at 2 p.m. before returning home to face Los Gatos Sept. 26. Look out for senior linebacker Khalil Hodge, who’s been offered by Sacramento State and is averaging 15 tackles per game.
  • Manteca kept beating up good competition, this team throttling Modesto-Enochs 49-14 at home behind senior Hector Soto’s 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Buffaloes have this week off and open VOL with a monster matchup at Central Catholic Sept. 26.
  • Sierra could no longer be denied, after walloping Ripon, Ceres-Central Valley and Chavez and outscoring them 174-31. Junior tailback Mark Paule Jr. leads the state with 16 touchdowns, the offensive line is stout and the defense is opportunistic and nasty: led by senior linebacker Trevon McCray.
  • Lincoln had been in the Top 25 before this, most recently at No. 23, but slipped out after its second straight loss. However, that loss was to No. 2 Elk Grove, and it was just 29-7 despite an injury to Trojans quarterback Colby Dickson. Lincoln may still prove its one of the section’s 25 best as we head down the stretch

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Male Athlete of the Week: Mark Paule Jr.

Sierra High tailback Mark Paule Jr. (center) is my latest high school Male Athlete of the Week. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Adapting to varsity football isn’t the same for anybody.

It takes some athletes a year just to get settled to the speed and strength around them, and to start flourishing.

But not Mark Paule Jr.

Paule, a Sierra High junior tailback, leads the state with 16 rushing touchdowns and has 660 yards through the Timberwolves’ first three games: routs of Ripon, Ceres-Central Valley and Chavez.

Friday, he had 28 carries for 245 yards (I had him at 30 for 270, I think there may have been some disagreement over screen passes that were behind the line of scrimmage, technically runs), with six touchdowns – his best mark of the season.

What’s even more impressive about Paule is his ability to run between the tackles like a power ‘back, when his 5-foot-7, 155-pound frame makes more sense beating people with speed in open space.

That’s why Paule is my high school Male Athlete of the Week for Sept. 8-14.

HONORABLE MENTION

SEAN HAMILTON (McNair football, Jr.)

Hamilton, like Paule, is a state leader.

After his 10-reception, 257-yard, three-touchdown night in a 51-40 loss at Galt-Liberty Ranch Thursday, Hamilton leads the state of California with 580 receiving yards. He’s averaging 23 yards per catch, and has 25 catches and seven TDs total.

Paule got the slight edge over Hamilton because Sierra won Friday and is 3-0, while McNair is 1-2.

JACOB TALOA (Kimball football, Sr.)

Taloa exploded in Kimball’s first win, a 55-25 crushing of Bear Creek Friday, with 256 rushing yards and four touchdowns, with an 82-yard TD reception from QB Malik Ransom to boot.

He also had an interception for the Jaguars (1-1).

OSAI BROWN (McNair football, Jr.)

Brown, one of the top gunslingers in the state thus far, went 25 of 43 for 450 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Liberty Ranch loss.

His first three varsity games have all featured three passing touchdowns or more, and he’s got 11 of them total to go with his 1,133 passing yards. Brown’s fourth in the state and second in the section in passing yards – everyone trails Folsom’s Jake Browning (1,306). In passing TDs, Brown is second in the section behind Browning.

JOSHUA AVELAR (West soccer, Sr.)

Avelar helped the Wolf Pack open Tri-City Athletic League play in style, in a 3-0 win over St. Mary’s last week.

The senior had an assist on a somersault throw-in, as our correspondent Dave Campbell reported, and scored a goal himself on a direct kick to power West to the win.

NOTE: Athletic directors, coaches and players, please call us with results at 546-8282, send us emails with results to sports@recordnet.com (or me tlawrence@recordnet.com) and send in Athlete of the Week nominations to those same places. I know I’m not seeing as much information as I should, especially from other sports like tennis and water polo, and I hope to so the right athletes can get their due.

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MALE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Sept. 9: Kevin Truax (Lincoln water polo, So.)

Sept. 16: Mark Paule Jr. (Sierra football, Jr.)

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Female Athlete of the Week: Amilya Thompson

Statistics only mean so much when competition isn’t taken into consideration. That’s part of the reason why Amilya Thompson had such a strong week for the Trojans.

Thompson, a sophomore hitter for Lincoln High volleyball, was key in her team’s win over Weston Ranch Tuesday and loss to Granite Bay Thursday.

The sweep over the Cougars was expected — as the Trojans, along with St. Mary’s, are as good as it gets in Stockton — as was the loss on the road. After all, Granite Bay is the defending CIF State Division I champion.

Against Weston Ranch, Thompson poured out 10 kills, eight digs and three aces, and was even more impressive at Granite Bay, with 11 kills, 10 digs and three aces.

That’s why Thompson is my high school Female Athlete of the Week for Sept. 8-14.

Thompson, a sophomore, is teaming with seniors Jay Williams and Makyla Elias to make Lincoln a legitimate contender in the Tri-City Athletic League and a bad matchup for most teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Congratulations, Amilya. Here are this week’s honorable mention, all volleyball selections:

VICTORIA GULLEY (Weston Ranch, Sr.)

Gulley posted 15 kills for the Cougars in a four-set win over Bear Creek on Tuesday. She’s a player to watch not just for Weston Ranch, but in the Valley Oak League.

TAYLOR MILLER (Linden, Sr.)

Miller pounded out 16 kills in Linden’s five-set win over Lodi. Impressive for the Lions, topping a larger school that plays in the TCAL. Linden is 5-1 thus far.

DANIELLE THOMPSON (Chavez, Sr.)

Thompson absolutely dominated in a five-set home win over Lathrop, with 24 kills and four blocks. She pitched in six kills, six blocks and three aces in a four-set win over Excel Academy as well.

MIRANDA DERKSEN (Linden, Sr.)

Derksen posted 14 kills in a five-set win over Galt-Liberty Ranch, another larger school than Linden.

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FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Sept. 9: Jordan Cornwell (St. Mary’s volleyball, Sr.)

Sept. 16: Amilya Thompson (Lincoln volleyball, So.)

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Prep Football Week 3 Schedule

Stagg High football (0-3) hosts Lodi (1-1) Friday at 7:15 p.m. looking for its first win. (CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD)

You need to know where to go Friday night.

Bowling? No. The movies? Please.

It’s football time, let’s be honest.

Here’s a look at the local teams from Stockton, San Joaquin and the Mother Lode, their records and where they’re headed Friday night. For reference, our Game of the Week is Kimball-Tracy, and we’ll have coverage on that matchup and more throughout the week on this blog.

WEEK 3 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

Brookside Christian (1-1) at Sacramento-Capital Christian (3-0), 7 p.m.

Chavez (1-1) at West (2-0), 7 p.m.

Davis (0-2) at Edison (1-1), 7:15 p.m.

Franklin (1-2) at Tokay (2-1) @ the Grape Bowl (Lodi), 7:15 p.m.

Granada (1-2) at Lincoln (1-2), 7:15 p.m.

Kimball (1-1) at Tracy (1-2), 7:15 p.m.

Lodi (1-1) at Stagg (0-3), 7:15 p.m.

Argonaut (0-3) at Denair (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Bear Creek (0-2) at Vallejo (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Calaveras (0-3) at Union Mine (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Colusa (1-2) at Amador (0-3), 7:30 p.m.

East Union (1-1) at Modesto-Gregori (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Galt-Liberty Ranch (1-1) at Escalon (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Livermore Valley Charter Prep (1-2) at Bret Harte (1-2), 7:30 p.m.

McNair (1-2) at Modesto Christian (2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Riverbank (0-3) at Linden (0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Weston Ranch (1-1) vs. Modesto-Grace Davis (3-0) @ Modesto Junior College, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

St. Mary’s (2-0) at San Francisco-St. Ignatius (2-0), 2 p.m.

Vacaville Christian (2-0) at Millennium (1-1) @ Tracy High, 7 p.m.

Roseville-Valley Christian (1-2) at Elliot Christian (1-1) @ Lincoln High (Stockton), 7 p.m.

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