With four Top 10 finishes, the Sonora Wildcats, Calaveras Redskins, Summerville Bears and Tioga Timberwolves qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Folsom.
Columbia College topped West Hills 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-19) on Friday night in Coalinga.
After a 75-65 loss at the Las Positas Tip-Off Classic on Thursday, the Columbia College Claim Jumpers rebounded in the next two games to win the consolation championship at Livermore.
Columbia beat Gavilan College, of Gilroy, 76-73 and knocked off Richmond’s Contra Costa College 70-58.
By GUY DOSSI
Maggie Beck/Union Democrat. Bret Harte running back Eric Diep is tackled Friday night by Calaveras’ Malachi Stockdale (24) and Emmett Barrett (behind).
For The Union Democrat
The Calaveras Redskins are the undefeated, undisputed champions of the Mother Lode League.
Calaveras clinched the title Friday night at Frank Meyer Field beating crosstown rival Bret Harte 26-7.
“The kids really deserve to be champions,” said Redskins head coach Jason Weatherby, who is enjoying his first outright title. “They have worked since January with this as their primary goal, and I am happy for them.”
|Win or lose, Friday night’s football game against Linden was going to be bittersweet for the Summerville Bears.
Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat. Summerville’s Daniel Kristofic (76), Sam Suggs (middle) and Austin McCready (hidden) tackle Linden’s Eddie Murarik Friday.
The 17-7 outcome at Thorsted Field was not the preferred score for the Bears, but that did not stop Summerville from celebrating all the hard work it put in this season.
Afterwards, for nearly 20 minutes, coaches congratulated players, and Summerville players met with friends, family and teammates as tears slowly dropped down on a few Bears’ faces.
“It was a rough senior night,” said Summerville co-captain Daniel Kristofic. “It’s a gut-wrenching feeling. You dedicate three whole years to this sport, to the team, to your brothers on the field, and there’s never going to be anything like it ever again. I’ll always remember my time here.”
|There was much emotion following Sonora’s season-ending loss to Oakdale on Friday night.
Jesse Jones/ Union Democrat. Sonora’s James Mitchell (above left) and Colton Fredrickson take down Oakdale’s Darus Nelson on Friday at Dunlavy Field.
There was a lot of sadness. But there was also a sense of, “We could have won that football game.”
Sonora out-rushed Oakdale 220-210.
The Wildcat defense intercepted two passes while the offense committed just one turnover.
Sonora did not let the ball hit the turf the entire game for the first time this season while forcing four Mustang fumbles. But, like the score, none of those fumbles bounced the Wildcat way.
Sonora fell 28-21 to Oakdale in the final Valley Oak League clash between the two rivals in front of a packed house at Dunlavy Field.
“We played our hearts out,” said Wildcat senior defensive back Andrew Nessi. “It just didn’t fall our way. This team deserved to win I think. I love everybody on this team, they’re my brothers, and I didn’t want it to end like this.”
The Sonora Wildcats finished their season with a 28-21 loss to the Oakdale Mustangs at Dunlavy Field in the final Valley Oak League clash between the two schools.
The Calaveras Redskins won the outright Mother Lode League championship by defeating the Bret Harte Bullfrogs 26-7. They now prepare for playoffs next week where they will host a first round contest.
The Summerville Bears fell 17-7 to the Linden Lions in the season finale for both teams.
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With 2:46 remaining Friday night at Dunlavy Field, the Sonora Wildcats playoff hopes were flickering.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora defensive lineman Lane Mierop (24) stuffs Kimball runner Rashaad Cooper (22) for a short gain Friday night during the Wildcats’ 21-20 victory at Dunlavy Field.
The Wildcats were clinging to a 21-20 lead, but Kimball had just scored and called timeout to decide its plan of attack.
When the Jaguars returned to the gridiron, the kicker wasn’t among them. The Jaguars were going for 2 and the lead and, maybe, the win.
If there was ever a time the Summerville Bears could have given up, it was Fridaynight at Thorsted Field.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Brendan Brick runs for a big gain on Friday.
Down by 30 points to the Calaveras Redskins late in the third quarter, the Bears did not cave.
“We don’t let anybody get down,” said Bears co-captain Ross Whalen. “Anytime there’s negativity on the team, we turn the page.”
By TAYLOR LUCKIE
The Union Democrat
The Argonaut Mustangs have long been known as one of the most feared football teams in the Mother Lode League behind their power run game. However, after going 4-4 through their first eight games, the Mustangs looked like there might be a chink in their armour and the Bret Harte Bullfrogs planned to capitalize.
Instead, Argonaut stuck to their guns, and their run, and didn’t throw the ball all night on their way to a 42-7 victory over the Bullfrogs.
Behind senior Tyler Love’s team-high 83 yards and four touchdowns, the Mustangs ran their way to a 319 yards. This offensive effort, combined with a strong defensive performance, proved to be too much for the Bullfrogs.