Team of the Week: Galt High The Warriors ended a 21-game losing streak, stretching over two full seasons, against Kennedy and they did it in high fashion. Galt piled up 355 yards on the ground and its most points (48) since 2010; the team had 93 total last season and 78 the year before. Galt scored more touchdowns against the Cougars (7) than it did through six games in 2012 and is already halfway towards last year’s total (14).
Offensive player of the week: Dylan Welcher, Galt. Welcher had over half of the Warriors’ rushing yards against Kennedy, rumbling for 210 and three touchdowns -- the first scores of his career -- on 16 carries. Last year, the senior was playing wide receiver -– and just about every other position for the Warriors with their thin, injury-riddled roster. Now, he’s one of the poster boys for a potential resurgence.
Defensive player of the week: Garrison King-Halsey, Liberty Ranch. The junior defensive back played a large role in the Hawks’ win over Lathrop, picking off a pair of passes to go with five tackles.
Other stat standouts
Austin Mitchell, Tokay: The senior inside linebacker racked up 12 tackles against El Dorado and returned a critical red zone interception 28 yards.
Trevon Windley, Liberty Ranch: The Hawks’ returning leading rusher piled up 115 yards on the ground and had 111 more receiving. He had a touchdown in each fashion against Lathrop, including the go-ahead scoring reception.
Marcos Ortega, Tokay: A junior safety, Ortega came up with 15 tackles and also recorded a 60-yard kickoff return.
Kelse DePauli-Wiltse, Tokay: The senior quarterback tossed three touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter (to Travis Dart and Allen Ward) to key a rally past El Dorado.
Play of the week: Trevon Windley vs. Lathrop: Just your average response on 3rd-and-17, right? With the Hawks trailing by three early in the third quarter and backed up at their own 18, the senior tailback put together a highlight-reel, go-ahead touchdown. Windley caught a long pass from quarterback Rance Gale at midfield and shed tackles from two defenders, on his way to an 82-yard catch-and-run.
Quotes of the week
“I won’t allow it to. That’s my job, and I won’t allow it to happen. Come back next week and you’ll see a different football team.”
-- Lodi coach Robert Sperling on whether or not Friday’s 68-13 loss to Sheldon could potentially derail a season.
"Football is fun again at our school, and that's big." -- Galt coach J.J. Woodward.
Week 2 storylines
Needing a big-time bounce-back: That’s the theme for Lodi High and Elliot Christian, after suffering blowouts in their openers. There isn’t much time to dwell, as both clubs have tough opponents. The Flames travel to McNair, while the Eagles heads north to face Hiram Johnson, which competes in the Metro League with the likes of Sac High and Burbank. A big focus for both teams will be defense – even against quality opponents in Sheldon and Ripon Christian, giving up over 60 points (which Lodi and Elliot both did) is never pretty. Sperling and Eagles coach Tom Spadafore will also be looking for their first wins.
Tigers coming home: Last year, Tokay High started off with home blowouts of El Dorado and Bear Creek. This time around, the club has had to grind out tough victories on the road -– relying heavily on their defense in both games while the offense got into gear. (Last Friday was a step in the right direction.) The Tigers make their 2013 debut at the Grape Bowl against Weston Ranch, a team which gave them problems in 2012.
Building on momentum: The Warriors and Hawks both picked up big victories last week, the first for both their respective coaches. They don’t want to slow down and the schedule doesn’t get much easier. Another win for Galt may be difficult, as the team is pretty much an underdog from here on out, but staying competitive is will be a big step forward. The next big test against Amador, which routed the Warriors 40-12 last fall. Liberty Ranch, meanwhile, has a challenging rematch with Yuba City (a nine-win, Division II playoff team that beat the Hawks 35-21 last year.)