Pacheco football chasing a new goal

Sjansen@mercedsun-star.comSeptember 27, 2012 

David Snapp and his Pacheco football team were able to cross off one goal from their checklist last week.

The Panthers celebrated their first conference win in school history with a 41-20 win over Ceres.

Tonight they'll shoot for another goal.

"We've never won a league game on the road," Snapp said. "That's one of our goals. Livingston is a pretty good team. Chris (Lacey) is pretty good at down-playing his chances. We know it's going to be a war."

Pacheco (1-0 Western Athletic Conference, 3-2 overall) will try to continue its successful start at Livingston (0-1, 3-2).

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

It's been a surprising start for the Panthers, who are in their second varsity season with their first class of seniors this season.

Pacheco has turned some heads with wins over Selma, Dos Palos and Ceres. The Panthers have also played tough in losses to Escalon and McNair.

Pacheco has had success with a tough ground game. Sophomore running back Kalama Kamoku has led the way with 613 yards and seven touchdowns. Paul Parks has added 301 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

"It's been awesome," Snapp said. "Beyond my wildest dreams. The kids have really bought into what we've been teaching. This group really is a true definition of a team. Nobody is crying for playing time.

"They do what we ask. It's awesome it's gone the way that is has so fast."

The Panthers face a Wolves team coming off a 42-7 loss to Central Valley.

Livingston was without senior Brian Perez, who is a big part of the Wolves' offense and defense as a running back and linebacker.

"I think he makes a difference, the kid is an outstanding football player," Snapp said. "But they have other guys who scare me too. (Juan Zuniga and Javier Montanez) are very good players. Their quarterback (C.J. Avila) is getting better every week. We have to be prepared for all of them."

With three wins apiece, it's a big game for both team as far as a possible playoff berth. With teams such as Central Catholic, Los Banos and Patterson lurking down the road, wins will be hard to come by in the WAC.

As the new school in Los Banos, Pacheco is trying to build a fan base. Wins will definitely expedite that process.

"It's tough, we like to think of it as us against the world," Snapp said. "The old high school in town, they do a good job with their football program.

"I've tried to tell our kids it's more than just football. The more things we can do to get out in the community the more people will follow us and support us."

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