Pacheco High quarterback Juwan Epperson made the school’s first homecoming a memorable one, accounting for four touchdowns in a 55-8 win over Livingston on Friday night.
The junior completed 5 of 10 passes for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns (both to receiver Maurice Harden), and ran 7 times for 74 yards and another two touchdowns.
“They blitzed a lot. We kind of expected it, that’s what we practiced against,” Epperson said. “We knew that they were going to do that, and we were very prepared for it.”
Pacheco spread the ball around. Featured back Frank Ginda carried just 6 times for 32 yards, and Carlos Garcia added 4 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown.
“They’re struggling right now. Now is the time to start developing depth, and I felt tonight was the right game to do that,” Pacheco coach David Snapp said. “Livingston plays hard, they just don’t have a lot of weapons right now. You feel bad, but we’re trying to play at a level and expectation no matter who our opponent is. If we got more guys involved, that’s going to make it better for us later in the season.”
Defense and special teams accounted for Pacheco’s other scores. Adam Perez returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Zhavaughn Davis returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Livingston scored on an 82-yard pass from Servando Ambriz to Nick Garcia in the second quarter.
“My hat’s off to Coach Snapp for building a program the right way,” Livingston coach Chris Lacey said about Pacheco’s third-year varsity program. “I don’t think that he cut any corners. He’s done what a lot of people don’t want to do — he took his lumps early and it’s paying off now. To his credit, that’s a really good ball team. They were well composed, they were well coached, and we got beat.”
The two teams are at different ends of the spectrum when it comes to morale – Pacheco (5-2, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) is brimming with confidence with its two losses coming by a total of five points.
“Our kids are buying into it, and you can see it in the way they run around on the field, and the passion they play with, that they don’t want to be the weak link,” Snapp said. “Once you have that in your football program, good things will happen.”
Livingston (1-6, 0-3) is sitting in last in the league.
“When you’re getting beat by 45 points a game, there’s a lot of reason to find doubt,” Lacey said. “That’s a sickness that creeps in that we’ve really got to push out.”