In the third week of the season we saw plenty of outstanding performances. It was the week of the running back as Gustine’s Oliver Perez, Livingston’s Anderson Guzman, Los Banos’ Antonio Lopez and Merced’s Andre Barnett all turned in big games to help their teams pick up victories.
Perez topped 300 yards rushing in the Reds’ 30-24 upset of Hilmar. First-year coach Ronnie LaBry has Gustine off to a 2-0 start. Lopez went over 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Tiers’ 27-7 win over Golden Valley.
Guzman scored four touchdowns for Livingston and Barnett sparked the Bears to their first win of the season with three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Pacheco had three players top 100 yards in its 42-27 win over Sierra of Manteca.
Barnett looks like a running back better equipped to break off big runs once he gets to the second level than he did in the first two weeks. He’s become more comfortable in the offense and he’s looking to make moves on linebackers instead of just putting his head down and charging ahead.
Barnett carried the ball 17 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns, including an 89-yard touchdown run. He also caught three passes for 70 yards as he accounted for 224 yards of total offense in Merced’s 41-27 win over McNair.
The Merced High senior was only used sparingly at running back last season with players like Ulonzo Gilliam, Rayveon Slaton and Paul Scroggins ahead of him on the depth chart. In his third start he’s starting to show what he can do.
Here’s a look at our stat stars from the third week of the season.
Oliver Perez, Gustine: Perez put on a show, rushing for 306 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries for Gustine. The Reds attempted only three passes in the game. Perez weaved his way through the Yellowjackets defense for a 48-yard touchdown run.
Antonio Lopez, Los Banos: The Tigers junior running back continues his torrid start to the season with 246 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Los Banos’ 27-7 win over Golden Valley. Lopez now has 635 rushing yards and nine touchdowns through three games. The Tigers (3-0) will host Dos Palos (1-1) in the Westside War this week.
Anderson Guzman, Livingston: Guzman helped the Wolves improve to 2-1 this season by carrying the ball 18 times for 114 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Le Grand. Guzman now has 359 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Damon Perry, Chowchilla: The Tribe linebacker was all over the field for the Tribe in their 30-12 win over Immanuel. Perry finished with 12 tackles (all solo) and two sacks to spark the defense.
Justin Cantrell, Chowchilla: Perry’s partner at inside linebacker also delivered 10 tackles and an interception. Cantrell also rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown on offense.
Shane Casillas, Stone Ridge Christian: The Knights dominated Riverbank 40-0 last week. Castilla needed just 10 carries to rush for 101 yards and three touchdowns.
Youlas Dickson, Buhach Colony: Entering the week, the Merced/Atwater schools were a combined 0-10. Buhach Colony and Merced finally broke through with wins. The Thunder came back from Clovis with an impressive 28-21 victory over Clovis North. Dickson helped the Thunder defense come up with some big stops with two interceptions on the night.
Alden Dutrey, Mariposa: Dutrey was a force for the Grizzlies defense, recording eight tackles and three sacks in Mariposa’s 35-14 win over Minarets.
Aric Barton, Pacheco: The Panthers quarterback accounted for three touchdowns in the 42-27 win over Sierra. Barton carried the ball eight times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. That’s an impressive 18.25 yards per carry. Barton also tossed one touchdown. Shane Barton (127 rushing yards and two touchdowns) and Ronnie Garcia (117 rushing yards and a touchdown) also had impressive performances as the Panthers racked up 415 yards on the ground.
Colton Weidner, Mariposa: The Grizzlies quarterback attacked Minarets through the air and on the ground. Weidner threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 133 yards.
David Boyce, Stone Ridge Christian: Boyce had a big night for the Knights, recording 11 tackles. Boyce also returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown and picked up a sack.
Leo Kari, Mariposa: Kari hauled in four catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Kari was also busy on special teams, returning four kickoffs for 160 yards, including one return for 50 yards.
This Week’s Schedule
Friday, 7 p.m.
Merced at Madera
Lincoln (Stockton) at Golden Valley
El Capitan at King’s Academy
Buhach Colony at Pacheco
Beyer at Atwater
Dos Palos at Los Banos
Mountain House at Livingston
Linden at Le Grand
Mariposa at Yosemite
Modesto Christian at Gustine
Sonora at Hilmar
Stone Ridge Christian at Denair
Central Valley Christian at Chowchilla