It took two second-half comebacks, but the Los Banos High football team extended their streak to eight straight victories over rival Dos Palos in the Westside War on Friday night at Bill Hume Stadium.
Justin Incaprera scored a 1-yard touchdown in overtime to propel the Tigers to a 26-20 win.
Los Banos (1-0) hasn’t lost to Dos Palos since 2010.
“The first half of football you could tell some of our kids hadn’t played varsity football before,” said Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso. “The speed of the game was a little fast for them. Our quarterback was starting his first game. It was a big game.
“In the second half we made some adjustments. Our quarterback relaxed, kids made plays and our offensive line played well.”
The Broncos (0-1) took a 14-0 lead into halftime behind two first-quarter touchdowns. Ronald Johnson broke free for a 35-yard touchdown run and Ryan Ramirez added a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers opened the second half with two touchdowns to tie the game at 14-14 after quarterback Colby Copp scored on a 1-yard run.
The Broncos answered with Johnson scoring his second touchdown on a 2-yard run. Incaprera hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 20-20.
“They made some adjustments in the second half,” said Dos Palos coach Kevin Jones. “They stacked the box and took away our running game. We had a couple let downs in the second half. We didn’t get the same breaks to go our way. It was a good old fashion rivalry game. Both teams fought until the end.
“I’m proud of our kids because we weren’t supposed to be that close.”
Incaprera rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries. Copp completed 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards.
Adrian Antangan led the Tigers defense with 12 tackles and one sack. Patrick Nunes added 10 tackles and Izaiah Flores chipped in with eight tackles and a sack.
Johnson led the Broncos with 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
“I don’t feel like we stole one,” Caropreso said. “I feel like we battled our asses off in the second half and we took advantage of some opportunities.”
Pacheco 48, El Capitan 22 in Los Banos – Panthers receiver Jerry Winters scored three touchdowns as Pacheco routed the Gauchos at Veterans Stadium at Pacheco High.
Winters scored on two sweep running plays and hauled in a one-handed catch in the end zone from quarterback Marcus Ordunez.
Pacheco senior Ronnie Garcia also racked up close to 100 yards rushing and scored a touchdown.
Merced 51, Del Campo 15 in Fair Oaks – The Bears blitzed the Cougars with 22 points in the second quarter to open up a 36-7 lead.
Merced scored 13 points in the final 6 seconds of the first half as Dhameer Warren hooked up with Noah Leal on a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Bears then recovered a muffed kickoff with 5 seconds left on the clock. Junior Garcia then found Xavier Stewart for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give Merced a 36-7 lead at the half.
“We had some big plays at opportune times,” said Bears coach Rob Scheidt. “Our kids got after it. That second quarter was crazy.”
Golden Valley 11, Livermore 6 in Merced – The Cougars scored on their first offensive play of the season as Johnny Peredia found Etrell Bowers for an 80-yard touchdown to give GV an 8-6 lead midway through the first quarter.
The defense made the lead stand as the Cougars added a field goal in the second half to make new coach Rick Martinez a winner in his debut.
Avery Townsel preserved the victory for the Cougars with a big interception late at the Golden Valley 5-yard line to turn away Livermore in the final minutes.
Atwater 49, Merrill West 7 in Tracy – The Falcons also scored on their first offensive play of the season as Charles Jackson burst free for a 60-yard touchdown. Darius Hyde added three touchdowns as Atwater opened with an impressive road win.
Le Grand 27, Livingston 20 in Le Grand – Tony Garcia rushed for 277 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with just over 2 minutes left in the game as the Bulldogs erased a 20-12 deficit in the second half.
Gabriel Maldonado gave the Wolves (0-1) a 20-12 lead in the third quarter with a 23-yard scoop and score fumble recovery.
However, Bubba Lara answered with a 2-yard touchdown run, followed by a Garcia run for a two-point conversion that tied the game at 20-20.
Le Grand used a 10-play drive to march down the field for the go-ahead score. The Bulldogs defense then came up with two big sacks on Livingston’s final drive.
Hilmar 48, Delhi 7 in Delhi – Isaac Sharp picked up where he left off, scoring on his first carry of the season for a 50-yard touchdown. The Yellowjackets were off and running as they opened the season with a lopsided win.
Sharp set up another score later in the first half with 45-yard punt return to the Hawks’ 2-yard line. Two plays later, Justin Rentfro scored a touchdown to extend the lead to 21-0.
Sharp added a second touchdown run and returned an interception for a score to give the Yellowjackets a 35-0 lead.
Stone Ridge Christian 35, Vacaville Christian 12 in Vacaville – Michael Barragan rushed for three touchdowns as the Knights opened the season with a road win.
Other local scores:
Chowchilla 20, Fresno 18
Mariposa 15, Minarets 13.