It was the first game for the Starts East team. Blake Burke carried the ball into the end zone for the East’s first touchdown of the season during the first half of the game. Caden “Buggy” Lewis caught the two-point conversion. The East boys continued to battle through the game.
Starts West moved the ball effectively all day on strong blocking from AJ Hitch, Shane Neal, Jaxton Funk, Hunter McCombs, Jacob Fucci and Trevor McCurry. The defense was led by Sonny Barajas and Tearryck LaMarque.
Delta Patriots Rookies West quarterback and birthday boy Max Lawrence scored two touchdowns to lead his squad to a 20-0 win over the Rookies East.
West running back Josh Capps notched the opening touchdown. The offensive line was once again led by PJ Davis, bolstered by Mason Hamblin, Cody Oleski, Matthew Weisenberg and Hayden Fordahl. The defense delivered a shutout thanks to the hard hitting of Devon Lance, Nicky Einess, Ethan Eggert and Isiah Farnsworth.
Delta Patriots Junior Varsity West played an all-around solid game, topping the Junior Varsity East 27-6.
West quarterback Ezra Magalei opened the scoring late in the first half on a one-yard dive. The JV East answered immediately with a 65-yard kickoff return for a TD – followed by a 60-yard kickoff return by the JV West’s T.J. Lafayette, which brought the game to 14 to 6 at half.
The JV West pounded the ball in the second half off TDs by running backs Riley Condon and Alex Espinoza. Exceptional plays on offense were made by Keith Hale, Mitchell Cannon, Noah Fanfa and Alex Fratus. The JV West defense featured outstanding plays by Eddie Mason, Michael Evangelho and Dalton Chamberlin.
Delta Patriots Varsity East struck early when cornerback Vincent Gonzales took a 50-yard interception for a touchdown, laying the groundwork for a Varsity East 13-6 victory over Varsity West.
Gonzales scored the East’s second touchdown on a five-yard run late in the first half. The score was set up by a 20-yard pass from Joseph Tolentino to tight end Simba Short.
Fullback Benny Orozco scored the West’s only points on a one-yard dive. West receiver Zackary Peterson pulled down a 29-yard pass from quarterback Alex Hull to set up the score. Peterson and Hull hooked up again for a 32-yard pass in the fourth quarter.
West cornerback Michael Letak was one of his team’s leaders on defense.