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Princeton 51, Westwood 6
With the Eagle Flock in full effect under the temporary lights at Princeton High, the boys on the field entertained one of the school's largest crowds in recent memory with a 51-6 homecoming victory.
The Colusa Indian Community Council donated lights for the team to use for their homecoming and the 7 p.m. start allowed more parents to attend the event.
Six different players scored touchdowns for Princeton as they kept Westwood winless and improved to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in California-South League standings. It was the Eagles' fifth consecutive victory.
"It was neat, we got to spread the love a little bit as far as playing time, we had several kids score," Eagles coach Bryan Lex said.
Junior running back Oscar Espinoza carried twice for 39 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. He was active on defense and special teams with a 70-yard punt return touchdown, a sack and an interception.
Senior running back Gavino Mitchum had four carries for 24 yards and two touchdowns, and made six tackles on defense.
Luis Angel tallied a team-high 59 yards and scored a touchdown, Kyle Wills ran for 48 yards and a touchdown and Jessie Menzies had 32 yards and a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Lucas Hubbard was a perfect 2 for 2 passing for 64 yards and a touchdown, and led the defense with eight tackles.
Adam McMartin, Jordan Gonzales and Sal Gutierrez each added a sack.
The Eagles travel to Loyalton on Friday to face the Grizzlies (3-5, 3-0) who are coming off a 34-6 loss to Greenville, a team Princeton beat 76-48 two weeks ago.
Pierce 14, Durham 7
With about four minutes left in the game, Durham had a 7-6 lead and the ball on Pierce's 10-yard line.
Then came the fumble, and on a night that had already been marked by homecoming craziness in Arbuckle, a crazy finale ensued.
Jake Voorhees threw a 42-yard touchdown to Oscar Sanchez with 1:20 left as the Bears endured a relentless Durham attack and hit the game's biggest plays when it counted most in a 14-7 Sacramento Valley League win over the Trojans at Gregg LeMaster Field in Arbuckle.
"It was craziness today," Pierce coach Scott Burnum said, "and a big win."
A short time after Pierce recovered the fumble, the Bears faced fourth-and-3 from their own 20. They faked the punt and converted the first down.
Voorhees finished only 5 of 12 for just 64 yards, but he hit Sanchez for what would prove to be the game-winner later in the drive.
It wasn't over yet, however. Durham got the ball back and proceeded to drive it down to around Pierce's 25-yard line, but Adolpho Ramirez, who had a huge game for Pierce, picked off a pass to seal the victory.
Ramirez finished the day with 109 yards rushing on 15 carries and led the defense with 10 tackles and the huge interception.
Saul Mendez scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown for Pierce (5-2 overall, 2-0 SVL), which plays host to Trinity on Friday.
Colusa 43, Esparto 6
The RedHawks averaged nearly 10 yards a carry as they kept Esparto winless in a Mid-Valley League game at home Friday night.
Estevan Frias led Colusa (5-2, 2-0) with 96 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown, and Jose Santana added 62 yards on six carries and scored twice. R.J. Phillips ran for 48 yards and Alex Belmontes scored a touchdown.
Ryan Abele returned from an injury and broke off a 58-yard touchdown run. He finished with three carries for 64 yards.
Garrett Calcagno caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Hunter Mobley, but the RedHawks didn't need to pass often as they took the lead early.
Fernando Amador kicked five PATs and anchored the offensive line and Cesar Buenrostro returned from an injury to lead the team in sacks.
The RedHawks finish with three games on the road, beginning Friday in Quincy.
Hamilton 49, Williams 16
The Braves handed Williams its first Mid-Valley League loss and snapped the Yellowjackets' two-game win streak in Hamilton City.
Hamilton lit up the scoreboard on defense by returning three interceptions for touchdowns.
Damian Garcia scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, Fernando Rodriguez scored a touchdown, and Lewis Davalos ran in a 2-point conversion for Williams (4-3 overall, 1-1 MVL), which travels to East Nicolaus on Friday.
Gridley 41, Colusa 12 (peewees)
A huge game from Eduardo Ambriz provided most of the offense for the Cowboys (1-8, 0-5) in their season-ending loss to the Titans. Ambriz rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns and led the defense with 11 tackles.
Juan Arreguin also played a solid all-around game, rushing for 25 yards and making seven tackles.
Brady Bolley made five tackles, and Thomas Heidrick and Mason Saso added four tackles.
Cowboys 34, Gridley 8 (jr. midgets)
The Cowboys finished off an undefeated run through the Southern Conference-II with a dominant win against Gridley. No statistics were reported for Colusa (8-1, 5-0).
Gridley 38, Cowboys 6 (midgets)
Miguel Boites rushed for 149 yards and scored the Cowboys (1-8, 0-5) only touchdown on a 60-yard scamper but Colusa's season ended with a loss to the Titans.
Wade Townsend passed for 40 yards, all to receiver Joe Diaz, and Manuel Huerta added 15 yards rushing.
Angel Velazquez made a team-high six tackles, Curtis Vaughn and Rudi Gutierrez had five tackles each, and Anthony Bautista intercepted a pass.