‘Jackets throttle Live Oak in opener


The Williams Yellowjackets’ football team got its season off to a promising start in Live Oak on Friday by trouncing the Lions 49-6.

The Lions were first to strike on Friday, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Yellowjackets scored 49 unanswered points to run away with the non-league victory.

The driving force behind the Yellowjackets’ win was senior running back and safety Miguel Boites, who tied a Northern Section record by scoring all seven of Williams’ touchdowns on Friday. With Williams’ Jorge Rodriguez out with a deep shoulder contusion, Boites saw the majority of the carries for the Yellowjackets. The senior back bounced back from an early fumble to finish with 182 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries.

“Miguel Boites had a great game for us – he had a career game on Friday,” Williams head coach Dan McDonald said, before heaping praise on his offensive line. “I think it was the best offensive line play I’ve seen since I came here in 2006. The kids opened up massive holes for the running backs on Friday night. They’ve been working really hard since day one in wanting to be the backbone of the offense and control the line of scrimmage. They did that, and the big boys deserve some kudos for the way they played this week.”

While he saw the bulk of the work, it wasn’t just Boites who benefited from the Yellowjackets’ stellar offensive line play: Daniel Davalos chipped in 68 yards on six carries and Daniel Davalos added 59 yards on five carries for a Yellowjackets squad that racked up 347 yards on the ground and averaged an impressive 10.5 yards per carry.

Boites’ seventh and final score came in late in the third quarter on the defensive side of the ball, when he grabbed an interception and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown.

“The kids played really well. I was very pleased with the way the kids came out,” McDonald said.

Williams (1-0) travels to Redding this week to take on University Prep (0-1), which is fresh off a 14-12 loss to Trinity.

“They played Trinity to a 14-12 game and lost on Friday, and Trinity is going to be one of the top teams in our division this year – It’s going to be a tough match-up for us on Friday,” McDonald said.

With temperatures forecast to soar up to 113 degrees, the Yellowjackets will have to prepare to battle the heat, as well as the Panthers.

“It’s going to be hot. At this point, my biggest concern is dehydration for our students,” McDonald said.

Kick off is at 5:30 PM for the junior varsity contest, and 7 PM for the varsity game.

McDonald added that he was cautiously optimistic that Jorge Rodriguez would be back in action this week.

“It will be good when we have both (Rodriguez and Boites) back there in the backfield on offense, but we really miss Jorge on defense – he’s our stud tackler,” he said.

County Football Round-Up

Pierce rolls at home against Esparto

Last Friday night, the visiting Esprato Spartans had front row seats to the Dutch Kalfsbeek show.

Pierce’s starting signal caller started his senior season off on the right foot, gouging Esparto by land and by air. As a team, the Bears finished with 548 yards of total offense; Kalfsbeek accounted for 329 of them.

Passing the ball, Kalfsbeek was 6-for-9 with 152 yards and three touchdowns passing. Most of those yards came on a pair of long completions to junior wide-out Victor Martinez, who finished with two catches for 128 yards, one of which was a 93 yard touchdown. David Corona also hauled in a Kalfsbeek touchdown pass on an 18-yard reception.

On the ground, Kalfsbeek added 177 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. Seniors Curtis Vaughn and Oscar Meza each scored a rushing touchdown for Pierce, and finished with 57 and 52 yards rushing, respectively.

Vaughn led the way on defense with eight tackles and an interception. Junior cornerback Ramon Paiz also picked off Esparto quarterback Marcus Corona.

Up next for Pierce (1-0) is a showdown with Hamilton (1-0), a team that steamrolled Biggs 62-28 last week. The Bears will travel to Hamilton City  on Friday. The junior varsity contest kicks off at 5:30 PM, and the varsity game is slated for 7 PM.

Princeton opens season with win against Redding Christian

Leaning heavily on quarterback and reigning league MVP Manuel Espinoza, the Princeton Eagles rumbled into Palo Cedro and emerged victorious – defeating the Redding Christian Lions 38-22.

“It felt great,” head coach Bryan Lex said of the win. “I’m really proud of those kids. They came out and played hard. Both teams made some mistakes – it’s early in the season – but they played with heart. We were out-sized, but they got the job done.”

Espinoza picked up where he left off last year by toting the ball 38 times for 255 yards and four touchdowns rushing, and went 5-of-7 for another 94 yards through the air.

Jonathan Angel added 66 yards rushing on six carries, and caught all five of Espinoza’s passes for 94 yards and a score.

Espinoza, Moses Ramirez, and Javier Romo were among the Eagles’ defensive standouts. Espinoza led Princeton with 13 tackles, Ramirez added nine tackles and recovered a fumble, and Romo had eight tackles playing on the defensive line.

“(Romo) had a heckuva day on the defensive line for us,” said Lex.

Princeton (1-0) travels to Dorris this week to take on Butte Valley (1-0) – a team that upset Princeton in the playoffs last season. Butte Valley trounced Mercy last week, 57-7. Game time is at 6 PM.

Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.