Panthers muzzle Bulldogs

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 29, 2012 

The Pacheco defense imposed its will on Friday in the program's first league win, 41-20 over Ceres at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Pacheco held on a 4th-and goal fullback dive from inches out just before halftime to preserve a 21-13 lead.

Meanwhile, Pacheco put two running backs over 100 yards -- Paul Parks carried 20 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns, and Kalama Kamoku added 132 yards and a pair of scores.

"I feel like this is a big statement. We came out, everybody thought we weren't going to do much. We showed a lot of people what we can do," Pacheco quarterback Jacob Parks said. "It was smashmouth football. Punch it, punch it, punch it. And if they stop us, then we'll make adjustments, but they couldn't stop it, so we just kept pounding it."

Jacob Parks spent most of the night handing off -- he completed two of three passes, one of them a 57-yard touchdown pass to Adam Perez on a deep post route.

Ceres quarterback Blake Hurst kept the Bulldogs in the game before the break, but sat the second half with a shoulder injury after taking a hit on a quarterback keeper.

"I don't necessarily think it changed the course of the game," Ceres coach Bret Durossette said. "Because all they would have done was what their game plan was -- put the ball in somebody's hand and let them run."

Fresh off this historic win, Pacheco will hit the road tonight to take on a Livingston team looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss.

While Pacheco was beating up on Ceres 41-20 for the program's first-ever varsity league win, Livingston watched its hopes for a win over rising-power Central Valley evaporate in the fourth quarter.

"I don't think (Livingston's loss) changes anything," Pacheco coach David Snapp said. "Their best player didn't play, and that game was closer than the score indicates. I think they were fairly evenly matched for three quarters."

The Wolves' leading rusher, Brian Perez (68 carries, 358 yards and five touchdowns) missed the game with an injury and is expected to play against Pacheco. His presence doesn't affect Pacheco's view of the game.

"I'm expecting a good football game. Livingston comes with good reputation," Snapp said. "It's their homecoming. Usually you schedule a team you expect to beat for your homecoming."

Pacheco's game plan for stopping a dangerous Livingston attack reflects what has become a mantra for the Panthers -- "impose our will."

"I think we need to control the football and shut down their running game. Especially if the Perez kid plays," Snapp said. "We need to take the emotion out of the game for them and control the football and hopefully impose our will. That's been one of our themes this year -- make an impression and impose our will."

Pacheco's junior varsity squad came up just short in a 27-26 loss to Ceres.

Trailing 27-20, Pacheco scored on a 19-yard pass with 31 seconds remaining, but fumbled on the two-point conversion attempt going for the win.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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