Pacheco faces stiff test in Central Catholic

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 5, 2012 

Tonight, the Panthers dive head-first into the deep end of the Western Athletic Conference pool.

Following Friday's 28-19 win over Livingston, Pacheco football sits tied with Central Catholic atop the WAC standings at 2-0 (both teams are 4-2 overall). And tonight, Pacheco travels to Central Catholic.

"I'm expecting them to do what they usually do -- pound the football and play strong defense," Pacheco coach David Snapp said. "That's kind of what they made their stake on -- their history is power football. Honestly, my kids relish the chance to play against competition like this. It's a good measuring stick for the program."

With a 35-14 win over Los Banos two weeks ago, Central Catholic cemented its position as the league favorite, and didn't let Ceres get close in a 69-7 win last Friday, though Ceres was still without quarterback Blake Hurst.

Tonight will be the first game of the season for Central Catholic running back/linebacker Rey Vega, who sat out the first month of the season after transferring. Vega ran for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns at Davis-Modesto a year ago.

He joins an already established ground game at CC, where Ray Lomas has already amassed 921 yards and 13 scores.

Pacheco hopes to surprise the Raiders by handing Central Catholic some of its own medicine -- a heavy dose of the run game coupled with a fierce run defense.

"We're trying to stay under the radar," Snapp said. "We want teams to find out what Pacheco football is about when they step on the field against us."

Pacheco surprised Livingston with 20 points in the first quarter -- all on runs by quarterback Jacob Parks. His cousin Paul Parks added a 63-yard scamper in the third quarter that put Pacheco up 28-7.

"Paul Parks had almost 200 yards rushing, and Kalama (Kamoku) had almost 100," Snapp said. "Robert Burkart and Julian Kelly did what they always do (on defense). I think we held them to under 2 yards a rush."

The win left Pacheco and Central Catholic tied at 2-0 in the WAC, with Patterson, a 21-20 winner over Central Valley on Saturday, behind at 1-0. Pacheco's schedule finishes with the top four teams in the league.

"I think they're hugely excited. I don't think anyone expected us to be here at this point in our program's history," Snapp said. "And I know the heart and soul of our schedule is coming up in the next four games."

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

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

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