Tracy High Football: Welcome


Tuesday, November 13
VARSITY BANQUET TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27

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Tuesday, November 13
FRESHMAN AWARDS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29

The freshmen will have their awards ceremony and a short highlight movie at 6:30 p.m. in Room D210 November 29.

Saturday, November 10
END OF THE ROAD FOR THE BULLDOGS AND THE 2018 SEASON

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Elias Williams Takes On The Del Oro Defense

 

CIF-SJS Playoffs Round II 1 2 3 4   TOTAL
#8 Tracy Bulldogs (8-3)  0  0    7
#1 Del Oro Golden Eagles (9-1) 15 14     36

On a chilly night in the foothills the Bulldogs concluded their 2018 campaign  

 Photos were taken Friday night by Lyneesa Marks in my absence.



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Logan Fife Launches a Pass In His Final Game as a Junior

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Photos By Lyneesa Marks
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Coach Martin Enjoys a Moment With His Seniors Postgame

Sunday, November 4
HIGHLIGHT VIDEO JUST RELEASED


A 12 minute video showing some behind the scenes action as well as all the key plays from Friday's playoff win can be viewed at THIS LINK.


HOW TO GET PICTURES (click to expand)

Wednesday, August 10
THE RICH HISTORY OF TRACY HIGH FOOTBALL (click to expand)

Saturday, October 27
10 MINUTE VIDEO SUMMARY OF CROSSTOWN CLASSIC

I've produced a 10 minute highlight video of the sights and sounds from Friday's crosstown classic.  You can view it HERE

 



PICTURES OF THE WEEK - CROSSTOWN CLASSIC

In my first Picture of the Week, I found  a better team shot to represent the outcome of the 23rd matchup between West and Tracy.

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In looking back at some old football pictures, I came across a folder where I had attended a Bulldog Football camp held at Tracy High in June of 2010.  Some of the kids seemed to look like players on our rosters now and I had Coach Shrout confirm that.  In the photo below, you see a young Trevor Pope eagerly taking on the bags.    You can view the folder to see if a current Bulldog is in them HERE.

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Trevor Pope Back in 2010 and now in 2018


In this Picture of the Week I capture Angelo Ortega coming in hot to attempt a punt block.  While the picture isn't bad, I could have made it so much better.  I had too large a lens and should have either put on a smaller lens or backed way up before the punt took place.  Also the depth of field is very narrow and is focused on the punters jersey.  Shooting in low light conditions and high shutter speeds limits some flexibility here but I should have tried to make some adjustments before the shot to expand the distance that would have been in focus.


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In this Picture of the Week, the varsity get their "groove" on before kickoff.


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Angelo Ortega Helps The Team Get Their Groove On


Friday night provided some special memories for many Bulldog families.  Here is one for the Pereira family.


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In this photo from halftime, student assistant Lyneesa Marks clicked the shutter at the perfect moment to get hands of the dance team in synchronization.  The dark West High stands in the background also helps to dramatize the picture.


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A Picture of the Week Taken By Lyneesa Marks


When I saw this scene go down at the beginning of the JV game, I knew I had a Picture of the Week and got enjoyment out of watching the Bulldog defense apply some psychological warfare to the West offense.


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Tracy Attempts to Employ Psychological Warfare at the Line


The JV team with freshmen get one last chance to run through the cheerleaders banner.


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I got down on the ground to shoot up into the helmets for a few plays.  On this one, I got Trevion Shadrick-Harris taking a kick return down field and pointing to his ultimate destination.


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The JV cheer liked their jump picture so much last week, we decided to do another one this week.


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Trevor Pope providing a little crosstown affection to a West player.


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Trevor Pope Offers a Hug To a Rival West Player


It was about a year ago that Elias Williams came up to varsity and starting making an impact.  Here he is on Friday night out running the West defense for a Tracy score.


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Coach Shrout had all the seniors come out part of the way on the field for the coin flip Friday night as they particpated in their last Crosstown game.

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One Last Crosstown Game For The Seniors


Lyneesa Marks captures Marti Rhinehart in one of her last cheer performances during a football game.  Fortunately, we have one more home game.


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Marti Rhinehart Airborne


In this Picture of the Week, I was shooting directly into the sun which really challenged me on whether I would get a decent photo.  With some photoshop work behind the scenes I got this to an acceptable level.   The Frosh and JV "Boys of Fall" return to the field one last time for the 2018 season.   See you guys next year!


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In this Picture of the Week, I zoomed in on a JV lineman who is getting squeezed by some West beef.


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"Squeezed"


In this Pic of the Week I capture the JV cheer team finishing up a performance between the 1st and 2nd quarter.  This photo and hundreds more will show up again when I present the cheer "Season In Review" movie at their team banquet in early March.


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In a final picture of the week, I combined several photos I took in sequence of Coby Larson's 46 yard TD reception from Logan Fife early in the 1st quarter.  The photos show it was not an easy catch as West defenders did harass the reception a bit as Coby brought it into his chest at the 10 yard line.


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Coby Larson Hauls In a 46 Yard TD Pass For The 2nd Tracy Score

Sunday, November 4
SPECIAL PICTURES OF THE WEEK SEGMENT - FROM BEGINNING TO END

For this week I wanted to do a special Pics of the Week segment where I tell the story of the first playoff game chronologically through the pictures Lyneesa and I took.


5:30 p.m. Friday in the Team Room

In the first picture, I capture the coaching staff addressing the team just after they have left the locker room and are preparing to take the field for warm ups.   Roll call and some broad strategy are discussed.   On this night Coach Pribble also shares with them his frustration on how unkept they have left their locker room. 

 



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5:30 p.m. Friday - 90 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 5:50 p.m. and Tommy Aguilera is the first Bulldog to step foot on the field on a beautiful early November evening.  The temperature all evening was fantastic for this time of the year.


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70 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:02 p.m. and Lincoln steps foot onto the field.


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58 Minutes Before Kickoff


It's 6:03 p.m. and all the Bulldogs are now on the field so Coach Shrout huddles everyone up to begin stretching and full team drills.


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57 minutes to kickoff


It's 6:17 p.m. and the voice of the Bulldogs Keith Britt has arrived in the press box and is going over his game notes.  


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43 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:25 p.m. and warmups have begun for both teams.  Coach Mike Speer settles in on the sidelines and stares off at the Lincoln team in a moment of quiet reflection.


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35 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:31 p.m. and warmups are in full swing.  Coach Shrout is summoned by the officials for a meeting.  There is informal talk about the season, the playoffs, and what could lie ahead next week and then the refs get into asking questions on whether there are any trick plays to be prepared for, what arm the quarterback throws with, and what foot the kicker uses.  The refs discuss the uniform policy and a few other items they will be watching carefully for during the game.  They also inquire as to who the captains will be for the evening.


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29 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:51 p.m. and the coaching staff has concluded their final pre-game speech to the team to get them motivated.  Captain Angelo Ortega gathers the team for a team prayer and motivation before heading to the fog tunnel.    As I walked around the team at this point doing some videotaping, I gotta tell you, the location of this meeting next to the Porta Potties was not a good idea.  Thats why I took this picture from a distance.


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9 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:54 p.m.  and the team prepares to run on the field one last time at home.  I had wanted to take this shot from straight on, but as I came out on the field with the team, there was already a photographer and a video guy straight on and I would have been blocking their view, so I took a less desirable side angle.


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6 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:55 and the team is now headed to the sidelines.  By the middle of the first quarter I'd say the stands ended up being about 50% full for this November playoff game.


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5 Minutes to Kickoff


It's 6:59 p.m. and the National Anthem is in the final chorus.  "Helmets Up."


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1 Minute to Kickoff


We are about 12 minutes into the game and the Bulldog defense is trying to shut down the opening Lincoln drive.  A fake punt fools them and ultimately the Fighting Zebra's would find the end zone to take an early 7-0 lead.


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5 Minutes In and Lincoln Is Marching Towards a Score


It's 7:16 p.m. and the Bulldogs are on a very long 11 play drive that includes 7 penalties.  I show this photo for two reasons.  1) Logan gave it his all to leap over a Lincoln defender and took a very serious looking spill.  2) I'm so disappointed in my photography at this moment.  It would have been a great shot, one of those top 10 of the season type of shots, and the focus point for that split second was locked in on the jersey of a Lincoln player 5 yards away from Logan.   When I looked down at the viewing monitor on the camera right after the play, I was VERY disappointed.


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7:16 p.m. - Logan Takes a Flip and I Miss A Great Shot


Coach Shrout called it "a drive for the ages."  Coach Pribble at halftime said he had never seen anything like that in his coaching career.  The photo below is the moment the very long first Tracy drive concludes in the end zone with Elias Williams running up the middle for a 7 yard score.  The drive took 8 minutes of actual time had 11 plays and 7 penalites and the game clock had 1 minute: 50 seconds left in the quarter at the time of the touchdown.


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7:18 p.m. - Tracy's First Scoring Drive Results in 6 Points


It's 7:25 p.m. and we are 4 seconds into the 2nd quarter when Logan Fife scores a 9 yard rushing TD to give Tracy a 12-7 lead.  The extra point would make it 13-7.


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7:25 P.M. Tracy Takes The Lead


It's 7:34 p.m. and we are at the 9:45 mark of the 2nd quarter.  You have likely already seen the closeup shot I posted over the weekend of Jordan Matson deflecting this pass to intended for Harry Rounds.  I decided to show the frame before it here to display the great positioning Jordan had in front of the receiver.  Unfortunately, the next play would result in a TD as Tommy Turner laid a perfectly thrown pass just within the fingertips of Rounds who made an incredible one hand catch in the end zone.


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An Early 2nd Quarter Great Defensive Play


It's 8:08 p.m. and halftime as Coach Shrout ditches the head set.  Lyneesa Marks took this photograph.  I made an error in watermarking it.


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Pitch Right. Photo by Lyneesa Marks


It's 8:18 p.m. and Lyneesa Marks is photographing for me on the field while I'm in the team room.  Lyneesa captures the cheer team performing one last time at home.


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Photo by Lyneesa Marks


It's 8:20 p.m. and we have a 20 minute halftime.  While the cheerleaders perform outside, the team is listening to some adjustments the coaches are making inside.  


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8:20 P.M. Middle of Halftime


It's 8:24 p.m. and Lyneesa Marks captures the team returning to the field leading Lincoln 20-14.


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It's 9:08 p.m. and the 4th quarter is just underway.  This is a key play when Harry Rounds turns the corner and scores on Tracy.  It would have brought Lincoln to within 7, but the play was called back.  Shortly thereafter Lincoln punted which then led to the next scene.


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A TD Is Called Back In The 4th Quarter


It's 9:22 p.m. and  Lincoln has punted to Tracy and downed it on the 2 yard line.  Fife hands off to Pope who sweeps around the left side and burns the Lincoln defense for a 98 yard TD and a 14 point lead.


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It's 9:40 p.m. and Tracy assembles to check off the accomplishments of their goals.  Onward to Del Oro and Round II.


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