Tracy High Football: PIC OF WEEK
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.
|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.
|70 Minutes to 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|5 Minutes to Kickoff|
It's 6:59 p.m. and the National Anthem is in the final chorus. "Helmets Up."
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
It's 9:40 p.m. and Tracy assembles to check off the accomplishments of their goals. Onward to Del Oro and Round II.
It's 6:02 p.m. and Lincoln steps foot onto the field.
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.
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.
|58 Minutes Before Kickoff|
|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.
In this Picture of the Week, the varsity get their "groove" on before kickoff.
|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.
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.
|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.
|Tracy Attempts to Employ Psychological Warfare at the Line|
The JV team with freshmen get one last chance to run through the cheerleaders banner.
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.
The JV cheer liked their jump picture so much last week, we decided to do another one this week.
Trevor Pope providing a little crosstown affection to a West player.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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!
In this Picture of the Week, I zoomed in on a JV lineman who is getting squeezed by some West beef.
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.
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.
PICTURES OF THE WEEK (and a short video)
|Coby Larson Hauls In a 46 Yard TD Pass For The 2nd Tracy Score|
Lucy the real Bulldog (a sweet dog courtesy of the Cavallaro family) was a great photo opportunity on Friday night. Here she attempts to take a bite out of a football before the team takes the field. Lucy will appear in 1 or 2 more Pictures of the Week later tonight.
I just created a 1+ minute video of my view looking through my camera lens as I photographed the team taking the field. My primary focus was the team, not the dog. I assure you the dog got my attention about 1 minute into the video as I see it appear in my viewfinder headed straight towards me. I tightened up thinking I was about to get bit with no where to move. I kept filming and hoped for the best. View it here.
|Lucy Takes A Bite|
Cheer coach Sheila Soares makes my Picture of the Week list as she gives a hug to a cheerleader after solid performance on Thursday night.
I was worried but this cheerleader didn't seem worried that I might be a little too close to the performance during the Night Rally.
The band and dogpound were great this year at home supporting the team.
Great weather, fall colors, and streets filled with Bulldog fans make this photo one of the top Pictures of the Week!
The lighting was a little dark on this corner of the stadium when I took this picture, but the dresses still look beautiful in this Picture of the Week representing the start of the Night Rally last Wednesday.
One final National Anthem at home makes the Picture of the Week list.
A definite Picture of the Week winner as JV cheer jumps for my camera.
The Senior Class show their love for winning the Most Spirited Class Award for Homecoming.
The team enters what may be the last time in 2018???
Our inflatable Bulldog dips into a 4 point stance for a moment before the varsity game
Two freshmen bulldogs crunch a Lodi flame on Thursday evening.
The dance produce a dynamic performance entertaining the stands that were almost a capacity.
The Senior class gets up close and personal with me at the end of their skit. I really enjoyed the spirit and enthusiasm of the kids on Wednesday night. It made for some great picture taking.
Sunday, October 21
The Powder Puff game is one of my favorite events to photograph each year. In this Pic of the Week, I capture the Juniors about to take the field.
In this next Picture of the Week I was drawn to the sidelines in the 2nd half of the Powder Puff game as I watched Savannah Seals come off the field. She had this very focused stare back towards the game and I just thought this picture turned out really special. I photographed thousands of faces this week and could have put many solo shots up, but I went with this one.
The school at sunset makes for a nice background as Logan Fife warms up in his final home game of 2018.
|Savannah Seals Looks On In The Remaining Moments of the Powder Puff Game|
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I took many group shots during the Powder Puff game, but this one stood out as one I wanted to share during my Pics of the Week.
Lucy returns for her 2nd Picture of the Week as she takes the field as captured by my son who was helping me photograph on Friday.
My son captured this photo of Trevion Shadrick-Harris catching a ball over the middle which helped to set up a TD a few plays later.
In my next Picture of the Week I capture the awkward elegance of the Senior Cheer Team during the Powder Puff game.
In my next Picture of the Week I get a nice sharp photo of the Captains taking the field.
In this next Picture of the Week I capture the JV cheer team performing between quarters of the game.
Sunday, October 14
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
I'll have more throughout the night, but here is the first one showing Tyler Gaudreau during pre-game warmups.
The JV game was lopsided in favor of St. Mary's and the boys were down at halftime, but the JV cheerleaders kept things positive for all four quarters. Here is one of many happy photos I took at halftime.
There are two things I like about this picture. The first is the reaction via the eyes that the player is preparing for another hit or needing to secure the ball. The 2nd is the perfect symmetry in which the St. Mary's helmet is in alignment just behind the Tracy helmet.
230 pound Jason Reyes has his hands full blocking 255 pound Rams lineman Gino Allen.
In this next Picture of the Week I capture a very focused John Palmer.
In this next Picture of the Week, Logan Fife shows he is an escape artist as he would eventually pull away from this tackle attempt and scramble up field. My multi year investment in some high quality camera gear pays off in a picture like this. I'm probably 40-50 yards away and working with marginal high school stadium lighting. To get farily good focus, sharpness, and freezing of the action is a testament to modern cameras.
Tracy did not have many big plays on Friday night, but this was one of them as Trevor Pope barrels downfield and picks up a nice block along the way. You even see Mr. "Black Hat Football" (Richard Estrada who runs a popular high school football blog) in the background.
The St. Mary's baseball facility had stairs which offered this birds eye view of the team at halftime.
Sunday, October 7
PICTURES OF THE WEEK - GAME 7 - LINCOLN
The early evening light was perfect for this close up of Zach Pedigo warming up before Friday's game vs Lincoln. It was worthy of a "Picture of the Week."
The Bulldogs enter their home field for the 2nd to last time and this photo is a Picture of the Week candidate.
I had Lyneesa Marks helping me capture the Senior Night events. In this Picture of the Week, Football team manager Maddy Baker is photographed by Lyneesa.
In this next Picture of the Week I capture a couple of cheerleaders flying during a break between quarters.
In this next Picture of the Week, I capture the JV cheer team dramatically getting into their performance.
In my next Picture of the Week, I captured Isaiah Smith coming out for his senior introduction. Isaiah had one of the most energetic entrances out of all the seniors.
I always try to capture a good team photo at the end of the National Anthem. This one got the nod for a Picture of the Week.
In this next Picture of the Week, I capture Dylan Anderson looking to the sidelines trailing 38-7.
Another senior night moment captured by student photographer Lyneesa Marks as she documents a great family and fan club for senior Trevion Shadrick-Harris.
In this next Picture of the Week, I capture the freshmen line getting ready to attack each other.
Sunday, September 30
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
In the first Picture of the Week from Tokay last Friday, I catch Logan Fife with a little 47-0 smirk on his face at halftime.
|Logan Gives That "47-0" Look At Halftime|
In my next Picture of the Week, I capture Nate Stroup receiving a pass from Logan Fife.
In this next Picture of the Week, JV player Justin Maas-Espinoza is captured charging down the field.
Leading 43-8 at halftime, the JV return feeling pretty good about themselves.
In the next Picture of the Week I was a bit bored pre-game looking for something interesting to photograph when all the way across the field I saw this split second moment between Coach Shrout and Christian Pereira. Thought it made for a good "Pic of the Week."
|Coach Shrout Gives Christian Pereira Some Pre Game Encouragement|
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In the next Picture of the Week, Blake Vollbrecht comes over to celebrate with Elias Williams after a long TD run.
In my next Picture of the Week, I went across the field to the home side to meet up with our cheer team who were stuck in kind of a bad situation for the game. No halftime performance and no real good position to cheer from. They made the best of it for 2.5 hours and had smiles on their faces for this shot.
In this next Picture of the Week I capture a cheerleader capturing some air and trusting her friends below.
Sunday, September 16
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
In my first Picture of the Week, I capture Parker Bonin Getting ready prior to the start of the game. I knew the sky was going to offer some interesting backgrounds in my photos and video if I got low enough and pointed up.
After the youth cheerleaders had their performances at halftime, I noticed one of the young girls hanging out on the sidelines with team manager Maddy Baker. I thought this shot was worthy of a Picture of the Week nod.
In my next Picture of the Week I capture the JV team headed my way as they enter the field. I always hope they will see me, but I've had some very close calls.
In my next Picture of the Week, I was getting ready to exit the classroom where the players and coaches gather for halftime, when I looked down and saw some cool looking gloves. I took a quick photo and thought not too much more of it until I got home and began editing it a bit on the computer. I came up with this as one of my Pics of the Week.
Sunday, September 16
In this next Picture of the Week I was shooting straight towards the linebacker position and got Giovanni Rodriguez wathching the early developments of the play before he moves in to make the tackle.
The Bulldogs were penalized 9 times for 90 yards. By late in the game, there was mounting frustration everytime the flag flew in eyesight of Coach Shrout. Here was one of the moments which of course made my Picture of the Week segment.
The JV Cheer was having fun on Friday night with lots of scoring and there was plenty of filtered daylight out for me to get some good pictures without the harsh sun in their faces. Here is a photo late in the game along with a little special effect to highlight the flyers.
JV Cheer was feeling pretty good at the conclusion of their game on Friday, so they asked for a group picture.
In this next Picture of the Week, Lyneesa Marks who is helping me take photos this year, submitted this shot to me on Saturday after she pulled it off her memory card. I thought it was a nice shot and angle.
In my next Picture of the Week, Freshman quarterback Dylan Anderson appears to be getting held up as a Los Banos defender holds on by a thread. Upon closer review, he just has thin air.
In my next Picture of the Week I capture an excited JV team ready to take the field.
Sunday, September 9
PICTURES OF THE WEEK - GAME 4
In my first Picture of the Week I capture this wide shot showing the play on the field as the sun sets on Game 4. With the days getting shorter, next week's game at home vs Fortuna will likely be the last one where there is any hint of daylight and a sunset during the varsity game.
|Friday Night Lights Fall Football|
In my next Picture of the Week I capture (with the help of some remaining daylight) a nice shot of some players at the end of the National Anthem.
In my next Picture of the Week, I capture Coach Justin Evans getting his point acrosss to some players late in the JV game Friday.
In my next Picture of the Week I capture a JV cheerleader from a distance performing a difficult manueveuer.
I think this next Pic of the Week will make Coach Hall proud as his defense gangs up on a Buffalo rusher.
In this next Picture of the Week I got a shot of the varsity cheer in action. I felt bad for them on Friday: 1) They did not get a chance to perform due to the Manteca Homecoming, and 2) their sideline work had to be done on a dusty track (just like the old Tracy stadium).
In this Picture of the Week I capture the team warming up on a late summer evening.
In this Picture of the Week with a little added special effect, I capture Elias Williams navigating through the Manteca defense.
Monday, September 3
PICTURES OF THE WEEK - GAME 3
|My Pictures of the Week Like This One Will Release at 6 on Sunday|
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In my next Picture of the Week, the JV cheerleaders learned a little bit about having to imrpovise when disaster struck. A last second decision to keep the banner alive was performed just before the players rushed through.
In this Piture of the Week I capture a David vs Goliath type of moment as Tracy's Kyle Silveira goes up against a beefy Turlock Bulldog.
|Pictures of the week Like This One Will Post Monday eve|
In this Pic of the Week I capture the Bulldogs returning to the field feeling pretty good about making the game competitive trailing just 14-10 at that point.
|Kyle Silveira Faces An Uphill Battle|
Sunday, August 26
PICTURES OF THE WEEK - GAME 2
In my first Picture of the Week, I capture Freshman Austin Ho-Sy getting some hydration after a lot of work rushing on the field.
|Returning To The Friday Night Lights|
|Austin Ho-Sy Gets A Water Break|
In this next Picture of the Week I capture the Freshman team in a moment of reflection just moments before kickoff.
In my next Picture of the Week I captured a nice father / son moment when varsity coach Mike Speer had his son with him on the sidelines during warmups. The son was a good sport letting me get close with camera and not getting too shy.
Here is a nice photo of Chase Henderson starting a long run thanks to some good up front blocking.
Amazing what the cheerleaders can do in their routine. Here is some early season perfection I captured in mid air.
In my next Picture of the Week, Trevor Pope allowed me to hover over his head to capture this angle of an intense stretch during the varsity game.
In my next Picture of the Week I capture the JV returning from halftime. Little did they know just how close a game this would be down to the wire.
|Coach Bonin Gives an Intense Stretch to Trevor Pope|
I really like the contrast and the vibrance in this photo of the Dogpound I took on Friday night. It made my list for "Picture of the Week."
In this Picture of the Week, JV defensive coordinator Steve Hall provides some "words of encouragement."
On Friday evening I noticed for the first time that a home that backs up to the practice field at Tracy High had strung some backyard outdoor lights. It made for a nice look while headed to the locker room. I did not realize it at the time I shot this photo, but the lights had an interesting effect in this photo of Bradley Maddox.
|Bradley Maddox and the Patio Lights From 300 yards away|
In this Picture of the Week I capture the offensive line giving some protection to Dylan Anderson as he attempts a pass.
One of my student assistants got this great shot of the dance team performing at halftime.
|The Dance Team In Full Motion|
I really like this Picture of the Week showing the team in unity preparing to take the field. The inflatable mascot is only starting it's 2nd year of service, but makes for a very nice background in the photos.
Sunday, August 19
PICTURES OF THE WEEK - GAME 1
Welcome to my first week of a special Sunday night feature where I review the 1,000+ pictures I took and look for the unique photos that stand out and have special meaning.
My first one was taken a few minutes before the start of the freshman game. I was wondering what kind of thoughts must be going through these freshmen as they stared at their first high school opponent on the other side of the field.
In my 2nd Picture of the Week, I was observing the new cheerleaders as they took the field for the first time. Many were being a bit conservative as you would expect for their first game performing, but a few were getting into it, like this cheerleader who had plenty of energy even though it was well over 90 degrees.
This is one of my favorite pictures from Friday. In this photo I capture speedster Trevor Pope returning a kick and is "locked in" on an approaching defender.
In this next Picture of the Week, I capture the Dogpound having a great time at their first game of 2018. The spirit looks really positive for this year.
In my next Picture of the Week the Bulldogs line up for their first play from scrimmage. Unfortunately things did not go well after this ball was snapped.
In my next Picture of the Week I shift to the varsity for the moment and show the team as they squad up for the first time in preparation for battle. The sunlight coming across the field at that moment was extremely harsh and made for some washed out photographs. I tried my best in post production to clean this up a bit.
In the next Picture of the Week I capture the Bulldogs running onto the field in front of their very spirited fans. There was a good turnout of Tracy fans for this game.
In this next Picture of the Week I capture freshman Tyler Ward taking a hard hit as he makes sure to hold onto the ball.
In this next Picture of the Week, JV cheer shows off their acting skills in the middle of their routine.
In this next Picture of the Week from the freshman game, I capture corner Cody Lammerts lock on visually to his man.
The Tracy Fans came out in force and provided a great atmosphere for the first game of 2018. Let's do it again next Friday.
Bryce Shelton is captured by one of my student photographers showing how prepared he is for Game 1 just before the National Anthem.
In this Picture of the Week, the locker room is focused on Coach Speer for some halftime adjustments.
In this Picture of the Week, Logan Fife finds Elias Williams cutting across the middle.
In my next Picture of the Week, I capture a cheerleader performing in front of the Tracy fans before the sun went down.
I've got two new student assistants assigned from the school helping me this year. I quickly turned my cameras over to Lynessa Marks and Christopher Barron to help me out. In this photo, I believe it was Lynessa who captured this nice action shot of the cheerleaders at halftime.
|Moments Before Their First Battle|
My student assistant Christopher Barron shows good composition skills capturing this sideline shot of some football alum who just graduated.
I believe my camera was in the hands of Lynessa for this Pic of the Week of the team coming back from halftime.
In my next Picture of the Week I capture Coach Mike Speer providing some motivation to his defense.
In this final Picture of the Week, I capture Coach Mauricio Martin getting a nice postgame victory hug from his daughter.
In this next Picture of the Week, I capture Elias Williams working hard to pick up extra yards in a first quarter drive.
|Varsity Cheer In Their First Performance of 2018 On the Field|
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In this Picture of the Week, the varsity defense team up to halt a Manteca ball carrier.