In the first game of the season and the first varsity game on the newly-installed turf at Frank Meyer Field on Friday, August 20, the Calaveras High School varsity football team powered its way to a 40-14 victory over visiting McNair of Stockton with a punishing ground attack that accounted for all 322 of its total offensive yards.
Junior Braeden Orlandi was the main beneficiary of a dominant performance by the CHS offensive line, rushing for 181 yards and scoring four touchdowns on 21 carries. Also for Calaveras (1-0), senior Dominic Boitano rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries; and senior Jake Hopper rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Defensively, Hopper and Orlandi shared team-high honors with eight tackles each; senior Travis Byrd had five tackles; Boitano and senior Alberto Molina had four tackles each; senior Ryan Starr and juniors Brayden Brim and Noah Cardenas had three tackles each; and Molina and senior Greg Forrest each recorded a quarterback sack.
Calaveras was scheduled to host Escalon (1-0) at 7 p.m. this Friday, August 27, back at Frank Meyer Field, however that game has been moved due to poor air quality from smoke caused by fires burning throughout the region and will now be played at Escalon High School.
Calaveras 40, McNair 0
On Friday, August 20 in San Andreas, Calaveras opened the season with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, shutting out the visiting Eagles from Stockton at Frank Meyer Field.
Ethan Ayala was a three-way standout for Calaveras, rushing for 58 yards on offense, intercepting a pass on defense and on special teams, he returned a punt 32 yards for a touchdown.
Another standout for Calaveras was Amelio Rodriguez, who led a 256-yard Calaveras ground attack with touchdown runs of 31 yards, 35 yards and 49 yards, and also had a 23-yard touchdown reception.
Also for Calaveras (1-0), Caden Spurr rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown; Ryan McCurdy rushed for 37 yards; Adrian Urbina rushed for 33 yards; Jayden Martinez passed for 27 yards and a touchdown; and Josh Manzo had a two-point conversion catch.