The Turlock Christian High School varsity football team came out hungry for their first win of the season Friday night, but was rebuked by Waterford High School, which earned its second victory of the season 28-6.
“We’re thin in numbers, but they still play with everything they’ve got and that’s all we can ask for,” TC head coach Rich Goodwin said.
The TC Eagles are a young team, with nine players on this year’s roster playing in their first season of high school football. On top of that, TC suffered four injuries in last week’s game against Vacaville Christian High School.
Despite this, the Eagles were able to impress with their defense, forcing and recovering five Wildcat fumbles. TC quarterback Liam Jones recovered two of those, and also scored the Eagles’ only touchdown of the night in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter by way of a 16-yard scamper into the endzone.
“We made some really good hits and recovered those fumbles,” Goodwin said.
Despite winning the turnover battle — TC turned the ball over three times — the Eagle offense was unable to get things going on the other side of the ball, amassing 81 yards for the total game.
Waterford, on the other hand, had 360 total yards in the game — 152 of which came from running back Jacob Stout, who had two touchdowns on the night.
“They were gentlemen all the way through,” Goodwin said of Waterford. “We just always want to play with a lot of heart and play to honor the Lord.”
Next week, TC will head to Roseville where they’ll take on Valley Christian High School at 7 p.m.