September 30, 2009 > Dogged at home: Huskies fall to Tracy
Dogged at home: Huskies fall to Tracy
By Jeff Weisinger
Photos By Mike Heightchew
The Washington Huskies football team lost their second home game of the season on Thursday night, Sept. 24, this time to the Tracy Bulldogs 42-21.
"Honestly, they took it to us," said Huskies Head Coach Ken Wittmer. "They pretty much controlled the game.
The loss puts the Huskies at .500 (2-2) going into their bye week before their conference opener against American High on October 9. Tracy (3-0) continues their undefeated start, improving to 3-0 with the win with two games left before their conference play starts on October 16.
Washington's two losses of the season have been by 21-plus points, while Tracy has scored 27-plus points in each of their three wins.
The Huskies took a 21-14 lead at halftime thanks to three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) by quarterback David Ross, including a two yard touchdown pass to tight end Cedric Lousi with five seconds left in the half.
"We made too many mistakes in the first half," said Tracy Head Coach Mark Stroup.
"We just wanted to keep doing what we were doing in the first half," Ross said. "But we came out flat. We didn't execute."
Ross would leave the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a lower body injury after converting a fourth and one with 10 minutes left in the game.
The Bulldogs fought back in the second half with four unanswered touchdowns of their own, outscoring the Huskies 28-0 in the second half.
"I thought in the second half we played a much cleaner half and it showed in the score," Stroup mentioned.
Tracy also took advantage of Washington's miscues, especially a failed fake punt attempt by punter Josh Wilson, which gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Huskies' 20-yard line.
"We kind of wanted to (run the fake punt), but there was supposed to be a certain look and we didn't get it," Wittmer explained.
Tracy scored a few plays later on a nine-yard run by Casey Wichman, his second rushing touchdown of the game, to put the Bulldogs up 41-21 before completing the extra point to go up 42-21 in the fourth quarter.
"It's a nice win," Stroup added. "It's nice to come over the hill and beat someone from here who's highly talented. We've beaten some good teams in the preseason. It's not like we beat some patsies."