WATERFORD — Orestimba throttled Waterford in a pivotal Southen League contest on Friday evening, 42-21.
Orestimba put Waterford to the test in the first quarter. Quarterback Jacob Bettencourt got things started with a 68-yard pass to Tyler Vargas to give the Warriors an early 7-0 lead. The combo continued to power through, adding a 48-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 in the final seconds of the quarter.
“It feels amazing to get the win tonight. The last two weeks we haven’t really played to our potential, so it’s nice to come out, have some fun and do our thing,” said Bettencourt, the FrontRowPreps.com player of the game.
Bettencourt finished with six touchdowns and more than 200 passing yards.
“People can expect to see some more Orestimba football wins heading into the end of league," he said.
Orestimba’s confidence continued to grow, according to Bettencourt, who extended his team's lead to 21 after an 18-yard pass to Tyler Fuller.
Waterford responded with is first points in the final seconds of the quarter, as Michael Vivo drove in a 14-yard quarterback keeper to draw Orestimba’s lead to 21-7.
Bettencourt wrapped up the second half with three more touchdowns, including two directed to Vargas, combining for 56 yards. The other was a short 5-yard pass to cap off the Warriors' scoring.
“This was a pivotal win for us, our kids responded and did a great job,” said Orestimba coach Aaron Souza. “It’s a game at a time; anything can happen in high school football. We'll just enjoy this one and gear up for Delhi.”
Orestimba goes back on the road next week with a visit to Delhi, while Waterford (6-2, 3-2) heads to Gustine.
“Unfortunately, penalties and turnovers ended up costing us the game,” said Waterford athletic director Josh Whitfield. “We got two games left and we got to keep things going heading into Gustine.”
This article was written by Hughson senior Conor McGill. Follow him on Twitter @ConorMcGill10.