National recruit Manasse Itete, shown here posing with a shirt, has offers from several major universities. He arrived at Modesto Christian as a basketball prospect, but has blossomed on the football field.

Extra effort: Modesto Christian stays hot with overtime victory vs. El Capitan

Independent Contributor

SALIDA — In an overtime battle with the El Capitan football team, Modesto Christian, a resurgent program under coach Jerry Grimshaw, got the last laugh.

Quarterback Raymond Corral Jr. threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Bernard, giving the Crusaders hope in the overtime period. Following a two-point conversion, Modesto Christian celebrated its 3-0 start.

Elmo Wartson scored a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to bring the Crusaders to a 6-0 lead. Following its first touchdown, Modesto Christian had a successful kick for a 7-0 lead. The Crusaders held that lead until the fourth quarter when Tristan Roberson scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, tying the game 7-7.

In overtime, El Capitan seized the early lead with Andrew Candelaria scoring on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Lauren Davis is a junior at Sierra High School. She is a first year intern Davis loves watching and reporting on sports, with baseball being her main love. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism.