From left, coaches James Peterson of Turlock (vs. Freedom), Jeremy Plaa of Downey (at East Union) and Roger Canepa of Central Catholic (vs. Clovis West) have tough opening night tests, but the most intriguing game on Aug. 23, 2019 belongs to Oakdale-Sonora, according to a fan vote.

Los Banos holds off Orestimba, date with No. 1 Colfax awaits Tigers

Joe Cortez
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Los Banos High scored the final 14 points of the contest in a come-from-behind 38-31 victory over Orestimba on Friday night at Carlyle G. Loftin Stadium in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.

With the scored tied 31-31, Justin Incapera ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining that provided the final margin.

"We beat a good football team," said a jubilant Dustin Caropreso, the Tigers head coach. "No, they're better than a good team. That quarterback (Jacob Bettencourt) and receiver (Tyler Vargas), they're special."

Bettencourt entered the postseason with a 65 percent completion percentage, more than 2,500 yards passing and 30 touchdown passes with just 11 interceptions.

Los Banos trailed 31-24 and had entered the red zone when Orestimba intercepted a Tigers pass. But the Warriors couldn't capitalize and fumbled the ball back to Los Banos. Two plays later, Dasani Tate scored on a 10-yard run and Chase Ferreira's extra-point made it 31-31 with seven minutes remaining. Five minutes later, Incapera scored for the final margin.

The No. 8 Tigers will travel next week to take on top-seeded Colfax.