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

Joe Cortez

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.