Ricky Lowdermilk focuses on the game. Lowdermilk captured three interceptions in Portola’s win last Friday night. Photo by Shannon Morrow
The Portola High School football team improved its record to 4-4 last Friday night, when the Tigers posted a 41-24 victory over the visiting East Nicolaus Spartans.
The Tigers, relying primarily on their well-honed running game, totaled 296 yards rushing. Zach Martinez led the attack with 20 carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
East Nicolaus was never able to key on Martinez, thanks to Portola’s three other competent ball carriers. Klint Williams earned 74 yards on nine carries, Oscar Romero gained 49 yards on six carries and Ricky Lowdermilk claimed 40 yards on three carries.
Lowdermilk delivered a 36-yard touchdown run for Portola’s opening score, and Romero recorded the Tigers’ next touchdown, also in the first quarter.
Martinez contributed Portola’s next three offensive touchdowns, one in the second quarter and two in the third quarter.