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1970: Buffs top favored Tracy in football, 14-0

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POSTED September 26, 2010 2:50 a.m.
Seventy years ago, on September 19, 1940, Larry Siemering’s fighting Manteca High Buffaloes opened their 1940 grid season in fine style when they squeezed through with a 7-6 win over the Modesto High Panthers at the Modesto Junior College oval. And that slim one-point margin can be credited to Captain Lou Bronzan’s trusty right foot as he accurately toed the pigskin through the uprights after he had tallied from the four-yard stripe a moment before to tie the game. The scores occurred in the second quarter. The entire second half was played rather slowly with Manteca threatening several times only to fumble away its opportunities or get set back by seven penalties. The play of Nick Baturin, diminutive halfback, Al Cardoza at center and tackle Bob Lynch was particularly outstanding during the encounter.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

90 years ago
: September 24, 1920 - The Manteca ball team will play the second game of the post-season series next Sunday at the home grounds. A big game is assured. They lost last Sunday to the Tracy Tigers by a score of 4 to 3. It was one of the best games of the year and was greatly enjoyed by baseball lovers. Manteca played a good game back of Elmer Blodgett, but Lamb for the Tigers was a little too strong for them.

80 years ago: September 25, 1930 - The Manteca High Buffaloes have again donned football suits and are thundering their way toward fitness and victory. Coach Aubrey Laws has mustered together the largest squad the Manteca gridiron has ever presented. Thirty-five eager and enthusiastic boys have answered the call and despite the “greenness” of a great many, are slowly but surely being merged into a fighting team. Many of the boys have had two weeks practice, having fared forth the week previous to the opening of school. The first football practice game of the season played in this city Friday afternoon between the Manteca and Hughson High School teams resulted in a scoreless tie. Coach Laws is rapidly getting his boys into shape and hopes to have a very good team for the opening of the league games on October 17, when Manteca meets Turlock High at the later place.

70 years ago
: September 26, 1940 - Last Sunday, Manager Harold Garvine took his Manteca Merchants to Standard City and came back on the short end of both games of a double-header. In the first game, the local nine lost out in the final frame after coming from behind in their half of the same inning to tally six runs and forge a one-run lead. A bad decision at first base (on behalf of a home-town ump) caused the localites to lose out. The final score was 9-8. In the second game, the Merchants were once again victims of fate. They started off at a fast  clip and held a 5 to 2 lead until the final three innings when their infield went to pieces, committing numerous miscues, and enabling the Pickerings to win out 6 to 5.  

60 years ago
: September 22, 1950 - Manteca High tabbed the Hayward High Farmers with a 12-6 defeat Friday night and also extended their string of victories to nine. The Buffaloes took the game on two quick tallies in the third quarter to overcome a 6-0 Farmer lead. Quarterback Ray Dellavecchia flipped a four-yard pass to Keith Grieve in the end zone to tie the score. On the first play of the ensuing kickoff, Grieve recovered a Hayward fumble at the 15. Dellavecchia then chucked another pass to Grieve, who stepped over the goal line. Both conversion attempts were blocked.

50 years ago: September 26, 1960 - A Turlock High team that figured to be a lamb in the running department turned tiger Friday night and romped off with a 13-6 win over Manteca High. The Bulldogs ran at will, piling up 274 yards on the ground. Trailing 13-0, the Buffaloes closed the gap in the fourth period on a razzle-dazzle play that saw Tim Brumley throw to John Holbrook, who in turn threw to John Zimmerman in the end zone. The TD made it 13-6, but Holbrook’s try for the extra point failed.

40 years ago
: September 23, 1970 - Jack Mendosa and Steve Kalin scored touchdowns and Joey Jacobs ran for a two-point conversion as Manteca High completely dominated the highly-favored Tracy High Bulldogs by a 14-0 score last Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. The win over Tracy marked the first time since 1963 that Manteca High had opened their season with a win.

Sporting a bruising ground game, coupled with an extremely potent defense when it counted, the Granada High Matadors downed the determined East Union High Lancers 21-6 in the season-opening contest for both schools last Saturday night. The Lancers’ lone score came late in the third quarter when Chuck Dimas, filling in for injured quarterback Marty Buck, rifled the pigskin to shifty tailback Mike Buck. The 145-pound senior scrambled 58 yards to score.

Manteca and East Union Highs opened their 1970-71 intra-city rivalry last week when the Buffalo and Lancer cross-country teams met head-on at Schmiedt Field with the host school taking the competition 22-36. The highly anticipated duel between the Buff’s Nick Rodriguez and East Union’s Al DuBois never materialized as Rodriguez ran away from the field to win.
30 years ago: September 27, 1980 - Broni Steves and Debbie Drury collected victories in all three of their matches to pace the Manteca High tennis squad to an easy 12-3 win over Livingston High yesterday afternoon on the Livingston courts. The team victory boosted the Lady Buffs’ VOL record to 4-0. MHS finished in the cellar last season.

The East Union High tennis team captured a 9.5-5.5 victory over Oakdale High yesterday afternoon in Oakdale. Sherri Reynolds and Sherrie Massengill paced the local squad with wins in all three of their matches. The win boosted Coach Carl Bosque’s team to 2-3 in VOL action and was the Lady Lancers’ second consecutive triumph.

James Mackey dazzled the crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field Friday night as the junior tailback terrorized the Sonora High defense for 178 rushing yards to lead the East Union High footballers to a 17-8 victory over Sonora High in the VOL opener for both teams. Mackey also tossed a 25-yard touchown pass to tight end Fred Ulep as the Lancers exploded for 17 second-quarter points. Lance Miller tossed a 31-yard scoring pass earlier to John Payan. Chris Del Prato kicked two extra points and a 32-yard field goal for EU.

East Union High’s cross-country squad fell to its third straight loss last Thursday afternoon as the Bret Harte High team dumped the Lancers 19-36 in Angels Camp. Two top runners on Coach Dave Soeth’s squad were plagued with injuries. William Windham was slowed with a hip injury and Julie Johnson, EU’s top woman runner, twisted her ankle.

After suffering through two straight non-league losses, Manteca High finally got into the win column last Friday evening in Los Banos by topping the Tigers 14-9 in the VOL opener for both schools. Buffalo defender Ray Costa intercepted an intended Los Banos TD pass to preserve the victory with just 20 seconds showing on the clock. Manuel Sequeira ran a Los Banos fumble in for a 22-yard score and Pat Schimke scored from two yards out. Randy Neto kicked both extra points. Schimke gained 102 yards on 18 carries.
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