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Manteca’s Elijah Cooper gets caught by East Union’s Victor Lopez in Friday’s sophomore game at Guss Schmeidt Field.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED November 6, 2011 12:14 a.m.

The Manteca Buffaloes sophomore football team had one objective when they came into their season-ending contest with the East Union Lancers. Handling the Lancers 30-19 completed the objective and earned Manteca a piece of the Valley Oak League title.

Manteca and Sierra High both held inside tracks to the coveted VOL title in the season finale, and both clubs were able to come away with victories, securing portions of the title for both programs. Sierra closed out its campaign with a 50-20 win over Weston Ranch.

“What a feeling it is to win another championship with these kids,” Manteca head coach Adam Liel said. “This is a special group and they have a very bright future over the next two years.”

The Buffaloes (6-1 VOL, 9-1 overall) got on the board in the first quarter on a three yard scoring run from Michael Gonzalez. Teammate Matt Wilkerson returned an interception 20 yards for Manteca’s second score and Wilkerson also pushed across the two-point PAT.

Buddy Reeder made a touchdown strike to Alex Garletts and Brandon Dabney would add the Buffaloes final score on an eight-yard-run.

Gonzales led the Buffaloes’ rushing attack with 88 yards on 21 carries, while both Wilkerson and Alex Laurel recorded interceptions for the defense.

“We have come a long way from where we started in June,” Liel said. “They worked hard to get to where they’re at with two championships in two years.”

Sierra 50, Weston Ranch 20

Sierra (6-1, 9-1) did all that they could do to close out the season as VOL champions, yet its 50-20 blowout win over Weston Ranch Friday was only good for a hard-fought half of the league title which it will share with Manteca.

The Timberwolves got another standout performance from Jake Pruit wh tossed four touchdown passes including three to Dakota Connors. Teamamte Bryson Sanders also hauled in a score for the Timberwolves.

Jonathon Montoya got loose for a 92 yard score and Keano Calderon, Reid Maestas and Aaron Thiel all scored rushing touchdowns.

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