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Dominant ‘D’ helps Cowboys overcome offensive mistakes

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POSTED August 14, 2012 12:27 a.m.

Defense and special teams set the tone in the Manteca Cowboys’ NorCal All-American Youth Football League opener against the Keyes Bees at East Union High Saturday.

After fumbling the ball on its opening drive in the red zone, Manteca scored the game’s first points with a safety and followed that up on the ensuing kickoff with a 45-yard touchdown from Pawl Johnson. The Cowboys won, 21-6.

Johnson also scored from scrimmage with an 11-yard touchdown. He led the team with 61 rushing yards. Val Gomez, Miguel Lopez and Carlos Maltez added 51, 50 and 49 rushing yards, respectively, to the ground attack. Gomez also tacked on a touchdown.

The defense nearly recorded a shutout, but a pass interference set up the Bees inside the 10 and helped them produce their only points. Manteca was able to overcome three offensive turnovers because of the dominant defense.

Gomez paced the defense with seven tackles and a sack. Johnson contributed five tackles and two sacks, while Angel Sena and Julian Lopez turned in four tackles apiece.

The varsity Cowboys will return home this upcoming Saturday and face the Central Valley Jets. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.


Junior varsity

Cowboys 56, Bees 0

Manteca has its sights set on a fifth straight Super Bowl appearance, and fourth straight league title, after trouncing the Bees.

Quarterback Harrison Heath threw touchdowns to five different players (Mathew Ender, Seth Owings, Joey Sailing, Devin Young, Le’fonzo Mackson) and ran in three extra points. Kyle Wesley scampered for two scores, while Matthew Pilkay and Anthony Martinez added one each.

On defense, Jake Harries collected eight tackles, Justin Kakala racked up six including one for a safety and Ender forced a fumble and recovered another.



Cowboys 61, Bees 0

Jovani Oliva provided more than enough punch on offense, scoring three touchdowns and three additional points on conversions.

Also finding the end zone in the one-sided barrage were Kimoni Stanley (two TDs), David Kakala (two TDs), Presley Demello (TD, extra point) and Eric Morales (TD, extra point).



Cowboys 43, Bees 7

Manteca had three 100-yard rushers, as Alex Scoz needed just four carries to amass 137 yards and three scores. Virgil Rucker III had five touches go for 106 yards and a TD. Trey Moreland rambled for 101 yards and a TD on three attempts. Cruz Richer contributed a rushing touchdown, and Issac Scoz hit paydirt on a four-yard fumble return.

Eric Barojas finished with nine tackles on defense, Bryant Davis had eight and a sack and Ryan Torres chimed in with seven.

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