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2011 SEASON IN REVIEW

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POSTED August 23, 2012 1:28 a.m.

ZERO WEEK

Enochs overcame five fumbles (two lost), two interceptions and a blocked field goal and scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win, 19-10. It was the first of two heartbreaking non-league defeats for Sierra, which ended upmissing out on the SJS playoffs for the first time since 2007.


In other zero week action:

Ripon Ch. 40, Big Valley Ch. 0 — Ripon Christian kicked off its historic season in a big way, routing Big Valley Christian. It was an early breakout party for sophomore Andrew Brown, who returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for the first of his five touchdowns. He racked up over 300 all-purpose yards. QB Dan Vos added two touchdowns passing and one rushing.

Ripon 28, Ceres 7
— Led by RBs Anthony Baciocco (88 yards, two TDs) and Josh McCreath (93 yards), the Indians plowed their way to over 250 yards rushing to dominate Ceres. QB Kyle Wengel balanced out the offense with 134 yards and two scores.



WEEK 1


Sophomore RB Steven Machado and Orestimba silenced what was announced to be the largest crowd at an EU game in 25 years with a 28-15 victory. Machado rambled for 138 yards, while Dillon Martins hooked up with Ernie Esquivez for two TDs. QB Joe Menzel, the Lancers’ own sophomore standout, threw for two fourth-quarter TDs.


In other Week 1 action:

Manteca 55, Galt 7
— The Buffaloes scored the game’s first 48 points behind QB Alex Martinez’s 246 yards and two TDs on 11-of-14 passing. Manteca more than doubled Galt’s total yards from scrimmage, 503-223.

Sierra 40, Grace Davis 14
— Anthony Cota pounded his way to 210 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries to lead the Timberwolves’ breakthrough offensive effort.

Ripon 42, Linden 28
— QB Kyle Wengel (9-17, 142 yards, three TDs) hit Cole Herrin (eight receptions, 116 yards) for a 28-yard touchdown on fourth-and-15 with 1:37 remaining as Ripon pulled away for the win.

Calaveras 27, Weston Ranch 15
— Oshari Nelson’s 80-yard catch-and-run TD drew the Cougars in, 20-15, but Calaveras iced it with a score with 1:32 left.

Escalon 37, Lathrop 6
— Christian Pena’s 37-yard scamper provided Lathrop, which trailed 10-0 at halftime, its only points against the state’s defending Division-III champion .



WEEK 2

What had the makings of a shootout quickly turned into a battle between stout defenses in Manteca’s 16-6 victory over visiting Edison. The Buffaloes led 13-0 after QB Alex Martinez (15-22, 212 yards) hooked up with Eric Ceja (six receptions, 133 yards) for a 65-yard touchdown. Edison answered on its final drive of the first quarter, but the Manteca defense went on to allow just 132 total yards five first downs.


In other Week 2 action:

Ripon 35, Ripon Christian 7
— Anthony Baccioco scored three of Ripon’s first four TDs in the middle two quarters to help break it open, as the Indians hoisted the Ripon Bowl Rivalry Trophy for a sixth straight year.

Lathrop 27, McClatchy 23
— Leading 27-3, the Spartans held off a wild fourth-quarter rally for their first win. Andrew Aquino accounted for three of Lathrop’s TDs.

Weston Ranch 41, Tokay 25 — Kenny Williams racked up four interceptions, while Tremain Buntan rushed for 100 yards and two insurance scores.

Laguna Creek 40, Sierra 33 — The Timberwolves were held to seven second-half points after leading 26-14 at halftime. Anthony Cota ran for 169 yards and two scores.

Bear Creek 41, East Union 14
— In a game rescheduled because of lightning, Bear Creek plowed its way for 328 rushing yards while picking off four passes on defense.



WEEK 3


Ripon pulled off its most impressive performance in front of a homecoming crowd. Argonaut was supposed to give the Indians all they could handle with their superior size and dominant running game, but it was Ripon that rolled to a 33-19 victory after taking a 26-0 cushion into halftime. Cole Herrin caught nine passes for 148 yards and a TD while picking off two passes on defense.


In other Week 3 action:

Manteca 32, Stagg 12 — The Buffaloes also turned in one of their better outings in Week 3, pummeling the Division-I postseason qualifier with a stellar all-around effort.

Ceres 33, East Union 21
— The defensive struggles continued for EU, which gave up 302 rushing yards to a squad that had scored just 14 points in its previous two contests.

Linden 55, Ripon Christian 31
— Andrew Brown’s 91-yard kickoff return, one of his four TDs on the night, wasn’t enough to overcome Andrew Lewis’ record-setting six-score effort for Linden.

Bear Creek 24, Weston Ranch 0
— The Ranch could not keep Javin Lynch-Perry (135 yards, two TDs) at bay over the final two quarters after the two teams battled to a scoreless first half.

Highlands 22, Lathrop 15
— Kurtis Stamm threw for 312 yards and two TDs to lead Highlands.



WEEK 4


First-year head coach Willie Herrera picked up his first career victory as East Union held off Lathrop in a wild 38-28 victory. Senior Steven Gigli intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown while scoring twice more on rushes. His second rushing TD was set up by his own 93-yard kickoff return that opened the second half.


In other Week 4 action:

Oakdale 45, Sierra 14 — Anthony Cota churned out 103 rushing yards in just over a quarter of play before an arm injury sidelined him for the rest of the game — and nearly the rest of the season. Oakdale took advantage by scoring the final 35 points.

Manteca 41, Kimball 20
— RB/LB Joe Trout scored twice on the ground before punctuating the win with a 66-yard interception return to the end zone with 11 seconds remaining.

Hilmar 49, Ripon 13 — Hilmar scored 36 unanswered points, 26 in the second quarter alone, to end Ripon’s four-game winning streak.

Sonora 34, Weston Ranch 29
— The visiting Cougars almost pulled off a huge victory but was done in by a one-minute stretch in the fourth quarter when Sonora struck for two TDs.

Le Grand 56, Ripon Christian 34 — QB Danny Vos (27 of 39, 240 yards, 3 TDs; 95 rushing yards, TD) had a big game for RC, but Le Grand led 28-7 at halftime and tacked on the rest of its points in the third quarter to put the Knights away.



WEEK 5

Sierra scored 25 unanswered points in the third quarter to break away from East Union 46-12 on homecoming night. QB Anthony Perea (12 of 20, 191 yards, three TDs; 76 rushing yards, two TDs) led the charge for the Timberwolves, who were without standout RB Anthony Cota (broken arm) for the first time.


In other Week 5 action:

Manteca 48, Weston Ranch 14
— For a quarter, the Cougars proved to be a worthy opponent for undefeated Manteca. They were locked in a 14-14 tie before the Buffaloes fired off 34 unanswered points over the final three quarters. A thumb injury to QB Alex Martinez put a damper on the win.

Sonora 49, Lathrop 7
— Austin Plunk hit David Fonseca for a 60-yard TD pass that tied it 7-7 for Lathrop. It was all Sonora from there, as the Wildcats outgained Lathrop 353-26 on the ground.

Mariposa 27, Ripon Christian 7 — The Knights defense put forth a valiant effort against a high-powered offense, but their chances slimmed when Danny Vos went down with what ended up to be a neck stinger.



WEEK 6

With regular starting QB Alex Martinez out with a thumb injury, Manteca went to a punishing ground game to dispatch rival Sierra, 28-7. With Sierra RB Anthony Cota also out (arm), Manteca outgained the Timberwolves 295-35 in rushing yards.


In other Week 6 action:

Weston Ranch 42, East Union 36 — Donnell Simms (18 rushes, 157 yards) scored two of his three TDs in the fourth quarter as the Cougars prevailed in a see-saw affair. T.J. Williams (11 receptions, 199 yards, 4 TDs) starred for EU.

Escalon 31, Ripon 14 — Ripon did well to close in 21-14 after spotting the state’s reigning Division III champion a three-score lead, but Escalon wore down the Indians with their defense (four INTs) and physical ground attack.

Oakdale 63, Lathrop 14
— Elijah Cash hit Ricky Chavez for a 77-yard catch-and-run TD for Lathrop a minute and 25 seconds into the game. Oakdale answered with a 49-7 run for the remainder of the half.

Ripon Christian 58, Denair 13 — The Knights snapped a four-game losing streak in a big way behind RB Andrew Brown’s 263 yards and five TDs (one receiving).



WEEK 7

Manteca held off Sonora 34-32 to keep its perfect record intact. The physical battle came down to the final minutes after the Wildcats capped the final score with a TD. On the 2-point conversion, Manteca LB Joe Trout stuffed QB Dylan Fernandes at the 1-yard line to secure the victory. Danny Gouveia (131 rushing yards, TD) came up big on both sides of scrimmage, forcing two fumbles for turnovers.


In other Week 7 action:

Sierra 27, Kimball 22
— Jayson Manuta (115 yards, 3 TDs) scored a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown with 6:49 to go for Sierra, and Tyler Clark’s QB sack in the closing minutes helped seal it.

Oakdale 50, East Union 14
— Marcus Northcutt set the tone for Oakdale with an 87-yard TD, his first of four scores, and the Mustangs rolled to a 43-0 halftime lead.

Weston Ranch 42, Lathrop 14
— Tremain Buntan (214 rushing yards, 3 TDs) found the end zone twice during a 22-0 third-quarter outburst that put Lathrop away for good.

Ripon 34, Hughson 12
— The Indians bounced back from a two-game losing streak with a balanced effort led by QB Kyle Wengel (177 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Josh McCreath (210 yards, 2 TDs).

Ripon Christian 59, Turlock Christian 6 — RC amassed 33 points in the third quarter, and the defense shut out TC in the second half to continue its march to the postseason.



WEEK 8


Arizona-bound QB Nate Sudfeld connected for 378 yards and four TDs, but Ripon used a balanced effort to stave off Modesto Christian, 40-33. Kyle Wengel hooked up with WR Jake McCreath for three scores, while Josh McCreath (177 yards, TD) and Anthony Baciocco (104 yards, 2 TDs) highlighted the ground attack.


In other Week 8 action:

Manteca 34, Lathrop 18
— The injury-ravaged Buffaloes worked through a slow start and sloppy play to go into their big Week-9 showdown against Oakdale still undefeated.

Kimball 38, East Union 35
— With both starting QBs out, RB Mark Aguilar (85 rushing yards, TD; 70 receiving yards) shined in an all-purpose role in a heartbreaking loss for EU.

Sonora 51, Sierra 37
— Two fourth-quarter interceptions led to 16 unanswered points for Sonora as Sierra let a 37-35 lead, and its playoff hopes, slip away.

Oakdale 51, Weston Ranch 14
— James Simerley found Kenny Williams for two TDs, the first of which kept the Cougars close early on. Oakdale went on a 37-0 run and never looked back.

Ripon Christian 35, Delhi 7
— RC erupted for 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the defense nearly shut out a potent Delhi run game.



WEEK 9

A battle of unbeatens wasn’t much of a battle at The Corral, as Oakdale battered Manteca 49-14 to clinch at least a share of the VOL title. QB Spencer Thomas had a hand in Oakdale’s first three TD plays (two rushing, one passing), and the Mustangs shot out to a 21-0 lead. RB Marcus Hernandez added 204 yards and three TDs for the Mustangs.


In other Week 9 action:

Sierra 38, Lathrop 21
— Anthony Perea threw for 284 yards and four TDs while rushing for one more score as Sierra survived an early scare on homecoming night.

Sonora 54, East Union 17
— East Union trailed just 14-10 after the first quarter before succumbing to a 27-0 second-quarter barrage.

Weston Ranch 33, Kimball 12
— Tremain Buntan bulldozed his way to 158 yards and two TDs as Weston Ranch kept its slim postseason hopes alive.

Ripon Christian 34, Waterford 7
— Danny Vos completed 17 of 24 passes for 290 yards and hit four different receivers for TDs while going 4 for 5 on conversion kicks

Ripon 43, Riverbank 7
— The Indians secured a playoff berth with a near-perfect, all-around effort.



WEEK 10


Sierra and Weston Ranch went into their final regular-season contest with still a chance to sneak into the playoffs. Neither one ended up getting in. Still, it was one heck of a comeback performance for RB Anthony Cota (171 yards, 4 TDs), who missed five previous games with a broken forearm, in a 49-19 victory for Sierra.


In other Week 10 action:

Manteca 35, East Union 14
— The Buffaloes avenged their stunning Week-10 loss from 2011, but it didn’t come easy. EU tacked on 14 straight points to start the second half and tie the score before Manteca’s run game took over. Anthony Hernandez (134 yards, TD) and Cameron Harvey (105 yards, 2 TDs) paced the Buffs.

Lathrop 20, Kimball 0
— Seniors Andrew Aquino (106 rushing yards), Christian Pena (100 rushing yards) and Elijah Cash each scored as the Spartans tallied their first VOL win in school history. QB Cash threw for one TD and rushed in another.

Ripon Christian 62, Gustine 9
— Andrew Brown rambled for 323 yards and five TDs as RC notched its fifth straight victory to qualify for the postseason.

Ripon 41, Orestimba 14 — Ripon got to host its first playoff game since 1993 thanks to this one-sided win. RB Anthony Baciocco (210 rushing yards) and QB Kyle Wengel were each in on three TDs.



PLAYOFFS


Ripon Christian capped its most successful season in school history with its first postseason victory and a wild semifinal defeat on the road. First was a 60-26 win over Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage. RB Andrew Brown amassed 213 rushing yards and five TDs and added 63 yards and another score through the air. QB Danny Vos passed for 141 yards and a TD.

The Knights then travelled to Sacramento to square off with eventual Division VI champion Bradshaw Christian, which won a 61-40 shootout behind L.J. Upshire’s 424 yards and seven TDs. Brown also had himself a big night, rushing for 124 yards and two scores to go with a 95-yard kickoff return to paydirt. He added an interception on defense.


In other postseason action:

Cosumnes Oaks 14, Manteca 0
— Third-seeded Manteca (Division III) could not overcome five costly turnovers in what culminated into its third straight first-round defeat at home. Cosumnes Oaks QB/LB Andrew Williams led the No. 14-seeded visitors from Elk Grove. He scored on a 5-yard run early in the second quarter and threw a 68-yard TD pass to seal it late. He also forced a fumble, recovered one and had a sack on defense.

Livingston 12, Ripon 10
— It came down to fourth-and-4 with 3 minutes remaining. Ripon (Division IV) had a chance to avoid an upset loss with a 35-yard field goal that ended up short of the uprights. Josh McCreath scampered for 113 yards and Ripon’s lone TD, but Livingston otherwise handcuffed the Indians’ balanced attack.

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