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SUMMERTIME STAMPEDE

Buffaloes wrap up passing schedule vs. tough foe

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SUMMERTIME STAMPEDE

Dewey Uecker, middle, gets help from his Manteca High teammates during Tuesday's passing scrimmage against host Lincoln High of Stockton.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 15, 2009 2:46 a.m.
STOCKTON — Don’t tell Eric Reis and his assistant coaches that the season hasn’t started yet.
With opening kickoff still months away, the Manteca High coaches weren’t shy about voicing their displeasure when something went wrong during the Buffaloes’ last of six passing scrimmages of the summer Tuesday at Lincoln High.

At this point, rust is to be expected.

“What we can’t do is make nine straight great plays on defense and give up the home run,” Reis said. “Offensively we looked sharp but we still have to get our timing down.

“But hey, if we had all the answers right now we wouldn’t have to practice.”

Manteca, coming off an 8-2 season, squared off against three tradition-rich, Division-I programs this summer — Turlock, St. Mary’s, Lincoln — and played each twice.

There were times Tuesday when Lincoln’s speed overwhelmed Manteca, but all in all the Buffaloes more than held their own while making their share of highlights — one being a 40-yard bomb from quarterback Jacob Salas to standout receiver Reggie Bell, who managed to keep a foot in the end zone while falling out of bounds for the score.

“We’re dealing with some great athletes,” Reis said. “And that’s what we wanted to see, we wanted us to get exposed. We don’t want to get the illusion that we’re great and find out during the season we’re not.

“The kids were thrown into the fire this summer that’s for sure.”

While the skill position players have been busy working out the kinks, the big boys are doing their own heavy lifting. During passing games, the linemen stayed home to work out.

On June 19-20, the Buffalo linemen attended the Linemen Inc. camp at the University of the Pacific.

“The linemen showed up well there,” Reis said. “So far, so good. We have a nice nucleus of players and have a chance to be good.”
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