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Shorthanded Cowboys air it out to soar past Jets

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Shorthanded Cowboys air it out to soar past Jets

Ripon’s Aaron Wood keeps his balance and gets extra yards during the rookie-division Chiefs’ win over Pittsburg Saturday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED October 23, 2012 12:44 a.m.

The varsity squad of the Manteca Cowboys came into last weekend’s NorCal All-American Youth Football League shorthanded at the running back position against the Central Valley Jets.

No matter.

In the 25-18 victory, the Cowboys opted for more of a balanced attack to keep their two ball carriers fresh.

The result of that was Paul Johnson twice finding the end zone. He rushed for 89 yards, scoring on runs of 60 and 14 yards.

Quarterback Angel Sena chipped in by tossing for another TD – he hit Jake Larkin, who had 79 yards in reception, on a 15-yard scoring strike – while tallying 101 yards through the air.

The defense compensated for its lack of depth by making big plays. Included were five sacks, a pair of fumbles, and interception.

Julien Lopez, who was credited with the theft, led the way with five tackles. Joseph Dunham had four tackles and two sacks.

Sena not only had four stops but stripped the ball and returning it for a 55-yard touchdown.

In addition, Johnson and Domingo Vargas, who registered one of the sacks, had three tackles each.

Rookies

Cowboys 14, Jets 13

Presley DeMello’s second TD of the day in the second half accounted for the game winner.

The Cowboys, who sport a perfect 10-0 mark, advanced to the playoff.

Down 13-7 at the break, Manteca opened the third quarter with an onside kick recovered by Jovani Oliva.

Oliva had a first-half TD set up by De Mello’s 40-yard run back.

The Jets took advantage of turnovers and other opportunities while forging an early lead.

For the first time all season, the Cowboys trailed in a game and were forced to battle back.

On defense, DeMello, Daniel Morales, and Romeo Mahan had four tackles each.

Varsity (Cen-Cal)

Jaguars 38, Livingston 8

Seuseu Alofaituli scored two touchdowns while gaining 77 yards on five carries against the Wolves in Cen-Cal Junior Football League NFC Division action.

Marcos Castillo also had a TD, picking up 75 yards on six tries.

Gerson Gomez, in addition, was credited with a 47 yard pass and a TD. Eddie Santos had a 35-yard catch and score.

On defense, Santos and Alofaituli had five and four tackles, respectively. Castillo had two stops and a 45-yard interception return.

Junior varsity (DYFL)

Delta Rebels 26, Ceres 6

The Rebels improved to 7-2 in Delta Youth Football League action thanks in part to quarterback Delvon Bradford’s 3-for-6 passing day for 147 yards.

Of that, Junior Ballard had two catches for 102 yards.

On the ground, Christopher Contreras scored twice while gaining 110 yards. Michael Frisby contributed with two touchdowns.

With the win, Delta moved one step closer to securing a playoff spot.

The Rebels will host the Tracy Cougars in the regular season finale.

Rookies (DYSA)

Chiefs 14, Pittsburg 6

Ripon got the better of the Pittsburg Jr. Pirates in this DYSA NorCal Football clash.

Derric Roy converted a quarterback keeper into a 70-yard scoring run while Beau Dionio responded to Pittsburg’s only TD by returning the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for the score.

Nathan Valdez’s PAT helped give Ripon an early 8-0 lead.

The Pirates came back to trim the deficit, 8-6.

Boogie Barnett recovered an onside kick, and Dionio, Mason Terry, Dale Fisher and Aiden Nilsson had big plays in the first half. Cade McCusker had an interception.

Aaron Wood, who had no less than three tackles, along with Roy, Terry, Fisher, Gunnar Bertsch, Justin Swilley and Trendon Arriola were among the standout defensive players of the Chiefs.

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