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Rebels, Jr. Spartans JV advance in DYFL playoffs

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POSTED November 13, 2012 1:03 a.m.

The Delta Rebels junior varsity football squad exacted revenge in its Delta Youth Football League South Conference playoff opener this past Saturday at East Union High.

The Rebels fired on all cylinders in their 27-16 win over crosstown rival Manteca Chargers. It was a big turnaround from their Week-7 showdown on Sept. 29, when the Chargers prevailed, 22-6.

Quarterback Delvon Bradford led the way, throwing for 96 yards and a touchdown to Junior Ballard. Bradford also rushed for 40 yards and TD.

Michael Frisby hit paydirt twice, including a 70-yard kickoff return. Christsopher Contreras was instrumental in keeping drives alive with acrobatic catches.

On defense, Michael Sucher picked off a pass, while Isaac Rosales recovered a fumble Isaiah Sholund and Rosales added several tackles for losses.

The Rebels will meet the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs in the conference championship game at noon this Saturday at Ceres High.

Jr. Spartans 33, N. Stockton 0

The Jr. Spartans of Lathrop are still undefeated following their seventh shutout of the season. They will make their third straight North Conference finals appearance at Stockton’s Lincoln High Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Michael Ramos anchored Lathrop on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he racked up 155 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries. He scored another TD on an interception return while recording seven tackles on defense.

Harvey Cuellar (6 tackles, 2 sacks), Antonio Marquez (5 tackles, interception) and RJ Tisdell (6 tackles, sack) were other defensive standouts for the Jr. Spartans.


Ripon Chiefs are Super Bowl bound
: The Ripon rookies squad punched their ticket to the title game with a 12-6 overtime victory over the Escalon Outlaws Saturday at Modesto’s Downey High.

The East Division champs clinched it when Matthew Padilla hauled in an alley-oop pass from QB Dorian Dougherty. Much like it did all game, the defense sparked Ripon in overtime. Dale Fisher came up with big tackles, and Trendon Arriola intercepted a pass on third down.

The Chiefs did well to stay within range after Escalon scored on its second play from scrimmage with a 50-yard run. Derric Roy tied it at 6-6 in the second half with a 5-yard scamper, which was helped set up by his own 50-yard dash.

Cade McCusker forced and recovered a fumble, Justin Swilley tallied a sack. Nathan Valdez’s 40-yard punt return was Ripon’s special-teams highlight for the day.

The Chiefs will tangle with the Delta Patriots North Saturday at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.

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