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Dominique James shows off his fancy footwork in traffic Saturday at Weston Ranch High, where the Starter Weston Ranch Eagles fell to the Modesto Raiders, 14-6


POSTED August 25, 2009 2:32 a.m.

RIVERBANK — Matthew Wilkerson set the tone with a 60-yard touchdown jaunt on the game’s first play from scrimmage, as the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes’ varsity squad rolled to an easy 28-0 season-opening victory over the host Modesto Patriots in Trans Valley League action Saturday at Riverbank Sports Complex.

Wilkerson ended up with 133 yards and two touchdowns, while Hector Soto grinded out 54 yards to go with a score. Michael Hatfield booted two extra-point conversions.

Quarterback Jacob Escobar completed four of five passes, including a touchdown to John Robertson. The offensive line got huge kudos from head coach Shawn Carter, as it didn’t give any negative plays and sacks.

Defensively, Chuck Good racked up four tackles, three of them sacks. Garrett DeVillenueva totaled six stops, and Brandon Dabney and Juan Moreno each picked off a pass.

The Jr. Buffs will next square off with the Central Saints at Central Catholic High in Modesto next Saturday.

Junior varsity
Patriots 21, Jr. Buffaloes 0

The Jr. Buffs struggled offensively, where it was held to under 100 total yards. Patrick Fraley and Alex Martell led the defense with three tackles each. Fraley also turned in a sack, while Martell led the offense with 20 rushing yards on six carries.

Cowboys 40, Redskins 0

Billy Sharmoug collected seven tackles and two sacks to lead the stingy Cowboys defense, which gave up just 35 total yards to the Patterson Redskins Friday at Manteca High.

Mikey Gonzalez needed just five carries to rush for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Gabe Munoz posted 107 and a TD with six attempts. Munoz was a two-way star Saturday, as he led the team with eight tackles.

Quarterback Chris Hocker tossed 75 yards, including a TD strike to Rigo Jauregui. Hocker also ran one in six points.

Other defensive standouts include: Issac McClain (six tackles, sack), Adrian Bennett (sack), Kyle Morris (five tackles, interception) and Mickey Nascimento (four tackles, fumble recovery).

The Cowboys will look to continue their undefeated start to the National Youth Football League season next Saturday when they head to Salida to face the Modesto Titans.

Junior varsity
Cowboys 43, Redskins 0

The 2-0 JV Cowboys had several contributors on both ends of scrimmage. Nathaniel Arriola scored two TDs and an extra point while leading the offensive charge with 76 yards on just three touches. Dionicio Samoy, Nicholas Lucchetti, Jonathan Montoya and Justin Scoz each ran in a score.

On defense, Baily Simons rolled up three sacks, and Zachary Perard recorded a pair. Enrique Rodriguez, Ryan Hoffman and Anthony Ochoa each had five tackles.

Cowboys 28, Redskins 6

Darrin and Devin Young helped the Cowboys even their record to 1-1 with their play on both sides of the ball. Darrin Young carried it seven times for 75 yards and a TD and had six tackles on defense. Devin rambled for 55 yards and a score to go with four tackles and a fumble recovery.

Seuseu Alofatuli was the workhorse, though, as he rushed for 90 yards and two TDs to go with a team-high 13 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Cowboys’ starters completed the sweep with a 33-0 rout.

Knights 12, Gustine 0

Ripon opened the TVL season on a good note, scoring a 70-yard run and not looking back in its blanking of the Redskins.

The Knights added a 15-yard scoring scamper in the second half for insurance.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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