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Rookie Cowboys corral big win

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POSTED October 15, 2013 1:40 a.m.

The Manteca Cowboys’ rookie-team traveled out of town and put its perfect record against an out-of-division opponent this past Saturday.

The Cowboys of the DYSA NorCal East Division moved to 8-0 after warding off the Pittsburg Jr. Pirates of the West, 26-25. Also at Pittsburg High, Manteca’s JV bounced back from its first defeat with a 32-6 win.

It appeared to be business as usual for the rookie Cowboys, who entered the contest having given up just 14 points in seven games. Kimoni Stanley set the tone with a long run on their opening drive, and he finished with 15 carries, 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in the deciding conversion point late in the fourth quarter.

Nicco Cedolini and Romeo Mahan combined for a quarterback sack that held stopped the Pirates on fourth-and-goal during the final minute. Cedolini ended up with two sacks, seven tackles and a forced fumble that he recovered.

Quarterback Eric Morales added two pivotal touchdowns and rushed twice for 60 yards. Jayden Tanforan contributed 40 yards on 10 carries along with a conversion point.

Joey Aguirre was the defensive standout with 10 tackles.

Frank Clark, Angelo Lopez and Stanley tallied five stops each. Xavier Mendez each had a sack.

Mathew Pilkay and Andrew Sena led Manteca in every facet of the JV game.

Pilkay passed for 20 yards late in the game, rushed for 50 totally and scored on a 60-yard punt return. He also wrapped up six solo tackles on defense. Sena racked up eight receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the safety recorded four tackles, a forced fumble and an interception return of 40 yards.

Quarterback Manny Rodriguez flung it for 105 yards and two touchdowns and added another score with a 15-yard jaunt. Jordan Doyle scampered for 80 yards and a TD. He also tallied seven tackles and five pass deflections.

Andrew Mount hauled in 40 yards worth of catches and added three extra-point receptions. He led the defense with 11 tackles.

Anthonoy Martinez (7 tackles, sack), Gave Valloton (9 tackles, forced fumble) and Julian Scoz (4 tackles, 3 pass deflections, fumble recovery) were other major contributors on defense.

The Cowboys next host the Tokay Tigers this Saturday at East Union High.

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