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Rebels varsity, Jr. Spartans JV in conference finals

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Rebels varsity, Jr. Spartans JV in conference finals

Vincent Spruell of the Lathrop Jr. Spartans varsity blocks a S

DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin /

POSTED November 19, 2013 1:30 a.m.

Two area teams remain in the hunt for Delta Youth Football League titles.

On Saturday, the Lathrop Jr. Spartans varsity squad (8-2) was home for a North Conference playoff opener and lost to the Stockton Bengals 19-8 at Bennie Gatto Field. Additional game information was not available as of press time.

Also Saturday, the Delta Rebels varsity avenged its regular-season loss to the Modesto Vikings with a 25-12 victory at Modesto Christian. The Rebels will meet the 10-1 Tracy Jr. Bulldogs for the South Conference championship on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Lathrop will have a representative in the North finals, as the JV team blanked the East Stockton Yellowjackets at Edison High, 16-0. The Jr. Spartans (9-1) take on the undefeated Northwest Stockton Trojans this Saturday at Franklin High.

Rebels varsity

Daemon Duran set the tone for the Manteca-based team by returning the opening kickoff to the Modesto Vikings’ 20-yard line. Moments later, quarterback Walter Acuna zeroed in on Delvon Bradford for a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Acuna-Bradford connection struck again in the second quarter, giving the Rebels a 12-0 halftime lead behind a dominant defensive effort.

The Vikings started the second half with their best drive of the contest and cutting into the Rebels’ lead, 12-6. Delta was quick to answer thanks to another big kickoff return from Duran, who ran this one 70 yards for a touchdown.

Isaiah Sholund, who accumulated nearly 100 rushing yards, iced the victory with a 35-yard scoring scamper with less than two minutes remaining. Modesto ended the game with a Hail Mary touchdown toss.

Jr. Spartans JV

Tyler Ortiz was Lathrop’s workhorse, rushing 11 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Logan Ramos also punched in a TD for good measure.

The rest was left up to the stingy defense led by Jeremiah Robancho’s seven tackles. Justin Manuel added six tackles, and Thomas Murphy chipped in five stops and an interception.

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