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BATTLE OF TROY

Stockton Trojans stifle Jr. Spartans in JV North final

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BATTLE OF TROY

Logan Ramos of the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity youth football team scores the game’s first touchdown from Justin Manuel on Saturday during the youth football postseason semifinal at Frankl...

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POSTED November 24, 2013 11:57 p.m.

STOCKTON – The Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity team made a respectable run in the Delta Youth Football League playoffs.

On Saturday at Franklin High’s Tom and Kathy Verner Field, Lathrop (9-2) played solid defense but couldn’t muster anymore than its flea-flicker touchdown in the first quarter of their 18-8 loss against the Stockton Trojans. The North Conference champion will take on the winner of the South final between the Tracy Cougars and Dublin Fighting Irisih.

The Jr. Spartans were competitive against an athletic Stockton group, which scored 18 unanswered points after Logan Ramos (3 receptions, 30 yards) registered Lathrop’s first touchdown late in the first quarter on a 12-yard pass from Justin Manuel.

“All in all it was a great, hard-hitting game from my boys,” said the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity head coach Mike Villa. “I couldn’t be more proud to have had the opportunity to coach a great group.”

Lathrop’s Tyler Ortiz finished with a team-high 100 yards rushing on 15 carries.  Ortiz had an excellent game defensively and led the team with tackles during the DYFL’s semifinal, finishing with 10 tackles and one interception.

Jeremiah Robancho finished with 40 yards on seven carries, and he also hauled in five passes for 45 yards. Keannu Linnell (25 yards), Thomas Murphy (5 yards) and Manuel (10 yards) helped compile rushing yardage as well.

Angelo Martinez-Ruiz finished with six tackles and Timothy Gutierrez had five. Isaiah Campero (five tackles) and Davis Raya-Ruiz (five tackles) also contributed for Lathrop, who got shut down offensively during the final 30 minutes of the contest.

“This was an awesome group of boys, and I hope I have taught them not only football skills but more than that — discipline, good sportsmanship, respect and honor,” Villa concluded.  “I’m grateful for my coaching staff this year for all their help and dedication to our team.”

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