The Delta Rebels varsity team did everything it could defensively to stay in the game but score.
"Big, Bad Benfica" earned the respect of its peers and the adoration of an entire soccer community, just not the cup it chased for months.
Two area teams remain in the hunt for Delta Youth Football League titles.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The Manteca Futbol Club will do more than host this weekend's under-9 State Cup championship rounds.
The Manteca Jr. Buffaloes' varsity youth football team opened up Cen-Cal postseason play on Saturday against the Turlock Vikings and eliminated them 38-8.
All four Manteca Cowboys teams are advancing to the second round of the DYSA NorCal playoffs.
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The Manteca Cowboys capped the DYSA NorCal regular-season with three wins at the Lodi Grape Bowl.
The Ripon Chiefs junior varsity football team continued its string of shutouts with a 39-0 victory over Waterford in the opening round of the Mountain Valley Football League playoffs.
The Manteca Junior Buffaloes varsity team sharpened its teeth for this weekend's Battle of the Beasts with a 34-7 win over the Merced Bears.
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Manteca Cowboys president Eddie Lopez spouted all the usual superlatives to describe his opponent following a 41-27 loss on Saturday.
Anna Arriola had a foot in almost half of the Fury onslaught this past Saturday, when the under-19 girls Manteca Area Soccer League squad thumped the Stockton Bulldogs, 10-2.
The Manteca Cowboys' rookie-team traveled out of town and put its perfect record against an out-of-division opponent this past Saturday.
The Ripon Chiefs handed the Hughson Huskies their first loss of the season Saturday with 12 fourth-quarter points for a 28-20 come-from-behind win Saturday in Motherlode Valley Football League action at Ripon High School.
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Kyle Jacklich and Nick Creighton each scored two touchdowns to lead the varsity Ripon Knights over the Salida Steelers 48-8 in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action Saturday at Ripon Christian High School.
Justin Mount made a game-saving interception on the road Saturday to give the varsity Manteca Cowboys a 14-12 win over the Modesto Rams in a battle of the DYSA unbeatens.
The Manteca Jaguars managed only 121 yards of offense in a 22-0 loss to the Modesto Broncos in Cen-Cal action Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity remains undefeated in Delta Youth Football play after a 27-0 win over the Tracy Cougars on Saturday at Dino Cunial Field.
Turlock returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never trailed in a 24-12 varsity Cen-Cal win over the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes at Guss Schmiedt Field on Saturday night.
The Manteca Cowboys varsity racked up 26 first-half points on the way to a 43-0 DYSA win over the host Central Valley Panthers on Saturday in Modesto.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity defeated the Hayward Monarchs 20-7 in Delta Youth Football action.
Two turnovers sealed the fate of the Ripon Chiefs varsity in a 36-22 Motherlode Valley Football League loss to the Calaveras Redskins on Saturday.
The Ripon Knights varsity ended the Central Saints' 40-game Trans-Valley League Youth Football win streak Saturday with a last-second goal-line stand to preserve a 22-20 victory.
Nick Stanley returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a Manteca Cowboys touchdown Saturday to set the tone in a 36-0 DYSA varsity win over the host Lathrop Lions at Bennie Gatto Field.
STOCKTON - Before the engines were fired up for the start of last Saturday's program at the Stockton 99 Speedway, PA announcer Wayne Pierce stood on the track at the start/finish line and told the fans about his former racing rival and good friend Ron Strmiska Sr., who passed away last Wednesday.
In a rematch from the 2013 clash of the unbeatens, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity turned the tables and downed the host Oakdale Stampede 28-24 Saturday in Cen-Cal action.
Teejay Gordon helped East Union's football team make the postseason for the first time in 18 years during his senior season.