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Chargers succumb to Rebels balanced attack
Delta Rebels junior varsity running back Devin Nunez scoots upfield through the Manteca Chargers defense at East Union High. Saturday. The Rebels won handily, 36-0. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Delta’s runnin’ Rebels did most of their damage on the ground in their 36-0 junior varsity win over Delta Youth Football League rival Manteca Chargers Saturday at East Union High’s Dino Cunial Field.

Devin Nunez led Delta from scrimmage with 93 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for a touchdown and finished with 43 receiving yards.

Josh Sanchez spearheaded the Rebels’ productive ground attack with 109 yards and a score. C.J. Manning added 42 yards and converted three kicks. Bobby Guillen chimed in with a 5-yard touchdown jaunt.

Guillen also recovered two fumbles for Delta’s big-play defense. Chad Ott led the team with four tackles, but his biggest play was an interception return spanning 61 yards for a touchdown.

The South Division’s second-place squad travels to Modesto to square off with the 49ers Saturday.

Cowboys 39, Raptors 0
The Manteca Cowboys (10-0) celebrated Homecoming at Manteca High against Ceres Saturday by racking up their ninth shutout and locking up the National Youth Football League’s No. 1 postseason seed.

Dionocio Samoy (six tackles) highlighted the day with a 63-yard touchdown on a punt return and a pick-six that spanned 54 yards. Nathaniel Arriola (22 run), Alejandro Loaiza (8 run), Jonathan Montoya (37 run) and Nicohlas Lucchetti (29 run) added one touchdown each.

Justin Scoz and Pawl Johnson recorded two sacks each to lead the defense, and Arriola finished with eight tackles.

Wildcats 26, Jaguars 12
 At Sierra High Saturday, Lechi Nkwocha did his part with a 139-yard performance for the Manteca Jaguars, but it wasn’t enough against Los Banos.

Nkwocha rushed in one touchdown, while Mark Paule tacked on the other via a 45-yard interception return.

Raul Uribe paced the defense with seven tackles, while Timmy Brown added four and blocked a conversion kick.

Chiefs 22, Outlaws 20

At Ripon High, the Chiefs earned a Trans Valley Youth Football League postseason berth against rival Escalon. The key play was Jordan Satterlee’s blocked kick in the third quarter as Escalon attempted to tack on two points.

Quarterback Dwight Jackson had a big day, as he tossed a touchdown pass to Trent Murphy to open scoring for Ripon and later punched in the team’s final points with a 15-yard keeper.

His interception and Mark Price’s ensuing 15-yard halfback pass to Jacob Duxbury set up Nicoholas Navarro’s second-quarter TD run. Navarro ended up converting two kicks.

Cody Haines (sack), Joshua Angel (interception) and Mark McPeak (fumble recovery) came up with big plays on the defensive end.


Outlaws 24, Chiefs 8
The Chiefs struggled against undefeated Escalon’s stout defense. Their only score came on Chase DePrue’s 60-yard pass-and-run to Jace McFetridge.


Chargers 45, Rebels 12
Marcus Rivas scored all of his three touchdowns on 9-, 1- and 12-yard scampers in the second quarter, as the Manteca Chargers mounted a 32-6 halftime lead at East Union. Rivas also finished with three conversion runs.

LaDondi Ceaser matched Rivas’ TD totals with three, with his coming from 16, 3 and 14 yards out. Johnny Blackwell added a 6-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter.

Jonathan Shaefer led the defense with two sacks, and Juan Gomez had one of his own as the tandem combined for many other tackles for losses. Scott Teicheira and linemen Devin Gonzalez, Von Richardson, Jacob Marlin and Nathan Noble also played well defensively.

Derek Range scored on a 70-yard kickoff return for the Rebels. Emilio Anaya led the offense with 65 rushing yards and a score. Brian Contreras turned in three sacks and joined Matthew Vanhook and Anthony Rosales as Delta’s tackle leaders with six each.

Elijah Sanchez chipped in five tackles and a sack.

Outlaws 24, Chiefs 22
Luke Navarro grinded out two touchdown runs, Aaron Paschini added his own and Alex Padillo nailed a pair of two-point conversion kicks for the Chiefs.

Navarro’s second scoring sprint went for 75 yards.


Jr. Novice/Rookies

Rebels vs. Chargers
Daron Nourn amassed 265 total yards from scrimmage on offense and recorded six tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack on defense to lead the Delta Chargers.

Kikko Anaya compiled six sacks, while Thomas Cann posted two. Eric Morales added 112 all-purpose yards.

Jaguars vs. Wildcats
Angel Garay and Jaylen Jackson each rushed for over 100 yards to highlight the Jaguars’ day. Garay came up with the biggest play, as he rambled from end to end with a 103-yard TD run.

Vincent Bocanegra, Dominic Rea, Adrian Acuna and Dominic Ybarra were among the defensive standouts for Manteca.

— Jonamar Jacinto