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‘Big Green’ Buffs bury Cougars on Pink Out Day
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It was Pink Out Day at Guss Schmiedt Field.
The home of the Buffaloes, however, was all green Friday, as Manteca High rolled past Weston Ranch in the Valley Oak League affair, 55-0.
Pink Out, the second-ever in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness, had a goal of raising $2,000 for the American Cancer Society — survivors were recognized prior to kickoff.
Manteca (3-1 VOL, 5-3 overall) were led by Trabron Russell, Jacob DeJesus, Jorge Cedeno and Ryan Ward.
Russell had a game-high 168 yards on 10 carries while scoring a pair of touchdowns.
DeJesus also scored twice on passes of 8 and 11 yards and Cedano hauled four passes for 115 yards including a 41-yard bomb in the second half.
Junior quarterback Ward, who threw three TDs and ran for another, completed 8 of his 12 passes for 135 yards and one pick.
“Our defense did a great job,” said Buffaloes coach Mark Varnum. “Big Green continued to play strong in the second half after our starters went out.”
For Weston Ranch (0-4, 0-8), it was a tough outing.
“This is the VOL — you can’t hide from any team,” Cougars coach Marcelo Zamarripa said.
Outmatched and outmanned, Weston Ranch did its best in battling Manteca, which scored on six of its first seven possessions.
DeJesus got it started, returning a punt to the Cougars 37 at the 9:40 mark of the first quarter.
The Buffaloes ground game advanced the ball to 8, with Ward throwing a strike to DeJesus in the end zone for the early lead.
Manteca had a longer distance to cover on the next go-around thanks to a 56-yard punt by Cougars’ Fletcher Pitts.
No matter. DeJesus had a 31-yard pickup followed by Cedano hauling in a 22-yard pass from Ward.
DeJesus then made a diving grab for a score to help boost the lead, 14-0.
On the Buffaloes’ next possession, Russell slipped and broke tackles, weaving 60 yards to pay dirt for the quick-striking Buffaloes.
Manteca drove deep into Cougars territory but was turned away on Andrew Williams’ interception.
The Buffaloes countered with Garren Genilla coming up with a third-down sack and Isaac Searcy picking off a pass at midfield. Russell struck again, going 48 yards for the TD in second quarter.
Manteca took advantage on another turnover shortly before halftime. Gabe Ramirez’s interception led to a 1-yard scoring run by Alex Gouveia.
Ward later hit Cedano again, with the 36-yard completion setting up Ward’s 2-yard TD run.
At the intermission, the Buffaloes, who led 42-0, had outgained the Cougars in total yards, 325-67.
The Buffaloes closed out the scoring in the third quarter.
Cedano went high up to reel in Ward’s 41-yard pass, while Chris Ortiz made the most of his playing time in the backfield by finding the end zone on a 4-yard run.

W. Ranch 0    0   0   0 — 0
Manteca  21  21  13  0 — 55

First quarter
M — Jacob DeJesus 8 pass from Ryan Ward (Kevin Thornburg kick), 7:41.
M — DeJesus 11 pass from Ward (Thornburg kick), 3:20.
M — Trabron Russell 60 run (Thornburg kick), 2:08.

Second quarter
M — Russell 48 run (Thornburg kick), 6:14.
M — Alex Gouveia 1 run (Thornburg kick), 4:43.
M — Ward 2 run (Thornburg kick), 1:48.

Third quarter
M — Jorge Cedano 41 pass from Ward (kick failed), 9:48.
M — Chris Ortiz 4 run (Thornburg kick), 4:10.