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Buff sophs top Los Banos
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Manteca Highs Andrew Gardne goes for the pass above Los Banos Jordan Smith during Fridays sophomore game at Guss Schmeidt Field. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The Manteca High sophomore team put together an impressive showing, hanging tough with a talented Los Banos squad before pulling away with a 47-30 win Friday at Manteca High.

Manteca rushed for 373 yards in the contest, getting carries from nine different players with three of the nine rushing for over 40 yards. Premiere running back Hector Soto did the most damage, turning in 168 yards on 17 carries in the win. Soto’s longest carry from scrimmage covered 43 yards.

Manteca put itself in a hole early, but found a way to get things figured out in a hurry.

“We came out flat in the first half without any intensity,” Manteca head coach Sean Hogan said. “And it showed when they scored quickly on their first pass of the game.

“Going into the second half we needed to make some adjustments.”

Dominic Pisano held the reins from the quarterback spot and Nick Lucchetti (four carries, 97 yards) was extremely effective for the Buffaloes’ backfield.

The challenges won’t get any easier for Manteca, as the Stagg Delta Kings pay the Buffaloes a visit Friday.

“Next week will be a definite change of pace, because Stagg brings a spread offense,” Hogan said.