Manteca High delivered the message Friday, as the team to beat in the Valley Oak League by annihilating Kimball 84-20 before a homecoming crowd at Guss Schmeidt Field.
The offensive output is a modern-day scoring record for the Buffaloes (2-1 VOL, 5-2 overall). The 2013 team amassed 79 in a 71-point win over Weston Ranch.
“Everyone contributed tonight,” said Manteca coach Mark Varnum. “We’re rolling on all cylinders right now — we want to keep that rolling.”
Hard to believe that the game was close for nearly two minutes early on.
Jacob DeJesus scored the first of his four touchdowns, catching a 7-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Ward at the 8:54 mark of the opening quarter. Sophomore call-up Alejandro Tornero converted the extra-point kick, giving the Buffaloes with a 7-0 advantage.
Kimball (2-2, 5-3) answered back on a single play — sophomore quarterback Nicholas Coronado’s play-fake cleared out Darren Jackson, who dashed 75 yards to the end zone on the catch and run.
The Buffaloes responded by scoring 56 unanswered points, including 49 of those by halftime.
Ahead 7-6, the Jaguars missed their conversion try, Manteca quickly responded with DeJesus scoring on a 6-yard run.
The Buffalo defense behind the likes of Garren Genilla, who delivered a pair of first-half sacks, kept Kimball in check.
Aiden Nicolas’ 4-yard touchdown run provided Manteca with a 21-6 first-quarter lead.
The second quarter was all Buffaloes.
DeJesus broke free for a 52-yard touchdown, while Sunny Dozier scored on passes of 31- and 14- yards, teetering the end zone on both catches from Ward.
Dominic Rea came up with the big defensive play, racing into the backfield and stealing a handoff to the running back.
“We worked on that play in practice,” he said of the play that turned into an 18-yard turnover for a score.
A few minutes later, Quincy Robinson followed that up by scooping up a fumble and racing 45 yards to pay dirt.
Manteca went into the half with a 56-6 lead.
DeJesus upped it to 63-6, hauling in Ward’s 21-yard pass in the third.
Kimball finally broke the string on Alonzo Jackson’s 14-yard run.
The Buffaloes closed out their historic scoring night with Leonardo Bonilla’s 1-yard scoring plunge and Victor Martinez’s touchdowns from 1- and 5- yards out.
Ward completed 7 of his 9 passes for 71 yards and four touchdowns.
Trabron Russell led the ground game, rushing for 82 yards on seven carries. DeJesus finished with 72 yards rushing on six carries and 51 yards receiving on five receptions.
The Buffaloes will take on Weston Ranch next week.
Kimball 6 0 14 0 — 20
Manteca 21 35 14 14 — 84
M—Jacob DeJesus 7 from Ryan Ward (Alejandro Tornero kick), 8:54
K—Darren Jackson 75 pass from Nicholas Coronado (kick failed), 8:29
M—DeJesus 6 run (Tornero kick), 6:48
M—Aiden Nicolas 4 run (Tornero kick), 3:10
M—DeJesus 52 run (Tornero kick), 11:50
M—Sunny Dozier 31 pass from Ward (Tornero kick), 10:55
M—Dozier 14 pass from Ward (Tornero kick), 7:12
M—Dominic Rea 18 interception (Tornero kick), 5:30
M—Quincy Robinson 45 fumble return (Tornero kick), 1:09
M—DeJesus 21 pass from Ward (Tornero kick), 7:55
K—Alonzo Jackson 14 run (pass failed), 6:33
M —Leonardo Bonilla 1 run (Tornero kick), 3:39
K—Kaleo Ballungay 9 pass from Coronado (Ballungay pass from Coronado), 1:43
M—Victor Martinez 1 run (run failed), 8:37
M —Martinez 5 run (Jarrod Murphy pass from Sonny Elder), 3:23