TRACY— The Manteca High Buffaloes opened Valley Oak League Friday with a 45-0 victory at Kimball.
“It’s always good start to open VOL with a win,” said coach Eric Reis.
One of the keys to the game was stopping Jaguar running back Ryan Rivera, who racked up over 500 yards rushing in the preseason.
“Kimball (0-1 VOL, 1-3), overall, is a talented team,” Reis said. “Credit our defense — they did a great job stopping (Rivera, the Jaguars’ 6-3, 220-pound running back).”
Manteca (1-0 VOL, 4-0) had its own high-powered running back in Kameron Beamon, who rushed for a game-high 151 yards on 14 carries and scoring three touchdowns.
“The ground game was big for us, considering how windy it was in Tracy,” Reis added.
Ferrin Manuleleua scored the game’s first touchdown in the first quarter. His short burst coupled with a two-point conversion gave the Buffaloes the early 8-0 advantage.
Manteca built on that lead, scoring twice in second and another touchdown in the third quarter to take a 28-0 lead.
Along the way, Seth Owings, Angel Montoya, and Gino Campiotti each had rushing touchdowns.
On defense, Reis praise the likes of Vince Ferro, Andrew Thomas, and Kyle Reis.
Ferro, at safety, had an interception while Thomas, an outside linebacker, kept constant pressure on the quarterback.
The Buffaloes return to Guss Schmiedt Field next week to face Weston Ranch for homecoming.
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