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Buffs prevail in Homecoming rout
Balanced attack on point going into Sierra game
Manteca High running back Robert Ladiges strolls into the end zone for one of his three touchdowns against Weston Ranch on Homecoming night Friday. For additional photos, visit - photo by Photo by CHRIS LEONARD
The game plan went accordingly for Manteca High on Friday.

The Buffaloes entertained the homecoming crowd at Guss Schmiedt Field by displaying a balanced attack against Weston Ranch.

More importantly, Manteca’s impressive 36-0 victory maintained its share of the top spot in the Valley Oak League with crosstown rival Sierra up next back at Guss Schmiedt Field.

“We played consistent football from the opening kickoff,” Buffalo coach Eric Reis said. “We were able to keep the momentum going.”
Manteca (2-0, 5-0) was led by running back Robert Ladiges along with quarterback Matt Burrows. Both reaped the benefits from the steady play of the offensive line.

Burrows had enough time to distribute the ball to his targets, completing seven of nine passes for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Ladiges wove through the Cougar defense, gaining 146 yards on 23 carries and scoring three TDs.

Weston Ranch (0-2, 0-5) had trouble getting untracked.

“Offensively, we couldn’t get it going. Defensively, we couldn’t get it going,” Cougar coach Mike Hale said.

Weston Ranch did find success going to tight end Anthony Nunez, who hauled in four passes from quarterback E.J. Allen for 50 yards. He found success running off slant patterns.

“Anthony has been one of our go-to guys,” Hale added.

The Buffaloes took the opening kickoffs, marching 70 yards on eight plays.

Burrows delivered the big blow, hitting Michael Timmins on a 29-yard scoring strike early in the first quarter.

Manteca orchestrated another scoring drive in its next possession. Nick Gonzales broke loose on a 36-yard run and Timmons had a 29-yard catch, setting up Ladiges’ 2-yard TD run.

And just like that, the Buffaloes held a 14-0 advantage.

Manteca made it 22-0 shortly before the intermission. Ladiges scored on 9-yard run, with the breakdown on the PAT resulting in a two-point conversion.

Ryan Culpepper scooped up the botched snap, completing the toss to Timmins.

Timmins made yet another big catch in the third quarter, setting up Ladiges’ 5-yard touchdown run.

The final blow was delivered in the fourth quarter shortly after Matt Carter’s interception.

From there, it didn’t take long for Burrows to connect with David Farrington on a 45-yard scoring bomb.

Hale, meanwhile, came away impressed by the play of the Buffaloes.

“Manteca is a legit team,” he said.

Reis returned the compliment, saying, “We had a lot of respect for Weston Ranch.”

Winless or not, he made sure his team didn’t take the Cougars for granted.