Manteca High’s freshman football team overcame a sloppy start with a dominating second-half effort that culminated into a 35-14 win over visiting Capital Christian’s sophomore squad last Thursday.
The Cougars took advantage of a turnover in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead. Their first TD came on a kickoff return following Manteca’s game-opening touchdown drive that was capped by Tyler Graves’ 5-yard strike to Nate Krebs.
Krebs and the rest of the Buffaloes took over for the remainder of their season opener.
Krebs’ 80-yard touchdown run tied it at 14-all before halftime. Manteca’s first series of the second half spanned 65 yards on 12 plays and was punctuated by Marcus Rivas’ 1-yard TD plunge.
Then Manteca made up for its earlier miscue on special teams. Davaunte Hightower forced Capital’s kick returner to fumble deep in Cougar territory, leading to Rivas’ 4-yard run. And just like that, Manteca was ahead, 28-14.
The Graves-Krebs combination put the game out of reach, as it hooked up for a 24-yard scoring play through the air. Graves also converted all five of his point-after tries.
Manteca dominated all-around over the final two quarters, as the defense didn’t allow Capital Christian to get past its own 40-yard line.
“This was a good way to open up the season with a decisive second-half win over a good Capital Christian JV squad,” Manteca coach Jon Shaefer said. “We came out in the first half and made two mental mistakes, both of which led to touchdowns. That’s to be expected, but it is definitely not acceptable.
“We came out the second half and played a sound two quarters.”
The Buffaloes head to Los Banos this upcoming Thursday.
Sierra 42, Grace Davis 2
Tanner Peterson ran in a touchdown, added another with a 22-yard throw to Manuel DeAvila and was a perfect 6 for 6 on PAT attempts in the Timberwolves’ landslide victory.
Brian Terrell spearheaded a dominating run game, needing just six carries to score twice and rack up 135 yards. He also ran a punt back 32 yards for another touchdown. Anthony Sequeira added 40 rushing yards and a TD.
“Our defense played very well, and our special teams gave us great field position the whole game,” Sierra coach Justin Muschott said. “We still have work to do, especially on the offensive end, but I was pleased with our effort.”
Sierra (2-0) next takes on Argonaut in Jackson.
East Union 57, Orestimba 0
The Pages (1-1) amassed over 300 rushing yards to go with 195 passing while overwhelming their visitors from Newman Thursday.
East Union had many standouts. Alex Martel had five carries go for 100 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Panelo rushed six times for 84 yards and a score and also returned three punts for 83 yards. Grant Yang (7 carries, 52 yards) and receiver Daniel Ramos (3 catches, 66 yards) added one TD apiece.
Quarterback Austin Miller contributed a 45-yard TD run while passing for 195 yards. Bailey Simons was also in on the aerial show, hauling in four passes for 74 yards.
Martell led the defense with six tackles, Armando Herrera recorded a sack and Felix Duenas intercepted a pass.