The Manteca sophomores secured a second-place Valley Oak League finish Friday with a 22-6 win over host East Union at Dino Cunial Field and in doing so avenged the second of two losses they endured as freshmen with the first coming in non-league play against Buhach Colony of Atwater.
The Buffaloes jumped out quickly with two first-quarter touchdowns in a 90-second span – first Jorge Cedano scored on a 1-yard plunge and then Angel Garay returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown. Kyle Lynch pulled in a 66-yard touchdown pass from Cedano in the second period to give Manteca an 18-0 halftime lead.
Trinidad Diaz scored on a 1-yard run for the Lancers in the third quarter.
JoJo Espinosa led the East Union attack, going 6 of 22 passing for 157 yards and picking up 92 yards on 10 carries. Omar Sanchez (92 receiving yards) and Ty Harper (62 receiving yards) each had three catches for the Lancers.
Alex Alexander had nine tackles for East Union, Warren McGovern seven, Anthony Anaya six and Andrew Mount five. Levi Huffman forced a fumble and Marquise Higgins had a fumble recovery.
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Larenz Redd was the workhorse for the Timberwolves, carrying the ball up and down the field and eventually scoring a 1-yard touchdown.
Jimmy Taylor added a 26-yard scoring pass to Carlos Tovar for the other Sierra score.
Anthony Montero led the Timberwolves defense with 13 tackles. Red added seven and Saul Contreras, Tovar, Myson Hosmer, Romeo Sesma and Ricardo Villalobos all had three tackles each.
Hilmar 40, Ripon 29
After Justin Hansen’s 10-yard scoring run for the Indians tied the score at 7-7 in the first quarter the visiting Yellowjackets ran off 27 points before Ripon scored again at Stouffer Field.
The other three touchdowns came through the air for the Indians. Niko Ilardi threw touchdown passes of 20 and 25 yards to Aiden Benzinger and Brandon Rainer hit Dorian Dougherty with a 25-yard halfback pass for a touchdown.