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Dangerous opponents await Manteca, Sierra
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Manteca and Sierra are looking to carry undefeated records going into their bye week and Valley Oak League schedule, but standing in the way are upset-minded opponents looking to make a splash of their own.

Manteca plays host to a winless Enochs (Modesto) team that was competitive in losses to established powers in its first two contests. Sierra, meanwhile, travels to Stockton to face Chavez (1-0), which nearly derailed its Sac-Joaquin playoff hopes last year.

The Sierra-Chavez shootout of 2013 was a doozy. The Timberwolves escaped with a 61-58 win thanks to a 20-yard field goal in the closing seconds. That capped off a game that included more than 1,100 yards of offense and 17 touchdowns. It turned out that wild win helped Sierra, which ended up 6-4 in the regular season, qualify for the playoffs. Chavez finished 2-8.

Expectations are higher for the Titans, who return their quarterback and top two rushers. Julius Davila hit 5-foot-8 receiver Lamar Housley for three touchdowns in their 40-36 win over Gregori of Modesto. Davila completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 205 yards, showing no ill-effects of the graduation loss of 1,000-yard wide out Darrin Gentry. Also back is Priest Jennings, who rushed for 126 yards in Chavez’s opener.

The Titans will be challenged by a Sierra defense that has yet to surrender any points. Sierra gave up a special teams touchdown in its eye-opening 54-7 win at Ripon and continued to impress in last week’s 56-0 throttling of Central Valley.

Mark Paule already has 415 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Timberwolves, who have been just as effective through the air — QB Devin Nunez (265 yards, 2 TDs) has missed on just six of his 26 tosses — behind their massive offensive line.

Battle-tested Enochs

Enochs is coming off 25-20 and 47-32 defeats to Turlock and Buhach Colony, respectively. Its impressive nonleague schedule continues with Friday’s contest at Manteca’s Guss Schmiedt Field and ends the following week at Merced.

Shawn Munoz (28 of 55, 359 yards, 4 TDs, 3 picks) leads the Eagles in his third year at quarterback. He is a threat on the run as the team’s second-leading rusher (98 yards, 2.8 per carry) behind junior Eddie Alderson (106 yards, 2 TDs).

Finding holes in Manteca’s defense won’t be easy. Special-teams flubs led to two touchdowns scored against the Buffaloes in their 20-14 win at Wilcox of Santa Clara. Last week, Valley Christian (Dublin) scored on a 75-yard catch and run from Jairus Woodson, son of NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, but the game was well out of reach by that point as Manteca rolled, 49-7.

Heading north

Both Weston Ranch (0-1) and Ripon Christian (1-0) are hitting the road for their second games of the season.

Weston Ranch takes on an upstart Galt (2-0) squad that has picked up wins over struggling programs. Sophomore Zach Orman leads the Warriors with 425 yards and four touchdowns.

Ripon Christian travels to Linden (0-2), which has already lost to two other Southern League teams in Orestimba, 27-12, and Gustine, 21-19.