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EU falls to Manteca
Ripon claims TVL co-championship in finale
East Union’s Jesus Esquivel gets caught by Manteca High’s TJ Guillory (3).,TJ Galdos (80), and Keoki Farrish (68) for negative yardage. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca High had little trouble coming back from a close loss to the Oakdale Mustangs, taking care of business in the Valley Oak League finale with a convincing win over the East Union Lancers Friday.

Manteca was all business from beginning to end, asserting themselves with a dominant first half and putting it away with a defensive gem late. Manteca’s Robert Rhodes picked off an East Union pass and rolled 104-yards in the other direction for the Buffaloes’ final score.

Sierra 27, Weston Ranch 22
The Weston Ranch Cougars had no plans on accepting a loss to end their VOL season, getting their head coach ejected from the game in the waning minutes of a season-ending loss to Sierra.

The Cougars held tough throughout the ball game, but saw their chances of ending things with a win slip away when the Timberwolves recovered an onside kick attempt.

Sierra (7-3) got a strong performance from Jason Manuta, who tossed a 40-yard touchdown to Guillermo Nunez for the come-from-behind score to win the game.

Up front, Sierra got quality play from center Kenneth Matella, while Tyler Ray Hewitt and Devin Manois were able to score touchdowns. The Sierra line backing core of Greyson Yarnell, Angel Villannueva and Manny Rodriguez did a great job of stopping the Cougars rushing attack.

Kimball 42, Lathrop 3
TRACY – Kimball converted two first-half turnovers into quick scores Friday and went on to a 42-3 Valley Oak League sophomore win over visiting Lathrop at Don Nicholson Stadium.

Juan Ortega booted a 27-yard field goal with 4:24 left in the first quarter to answer the Jaguars’ first touchdown, but after that it was all Kimball. The Jaguars ran their lead to 35-3 at halftime and scored once more in the second half with a running clock.

Ripon 21, Orestimba 7
NEWMAN — The Indians (5-1, 8-2) gathered near the visiting sideline at Warrior Stadium after the game, chanting, “TVL! TVL! TVL!”

It was a long time coming, said coach Jorge Velasco, who thinks Ripon’s sophomore co-championship shared with Escalon is the program’s first at any level since the early 1990s.

Escalon defeated Modesto Christian 33-19 Friday to secure its half of the championship.

“The last few years it’s come down to the last game, but we’ve always come up short,” Velasco said. “So it was nice to come through tonight. Before the game I could tell that the guys were feeling it, and they put together two nice halves of football.”

Dylan Haines landed the first blow for Ripon, ripping off a 60-plus yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage.

Quarterback Josh McCreath pounded in another score on a 2-yard sneak to give the Indians a 14-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Bradley Clark tacked on 6 more points on a 40-yard pass play and helped preserve the win late in the fourth with an interception.