Two first-quarter blocked punts by Sierra’s Ian Metcalf on Thursday were converted to Timberwolves touchdowns on the way to a 27-0 shutout of visiting Central Valley of Ceres in non-conference freshman action at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
After forcing the Hawks to go three and out to start the game, Metcalf’s first punt block was recovered in the end zone by Maximus Morales for a 6-0 lead. The next Central Valley possession ended the same way, this time when Preston Darter gobbled up Metcalf’s block and raced 20 yards to make the score 14-0.
Sierra added two more touchdowns on a 2-yard run by Evyn White (13 carries, 66 yards) and on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Looney (6 of 10 passing, 101 yards) to Jack Cunial.
Cunial helped out a stingy Timberwolves defense when he recovered one of his own onside kicks. Metcalf added an interception and three tackles with White and Jason Agulay making seven stops each, Morales five, Lucas Caldwell and O’Shae Jackson four each and Jarred Amaya and Giovanni Ortega three apiece.
Manteca 33, Downey 8
Down 8-6 at halftime, the Buffaloes responded with 27 unanswered second-half points.
Alex Murrietta was the workhorse for Manteca, running the ball 21 times for 211 yards with touchdown runs of 3, 12 and 85 yards. Colton Stonum was 4 of 7 passing for 61 passing with 21 yards rushing including touchdown runs of 2 and 3 yards. Adrian Rios added 61 yards receiving and Luis Rivera had three carries for 26 yards.
Paul Gains led the Buffaloes defense with 11 tackles followed by Luis Rivera with nine, Mason Gibson five,
Andrew Marshall four, Saul Ruiz three, Dylan Gulseth two and Ricardo Villavazo two.
Andrew Yzegerrie (tackle) made two interceptions.
East Union 49,
The Lancers used a balanced attack to rack up 304 yards rushing with seven touchdowns.
Keona Cayode scored three touchdowns for East Union – one on a 66-yard kickoff return, one on a 17-yard catch from Dylan Lee and the other on a 25-yard run. Lee added a 40-yard touchdown run, Emilio Perez (nine carrries, 85 yards) scored on a 12-yard run, Ashton Heath had a 60-yard touchdown run and David Juarez scored from 22 yards out.
Matthew Mejia led the Lancers defense with seven tackles followed by Nick Luna with six, Emilio Perez with four and Alex Harris, Ramon Del Rio and Anthony Sy with three each and Brandon Pine (forced fumble) with two.
Ripon 34, Sonora 13
Larell Fountain-Gilbert and Eddie Franscella ran for two touchdowns apiece for the Indians.
C.J. Cavazos blocked a Wildcats punt and it was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
Ripon’s defense played great all game, forcing three turnovers with constant pressure in the backfield that included multiple sacks.