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East Union cant keep pace with VOL newbie
East Union’s Jeremiah Preston fights off a tackle - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin
The future could be sooner rather than later for Kimball High.

In the sophomore game, the Jaguars came into Dino Cunial Field on Friday, registering a 39-12 Valley Oak League victory over East Union.

The Lancers kept things close early on as Mark Aguilar had a kickoff return in the first quarter, tying the game at 6-6.

With the varsity squad made up mostly sophomores and juniors, Kimball’s lower level squad displayed plenty of promise, reeling 33 unanswered points in the steady drizzle.

 East Union (1-5, 1-8) added a score late in the game thanks to Tyler Clayton’s fourth-down stop. Freshman quarterback John Menzel fueled the drive with a quarterback keeper.

Jeremiah Preston’s 20-yard run to the Kimball 8 setup Menzel’s 2-yard scoring run.

“He did a great job,” said Lancer coach John Lopez of his young signal-caller.

He also recognized Preston, C.J. Cardenas and Sam Robinson.

East Union will travel to Sonora next Friday.

Manteca 42, Lathrop 0
The Buffaloes made easy work of their action in Lathrop, blasting the Spartans in VOL play Friday.

Eddie Smith led the Manteca ground game with a pair of touchdowns, while teammate Ryan Fox controlled the air-attack with two touchdown tosses to Angel Gomes and another to Matt Kuhnlenz.

The Buffaloes will try and ride the quality team effort for another week, as they have a tough challenge with the Oakdale Mustangs at home Friday.

Sonora 42, Sierra 28
The Wildcats got going on the offensive side early, and would not surrender a double-digit halftime lead in their VOL win over the host Timberwolves Friday.

Sierra’s effort improved in the second half, finding some offensive success from Frankie Chavez and Robert Ramierez. Yet the deficit the Timberwolves found themselves in proved too challenging to overcome.

“On defense we couldn’t stop the run and on offense we made too many errors,” Sierra head coach Dan Duke said. “With that many mistakes you just cannot compete with your opponents.”

The Timberwolves will try and get things figured out Friday when they travel to Lathrop for a battle with the Spartans.

Southern League
Ripon Christian 45, Delhi 7
The Knights put together the perfect preface to their varsity teammates’ blowout, blasting visiting Delhi Friday in the Southern League contest.

Danny Vos rushed for 60 yards and a score, while hooking up with Brandon Dotinga for a touchdown through the air. After a sluggish start defensively, RC tightened up, led by Ethan Van Vliet’s 14 tackles.

“We came out a little flat and let Delhi score on their first possession,” Ripon Christian head coach Michael Dotinga said. “After we regrouped we scored 45 unanswered and held them in check defensively.

“I’m really proud of the way we played as a team.”

The Knights will try to stop Waterford High’s perfect season Friday, as they travel to try to give the 8-0 squad their first loss.