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JV Buffs clock Kimball behind Stevenson’s 5 TD runs
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Manteca junior varsity running back Elijah Stevenson sprints to the open field against Kimball last Friday. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Elijah Stevenson led Manteca to a 50-0 thumping of Kimball with five touchdowns and nearly 200 yards rushing in the Valley Oak League contest

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Manteca’s Micah Cardoza blasts the Kimball quarterback during a 50-0 junior varsity win for the host Buffaloes last Friday. - photo by Wayne Thallander
 on Friday night.

Stevenson (11 carries, 191 yards) scored on runs of 3, 8, 12, 18 and 73 yards. Owen Gully (9 of 13 passing, 105 yards) hit Cam Jiminez with a 15-yard touchdown pass, and Carlos Flores added a 2-yard touchdown run.

Logan Pool and Jose Rios led the Buffaloes with six tackles apiece. Robert Nelson added three tackles, Matheiu Evans two sacks and Micah Cardoza forced a fumble.


Central Catholic 56, East Union 22

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Central Catholic’s Chase Perino defends East Union’s Anthony Oteri. - photo by SEAN KAHLER
Peyton Heath passed for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Lancers.

Heath (12 of 21 passing, 156 yards) hit Anthony Oteri (three catches, 47 yards) with a 12-yard scoring pass to draw East Union within 14-7 in the second quarter and Ethan Nyberg (two receptions, 47 yards) pulled in a 2-yard scoring pass from Heath to cap the night’s scoring for East Union in the fourth period. Hoku Ap’e tied the score at 7-7 with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter.

Ap’e and Shane Lewis led the Lancers defense with three tackles each, while Jose Guizar and Michael Pires added two stops apiece.   


Ripon Christian 26, Waterford 0

Chase Bunnell and Aaron Van Hofwegen teamed up for two touchdown passes for the Knights in Southern Athletic League action.

Bunnell (6 of 11 passing, 71 yards) hit Van Hofwegen (three receptions, 50 yards) with scoring throws of 5 and 17 yards. Carson Cho (eight carries, 43 yards) scored on a 24-yard run and Lushen Sanders (eight carries, 31 yards) added a 5-yard touchdown run. Blake Stuit and Mason Clark also contributed to the Ripon Christian offense.

Van Hofwegen (interception) made five tackles, Stuit and Cho three each with two apiece for Braden Schaapman, Patrick Cory and Myles Pollard.


Lathrop 38, Beyer 0

Malachi Gonzales led the Spartans to a Western Athletic Conference thumping of Beyer with three touchdowns.

Gonzales (21 carries, 154 yards) scored on 1-, 3- and 71-yard runs. Eliseo Lopez added a 15-yard touchdown run and Lopez pulled in a 43-yard scoring pass from Treyvon Santos (2 of 3 passing, 46 yards).

Christian Erazo led the Spartans with three tackles while Gonzales and Eliseo Lopez added two each with defensive contributions from Santos and Santino Arranaga.



East Union 44, River Islands 0

Ricky Soria threw three second-quarter touchdown passes to spark the Lancers to their VOL win in a rare Wednesday-night contest.

Soria (8 of 12 passing, 185 yards) had touchdowns throws of 31 and 50 yards to Nikko Hisatomi (three receptions, 96 yards) and a 60-yard scoring throw to Jesse Martinez. In the third period Soria added a 3-yard scoring plunge and Maddox Morales (79 yards rushing) scored his second touchdown of the night on a 5-yard run. Morales started the scoring with a 36-yard first-quarter run.

Kaiden Romero led the East Union defense with seven tackles and Nick Johnson made an interception.


Lathrop 36, Beyer 0

Jonah Hernandez ran for one touchdown and scored another on an interception return for the Spartans on Thursday.

Hernandez’s touchdown run was of 7 yards and he returned the interception 40 yards. Aleksel Sanchez added a 2-yard scoring plunge, Xavier Avila had a 6-yard scoring run and Eliseo Lopez tallied a 19-yard touchdown run.