Turnovers can be deadly – just ask the Sierra freshman football team.
The visiting Timberwolves coughed the ball up to Manteca five times Thursday – three times in the first half – as the Buffaloes ran away with a 34-6 Valley Oak League victory at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Manteca (3-0 VOL, 5-1) took a 6-0 lead with 1:43 left in the first quarter on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jorge Cedano (3 of 8 passing, 50 yards, two touchdowns) to Kyle Lynch. Forty seconds later – following Michael Madrid’s fumble recovery – J’Bari Wilson (nine carries, 82 yards) scored from 29 yards out for a 14-0 lead.
Tyler Brintley’s fumble recovery help set up Cedano’s touchdown pass to Lynch. Following a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Chris Ortiz (10 carries, 50 yards) for a 22-0 lead, Aiden Klinesmith recovered the ensuing onside kick for the Buffaloes. Manteca added fourth-quarter interceptions by Lynch and Frank Delgado.
In the second half Wilson scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Cedano and Ortiz capped the night’s scoring with an 18-yard touchdown run.
The Buffaloes defense yielded less than 60 yards and was led by Brintley with seven tackles. Nick Creighton (two forced fumbles) and Austin Kivilahti added six tops each and Dayvion Mayes (two passed defensed, blocked conversion) and Lynch had four tackles each.
The Timberwolves (1-2, 3-2-1) got on the board late in the first half when Miguel Sequiera (6 of 15 passing, 68 yards) scored on an 18-yard run. Anthony Montero added 62 yards rushing for Sierra and Joseph Tarango had 45.
Miguel Aguilar had 12 tackles for the Timberwolves. Isaiah Lee added 10 and Anthony Montero seven.
East Union 42,
Weston Ranch 8
The host Lancers used a balanced attack with five players scoring six touchdowns at Dino Cunial Field.
Dezmin Ware set up his touchdown – the first of the game – after East Union (3-0, 5-0) forced the Cougars (0-3 VOL) to go three and out he legged out a 27-yard punt return. Three plays later Ware ran it in from 12 yards out and the rout was on.
JoJo Espinosa had two scores – one on a 24-yard run and the other to start the third quarter on a 61-yard run. Alex Alexander had a 34-yard scoring run and Teelan Gaines ran one in from 4 yards out.
Late in the third period Santiago Sanchez stripped the ball from a Weston Ranch runner and raced 40 yards to the Lancers 20-yard line. Trinidad Dias then hit Tyres Harper to run the East Union lead to 42-0.
Andrew Mount, Levi Huffman and Thomas Cann led the stingy East Union defense that allowed negative-33 yards in the first half.