By JONAMAR JACINTO
The Oct. 9 rivalry game between Manteca and Sierra is penciled in as one of 23 high school football contests to be aired by Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104) this season.
Comcast announced its lineup of games to be highlighted Monday. The “Xfinity High School Sports” season kicks off Friday, Aug. 28 with live coverage of the Folsom-Clayton Valley game. Most telecasts are expected to be streamed live at www.chnlivestreaming.tv. All 23 games will also be available On Demand for Comcast digital customers.
Telecast date for the cross-town tussle at Sierra’s Daniel Teicheira is set for Oct. 11, two nights after the game. Manteca won the latest showdown, a 34-20 upset on Halloween night as Sierra suffered its first loss of the season on Week 9. The Timberwolves, however, earned a co-championship in the Valley Oak League and finished 10-2. Both teams were eliminated in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
Manteca leads the all-time series 14-6 and has won four of the last five.
Paule is one of nation’s top returning scorers: Sierra running back Mark Paule, Jr. is the nation’s third most productive touchdown producer among returning players for the 2015 season, according to Mitch Stephens of MaxPreps.com.
The Manteca Bulletin’s reigning All-Area MVP totaled 45 touchdowns (two receiving) last year, trailing only Kiante Enis’ (Winchester of Indiana) 52 and Gamarquis Girdy’s (Victoria West of Texas) 47. Jacob Earl (Vermillion of Cayuga, Ind.) and Travis Brannon (Vandergrift of Austin, Texas) round out the top-5 list with 44 and 42 TDs, respectively.