Manteca needed just three plays to gain 62 yards and score a touchdown to start its freshman football season Thursday on the way to a 20-0 non-league freshman win over Lathrop at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Khalid Robinson had all 62 of those yards – including a 24-yard touchdown scamper – and led the pounding Buffaloes ground game with 120 yards on 15 carries with an additional touchdown run of 3 yards.
Teammate Joel Yuson had the other Manteca score on a 37-yard run and finished with 98 yards on eight carries. Dominic Alvarez added 33 yards on seven carries and did an outstanding job of lead blocking for Robinson and Yuson.
Midway through the fourth quarter the Spartans had their deepest penetration of the night – to the Manteca 4-yard line – only to come up short when Michael Frisby recovered a Lathrop fumble. Alvarez recovered an onside kick and Robinson had an interception.
Yuson was in on seven tackles with teammates Omar Villanueva and Dominic Alvarez making six apiece. Robinson added an interception.
Christopher Ray picked up 67 yards on six carries for the Spartans and Amario Valdovinos added 30 yards on nine carries. Luis Hernandez had 84 yards passing, completing 9 of 15 with Andres Cisneros-Pena making two catches for 17 yards.
Ray led the Lathrop defense with nine tackles. Jeremiah Estante and Noah Martinez made seven stops and Amario Valdovinous six.
East Union 48, Downey 0
MODESTO – The visiting Lancers put up 28 first-quarter points with Mark Weaver throwing for two touchdowns in the period.
Weaver finished 5 of 7 passing for 154 yards with touchdown passes of 28 and 73 yards to Robert Piddock and 17 yards to Gannon Anderson. Weaver added a 9-yard touchdown run.
Marcus Brennan was the workhorse for East Union, gaining 75 yards on 12 carries with a 2-yard touchdown run. It took Kai Ontai just three carries to gain 78 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown run. Adam Tinnerello capped the scoring in the third quarter with another 19-yard touchdown run.
Gustavo Delagadillo led the Lancers defense with eight tackles. Payton Graham added five tackles, Brennan three and Anderson had an interception with a pass broken up and Ontai broke up two passes.
Sierra 47, Hilmar 12
Marcelo Morales and Jeontay Berry scored five touchdowns for the Timberwolves and combined for more than 300 yards on the ground at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Morales (seven carries, 187 yards) had scoring runs of 18, 64 and 80 yards and Berry (eight carries, 137 yards) added scoring runs of 18 and 69 runs as well as a 52-yard punt return. Ben Wheeler returned an interception 105 yards for a touchdown.
Victor Serna had an interception for Sierra.