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Manteca JV levels Galt 55-0
Manteca’s Eddie Smith helps take down a Galt running back at the line of scrimmage durring Friday’s Junior Varsity game as Manteca hosted Galt High at Gus Smeidt Field - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin
The Manteca High sophomore football team could not have opened its 2010 football season any better, blasting the visiting Galt Warriors 55-0 in non-league action Friday at Manteca High.

Manteca’s Eddie Smith got the Buffaloes going in a hurry, turning in three first quarter touchdowns on the way to building a lightning-quick 23-0 lead after one period. Smith got loose on runs of 15, 3, and 10 and also punched in a pair of 2-point conversion runs.

Manteca continued to roll from there, walking into halftime with a 37-0 lead.

“Great start to the season for us,” Manteca head coach Adam Liel said. “Our running backs, Eddie Smith, Sal Pena, and Angel Gomez all did a great job (Friday) finding holes to run through.

“I am really proud of the way my line responded on both sides of the ball after a rough week of practice. “

Smith led the ground attack with 151 yards on 13 carries, while Gomez finished with 102 yards on a half-dozen carries. Quarterback Ryan Fox completed both of his passes and tossed a 40-yard touchdown to Gomez in the rout.

The Buffaloes (1-0) will look to continue its early season dominance when Tracy comes to town Friday for a non-league matchup.

Ripon 34, Linden 12
RIPON -- Ripon High sophomore squad received a boost in numbers this week, adding freshmen players. Indian coach Jorge Velasco took quick notice of the benefits with his expanded roster.

“We were able to rest some of the guys who to play both offense and defense last week,” he said following the 34-12 non-league win against visiting Linden on Friday.

The Indians (1-1) went ahead early on thanks to a pair of scoring plays by receiver Kyle Wengel from quarterback Josh McCreath.

 After jumping out to a 21-0 lead, Ripon began to see its lead fade due in part to turnovers. Included was a blocked punt by the Lions in the third quarter that closed the gap, 21-12.

But freshman Troy Burth added some insurance with a scoring plunge in the second half.

From there, McCreath provided Ripon with breathing room, intercepting a pass late in the game to secure the win.

Beyer 18, East Union 6
MODESTO – The Lancers were forced to find their positive strides in the game, after falling short on the scoreboard in an 18-6 loss to the Beyer Patriots Friday at Modesto Junior College.

Jesus Esquivel picked off a Beyer pass and returned to the end zone for the Lancers’ lone points of the contest.

“As a whole, the team is coming together,” East Union head coach John Lopez said. “We just have a few kinks to work out, but I am very proud of all of them.

“Our coaching staff is looking forward to a great season.”

The Lancers will try and break in the win column when they travel to Stockton to take on Bear Creek Friday.

Calaveras 22, Weston Ranch 13
CALAVERAS – The Weston Ranch Cougars fought valiantly, but came up short in their season opener, falling to Calaveras 22-13 Friday.

The Cougars hope to put forth a rebounding performance when they host the Tokay Tigers Friday at Weston Ranch High.