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Sierra High freshmen defeat EU
East Union’s Joe Menzel throws over Sierra High’s Josh Thomas (10) to Victor Lopez. during Sierra’s 21-6 win over the East Union High freshmen on Thursday. - photo by Dave Campbell
Garrett DeVillianueva set up a touchdown with a long punt return and scored on another to lead Sierra High to a 21-6 Valley Oak League freshman football victory over host East Union High on Thursday at Dino Cunial Field.

DeVillianueva took a punt late in the first quarter at his own 10-yard line, bounced off of a hard hit by Lancers defender and galloped across field 85 yards past the Timberwolves bench to the East Union 5. Jake Pruitt (5 of 10 passing, 94 yards) spotted Jordan Delgado for a 5-yard scoring pass. The two later combined for a 57-yard scoring play.

DeVillianueva returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to cap Sierra scoring at 21-0.

Although the Timberwolves dominated on both sides of the ball, Sierra coach Walt Brookshire saw room for improvement.

“Our offense needs to execute and we need to get better on tackling,” Brookshire said. “We cannot continue to let the opposition convert on third-and -long and fourth-down plays.”

The Timberwolves were within a yard of scoring again when Isaiah Gordon fell on a Sierra fumble to give his Lancers the ball on their own 1-yard line with 5:43 left in the game. Joe Menzel (9 for 21 passing, 118 yards) then engineered a 99-yard scoring drive that included a 35-yard completion to Kyle Austin (two receptions, 65 yards) and one of 19 yards to Jacob Danhoff. Menzel kept the ball for the final 2 yards to make the score 21-6 with 2:51 left in the game.

“It was nice to finally put something together with no penalties,” East Union coach Ron Clayton said. “And I am proud of the way the guys responded after halftime. Our offense is finally finding some rhythm and our defense is playing with attitude.”

Manteca 46, W. Ranch 6
The Buffaloes touched the ball twice and scored twice Thursday, setting the tone for a dominating VOL victory.

On the fourth play of the game Brandon Dabney returned a Cougars punt 58 yards for a touchdown. On Manteca’s first offensive play, Matt Wilkerson (16 carries, 216 yards) rambled 56 yards for a score and the rout was on.

Touchdown runs by Wilkerson of 1 yard and 30 yards along with a 64-yard touchdown scamper by Michael Gonzalez (10 carries, 132 yards) pushed the Buffaloes lead to 34-0 by halftime.

Manteca scored to open and close the second half when Wilkerson returned the second-half kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. After Weston Ranch scored with 17 seconds left in the game, Gonzalez covered an errant onside-kick attempt and darted outside for a 73-yard touchdown run.

Dabney, Chris Aranda and Elijah Cooper all recovered fumbles for the Buffaloes and Claudio Santos and Jovani Scoz each grabbed an interception.

 “This was the most dominant victory that we have had this year as we scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams,” Manteca coach Jon Shaefer said. “We also forced five turnovers and we did not commit one.

“I was glad to see that the Cougars never gave up, which they easily could have done given the score.  That showed a lot of character on their part.”

Sonora 21, Lathrop 14
Kevin Rainey and Jay Coleman combined for over 200 yards of offense for the Spartans.

Rainey (10 carries, 92 yards) scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Coleman (4 of 11 passing, 193 yards). Coleman found Devante Johnson (three receptions, 157 yards) with a 63-yard scoring toss in the first quarter.

Gerald Ray and Aaron Worthens each made five tackles for Lathrop.

“We played tough all game but we hurt ourselves with turnovers and penalties,” Spartans coach Dwayne Davis said. “Sonora is tough and you can’t give them extra chances with the ball.”