The chant was heard loud and clear from the visitors’ bleachers at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium:
“This game’s over! This game’s over!”
Manteca 36, Sierra 0 … at the start of the second quarter.
Only the running clock could stop the Buffaloes from scoring Friday in the end of a 63-0 lambasting of Sierra. It’s the widest margin of victory in the series led by Manteca, 17-6.
Gino Campiotti hit on 14 of his 21 passes for 266 yards and five touchdowns — all in the first half. The Buffaloes (4-2 Valley Oak League, 7-2 overall) cashed in on their first nine drives, and the 10th stalled near midfield as the time ticked down to zeroes at the end.
“We wanted to share the wealth and get more guys on the board,” Campiotti said. “My first four touchdown passes were to four different guys, that was the game plan going in. It was nice to establish the passing game; we had been on the ground a lot more the past couple of weeks.”
He hooked up with sophomore Jacob DeJesus (3-87) twice for touchdowns, with the rest going to Jorge Cedano (five catches, 83 yards), Carter Williams (3-51) and Presley Keltner (2-15). Cedano, a sure-handed 6-foot-1, 165-pound junior, has emerged as a reliable target for Campiotti after he played quarterback in the lower levels.
Cedano took over behind center at the start of the second half, finishing 2 of 3 with 28 yards and an 8-yard touchdown toss to Kyle Lynch.
“Tonight, he caught his first touchdown catch, so it was awesome to get him one,” Campiotti said. “He works his butt off in practice every day. We’ve been getting him the ball a lot lately, it was just his first time finding the end zone.”
With Campiotti and the receivers on their game, Manteca called for just five run plays in the opening half. Sophomore tailback Trabron Russell scored twice on his only carries of the night, finishing with 34 yards. He also had a 30-yard catch late in the opening quarter, setting up Campiotti’s 3-yard strike to Keltner to make it 36-0.
Manteca racked up 325 of its 393 yards in the first half while limiting the Timberwolves (1-5, 2-7) to just 23 total.
“I thought we were really focused, real crisp on defense, guys were flying around and the coverage was better tonight,” Manteca coach Eric Reis said. “On offense, we’re spreading it around, that’s what I like. It’s not just one guy.
“Tra is becoming more and more of a threat running the ball, which is going to be huge for us moving forward. We didn’t play particularly well last week (a 60-14 win at Weston Ranch), but I thought the guys responded really well.”
The Buffalo defense had three takeaways in the opening quarter: a forced fumble by Matthew Ender recovered by Rayshon Dozier, and interceptions by Jose Ceja and Keltner. All three turnovers set the offense up inside Sierra’s 35-yard line, leading to the early onslaught.
If there’s one bug-a-boo to Manteca’s impressive showing it’s penalties. The Buffaloes were flagged 11 times for 135 yards, including six personal fouls or unsportsmanlike conduct infractions that led to the bulk of Sierra’s first downs.
Not that it mattered on a night in which Manteca was otherwise as close to perfect as it has been all season.
“Their defense smothers you, their offense pushes you and when you give a team like Manteca the ball three times on your own side of the field you’re done,” Sierra coach Chris Johnson said. “That’s what good football teams do, and that’s a very good football team.”