A long wait did not bother the Lathrop High freshman football team on Thursday.
After arriving at Ripon High for a kickoff the Spartans anticipated to be at 5 p.m., Lathrop was forced to cool its heals for an hour as kickoff was not until 6 p.m. When things finally got under way it took the Spartans a while to get going but they finally scored just before halftime and went on to win 15-6 in non-league action.
Although Lathrop dominated the first half, fumble recoveries by the Indians’ Dylan Sexton in the first quarter and Zachary Angel in the second – Angel’s coming off of a ferocious hit by Nick Myers – kept the Spartans off of the board until Harvey Cuellar (seven carries, 82 yards) scored with 1:02 left in the first half on a 5-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
Keonnee Linnell added a 1-yard scoring plunge late in the third quarter for a 15-0 lead and Ripon got on the board with 41 seconds left in the game on a 2-yard run by Nathan Morrow.
Morrow did not have a carry in the first half but exploded in the second, picking up 24 yards on his first carry and finishing with 56 yards rushing on nine attempts. Donovan Fortillas also came on in the second half, gaining 30 yards on just two carries and Dylan Sexton ground out 30 yards on nine carries.
Dan Ballesteros had two interceptions for Lathrop and returned his second one 25 yards only to have Sid Gall strip the ball away to get the ball back for the Indians. Cuellar had three sacks.
Linnell was 2 of 5 passing for the Spartans for 35 yards and teammate Michael Ramos had six carries for 43 yards. For Ripon, Donnie Cooksey was 5 of 9 passing for 49 yards with Juventino Raygoza grabbing two catches for 23 yards.
The Timberwolves took a 50-0 halftime lead Thursday in their non-league road win.
David Reyes scored three times for Sierra – on interception returns of 23 and 40 yards and on a 43-yard punt return. Daemen Duran (six carries, 83 yards) scored on runs of 10 and 47 yards and Jacob Peterson scored from 1 yard and 5 yards out. Caden Worth (seven carries, 69 yards; 2 for 4 passing) completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandy James.
The Timberwolves defense allowed just two first downs. Jacob Peterson and Pablo Salcedo had six tackles each for Sierra and Duran and Reyes had four apiece. Reyes totaled three interceptions tallying 83 return yards. Hayden Borgeson and James both forced a fumble and Jaylen Jackson and Reyes each had a fumble recovery.
Manteca 40, Enochs 6
The Buffaloes scored all of their points in the first half and the Eagles did not score until the final play of the game.
Michael Frisby led the Manteca ground game, gaining 57 yards on seven carries with touchdown runs of 22 and 39 yards. Kyle Rachels completed two passes, and both were for touchdowns – one to Ferrin Manuleleua of 22 yards and the other to to Matthew Ender for 29 yards. Cameron Allison had the other Buffaloes touchdown on a 39-yard run.
Vincent Ferro and Kyle Reis led the Manteca defense with five tackles. Kobe Shippley and Manuleleua: had three tackles and Justin Kakala two.