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Start with a bang
Squires open season victorious behind Danhoffs 4 TD passes
East Union High sophomore player Nicholas McGill (6) pulls down a pass Friday in front of Orestimbas Steve Price (28) and Albert Flores (11). - photo by HIME ROMERO

East Union High’s sophomore squad kicked off its season with a 28-15 win over visiting Orestimba Friday at Dino Cunial Field.

Quarterback Jake Danhoff was the centerpiece of the Squires’ balanced attack, as he completed 6 of 8 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He scored a third touchdown on the ground from 16 yards out in the second quarter.

The Squires took command of the game in the first half and scored all of their points in that span. Their 64-yard drive to open the contest was capped by Victor Lopez’s 11-yard scamper. Lopez ended up with 69 yards on 13 rushes.

On East Union’s second drive, Robbie Gleockler was on the receiving end of a 78-yard pass play that doubled the team’s early lead.

Nic McGill added a 35-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. He also had 45 rushing yards on just four attempts.

Orestimba was able to get its offense going in the second half, when it accumulated most of its 277 yards (157 rushing, 120 passing). East Union’s attack racked up 308 total yards.

The Squires will look to take the momentum into their Week-2 contest against Bear Creek back at Dino Cunial Field.

Manteca 44, Galt 7

At Galt, the Buffaloes had their first game well in hand by halftime up 37-0.

Quarterback Buddy Reeder was outstanding, racking up 157 yards on 6-of-8 passing and throwing for four touchdown passes — one each to Alex Laurel (12 yards), Elijah Cooper (70 yards), Matt Wilkerson (37 yards) and Michael Gonzalez (35 yards).

Cooper (11 rushes, 66 yards, TD), Gonzalez (6 rushes, 61 yards) and Wilkerson (4 rushes, 35 yards, TD) were also instrumental in Manteca’s ground game, which produced 218 yards.

Sierra 51, G. Davis 16

At Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, Jonathon Montoya ran for two touchdowns and notched another one through the air to help Sierra even its non-league record to 1-1.

Quarterback Jake Pruitt finished with three touchdown strikes, with the others going to Dakota Conners and Reid Maestas. Conners also had a rushing TD, as did Josh Webb.

Chuck Good, Hunter Peterson and Ike Gutierrez anchored a stout defensive effort. And Josh Gonzalez and Aaron Thiel led the special teams.


Sierra 55, Lodi 14

At Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Thursday, the Timberwolves (2-0) got big contributions from Jarrod Silveira and Devin Nunez in the rout, as both found three different ways to be involved in scoring plays.

Silveira struck for two touchdown and 183 yards on 11-of-13 passing, had 13 rushes go for 81 yards and two more scores and caught a 20-yard pass from Nunez for yet another TD. Nunez completed both of his pass attempts for 60 yards, ran for 54 yards and a TD on six carries and caught five passes for 89 yards and a score.

Andrew Perry recorded six tackles on defense, while Johnnie Cibelli-Sanford (fumble recovery), Trevon McCray (2 sacks), Joseph Valenzuela (forced fumble) and Nunez chipped in with eight.

Manteca 34, Galt 0

The barrage started on defense at Galt, as lineman Alex Cardwell intercepted a pass that was redirected by a Galt player’s helmet and returned it 20 yards to paydirt. Nick Luchetti ran in the 2-point conversion, and the blowout was on.

Manteca’s juggernaut ground game handled the rest. Hector Soto turned 14 rushes into 176 yards and three touchdowns, and Lechi Nkwocha added 89 yards and a score on six carries.

Nkwocha also had seven tackles and a sack on defense. Steven Martinez recorded 10 tackles and two sacks.

Sierra 33, Enochs 24

(Aug. 26)

Freshman Jarrod Silveira had an impressive debut to his high school career. He gave the home crowd a promising glimpse of the future with a four-touchdown effort (2 rushing, 2 passing) that included 151 yards on 9-of-18 passing and 53 yards on nine carries.

Jordan Thompson was on the receiving end of both touchdowns and finished with 102 yards. L.J. Alofaituli and Bobby Guillen each had eight tackles to pace the defense, and Devin Nunes pitched in with five tackles, an interception and a defensive touchdown.