The biggest of the Jr. Buffaloes got the win, but program-wide bragging rights go to the Manteca Jaguars.
The Jaguars claimed one of the three games played at Manteca High this past Saturday in the first-ever Battle of the Beasts Pride Bowl.
Manteca’s varsity Jr. Buffs prevented the sweep with a 38-20 win, which gives them a 9-1 record to end the regular in the Central California Junior Football League. The junior varsity Jaguars evened their season record to 5-5 with a 34-0 shutout. The Jags also prevailed 13-7 in the peewee contest, and 38-0 in the rookie division.
The Jr. Buffaloes’ second-seeded varsity and rookie squads are hosting Cen-Cal playoff games this Saturday at 7 and 1:30 p.m., respectively. The No. 1-ranked rookie Jaguars and No. 2 peewees are at Turlock High for 1:30 and 3’o clock kickoffs. The varsity Jags are the fourth seed and will take on the top-seeded Modesto Broncos at Modesto Christian starting at 7.
Jr. Buffaloes workhorse Ferrin Manuleleua plowed his way to 115 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Michael Frisby pitched in 15 rushes that went for 86 yards and a score.
Gino Campiotti converted four of five PATs and recovered a fumble on defense. Jacob Peterson paced the defense with seven tackles.
The Jaguars fell to 6-4.
Angel Garay amassed 142 yards and three touchdowns rushing to go with 83 passing yards as the Jaguars (5-5) rolled to victory. Garay completed passes to Elijah White, Jose Ceja and Leonardo Bonilla for 34, 15 and 25 yards, respectively.
Dominic Rea added a 22-yard touchdown jaunt, and John Badilla kicked two extra points.
Warren McGovern paced the Jr. Buffaloes (3-7) with seven tackles and an interception. Trinidad Diaz recorded six tackles, and Jacob DeJesus picked off a pass.
Deshon Thomas (6 carries, 72 yards) picked up the bulk of his offensive production on a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Jr. Buffaloes a shot at the end.
Jacob Sandoval racked up 18 tackles and an interception. Calvin Ramsey contributed a sack.
Ricardo Villalvazo piled up 117 rushing yards and a TD for the Jaguars while collecting six tackles on defense. Kiona Ontai (90 yards) and Marcus Callahan (75 yards) each chimed in with two touchdown runs. Alex Gatty contributed 50 rushing yards and a score.
Noel Herrera, Frankie Teicheira and Angel Rodriguez each recovered a fumble for defensive turnovers.
For the Jr. Buffs, Cole Rmsey led the way with three tackles, while Adam Barrera and Colton Stonum both recovered fumbles.