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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lyon Colon, Manteca football
Bulletin sports 2020-21

On a team loaded with talent at the skill positions, Colon provided much of the offensive production last Friday, April 9 in the Buffaloes' 26-23 win over Oakdale.

He scampered for 301 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries, averaging 15.1 per attempt. Manteca ended with 344 yards from scrimmage in this battle of unbeatens. 

Colon's 74-yard touchdown run just 17 seconds into the contest set the tone for his big night. In the fourth quarter, he lunged forward for a 1-yard gain on fourth down, setting up his back-breaking 69-yard touchdown on the next play that gave the Buffs some breathing room at 26-16 with 9:07 left.

“Lyon is one of the most explosive athletes in the area,” Manteca coach Mark Varnum said. :It was pretty special to have a performance like that in a game as big as Manteca vs. Oakdale.”

The 301 yards is a new school record, according to MaxPreps stats that go back to the 2004 season. Last year, Trabron Russell scored a program-record seven touchdowns in a 55-37 win at Oakdale. 

Colon has made an immediate impact in his debut campaign with Manteca after transferring from Central Catholic. He leads the team with 692 rushing yards (11.1 per carry) and 11 touchdowns through four games. Manteca hosts McClymonds tonight at 6 for the finale to its pandemic-abbreviated season.