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Buffaloes drop final preseason tilt to Enochs
Manteca’s Austin Betencourt (54) hangs on to an Enochs ball-carrier Friday night at Guss Schmiedt Field. Manteca fell to the Eagles, 28-8. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Manteca High sophomore football team (2-1) closed out non-league play Friday with a 28-8 home loss to Enochs.

“We came out flat,” Manteca coach Adam Liel said.

The only score by the Buffaloes came in the third quarter, with quarterback Alex Martinez hitting wide receiver B.J. Odell on the play.

As far as improvements, Liel indicated that his team needs to play more consistent, with the work to get there taking place during the week.

“We came off a bad week of practice,” he added.

Lathrop 8, East Union 6

Freshman Sal Pena ran in a score midway through the fourth quarter, but a failed 2-point try sealed the Lancers’ fate.

“We just shot ourselves in the foot tonight,” EU head coach Carlos Herrera said. “We gave up some big runs and we made some mistakes. They’re right there, they’re in the thick of it, they’re playing outstanding defense. It’s just one or two breakdowns that costs us games.

“Those are the things that we need to fix, and that’s our job as coaches.”

EU opens VOL play Friday with a home tilt against Sierra.

Ripon Christian 21, Big Valley Christian 14 (Sept. 18)

Led by a relentless defensive effort that produced four turnovers and thwarted Big Valley from tying the contest late, the Knights moved to 2-0 in preseason play last Friday with a thrilling win.

Jacob Ruther and Dalton Koslosky both forced fumbles, and Zach Hidalgo and Tim Ignacio came up with interceptions.

“Those four turnovers gave us great field position all night,” RC head coach Michael Dotinga said. “The defense was the key.”

Ignacio led the ground game with 64 yards on nine carries including a pair of scores.

Zach Davis added a third touchdown on 26 yards rushing, and Hildago racked up 31 yards on the ground.

Michael Brown had 19 yards on four carries, and James Vander Schaaf completed five of seven passes while leading the Knights with six tackles on the defensive end.

“The guys came out fired up and played hard all night,” Dotinga said. “It’s a great 2-0 start.”

Ripon 18, Argonaut 0

At Stouffer Field Friday, the Indians (3-0) pitched their third straight shutout of the season.

Fullback Marino Villalobos and backfield mates Cole Herrin and Reed Yoshida each scored a touchdown.

— Bulletin Staff