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Sierra takes battle with Manteca
Manteca’s Landon White gets a hold of Sierra quarterback Anthony Perea in the first half Friday. Sierra ended up with a 43-22 win in the JV game. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Sierra High finished the first half up by a touchdown and put together a flawless second half to improve to 2-0 in Valley Oak League play with a 34-22 win over the Manteca Buffaloes at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

The Timberwolves got strong performances on both sides of the ball, outlasting the Buffaloes with a tenacious defense accompanied by effective execution from their starting quarterback.

Anthony Perea threw for a score and added a touchdown run as well to lead Sierra in its first statement game of the season.

“Anthony did a very good job leading our offense,” Sierra head coach Dan Duke said.

Sierra’s defense was led by Bret Wilson, Willie Johanson, Ty Thiel and Will Ward and the squad got a pair of huge special teams plays out of Austin Acker and Ryan Mootz. Boht Mootz and Acker were able to record momentum swinging punt blocks in the contest, pushing Sierra into prime position for the VOL win.

Manteca sat during halftime trailing the Timberwolves 20-14, but could not get anything going offensively, pushing across their final score in the fourth quarter when Alex Martinez found B.J. Odell for a 31-yard touchdown.

Martinez had a solid night, going 14-for-24, 174 yards and two TDs.

“I’m really proud of my team,” head coach Adam Liel said. “They fought hard all night and never gave up.

“We made it exciting at the end when we could have just folded. That showed a lot of character.”

Sierra will try and expand on its dominance in league play, playing host to the Central Valley Hawks. The Buffaloes will have their hands full meeting up for a home VOL showdown with the Sonora Wildcats.

Weston Ranch 14, East Union 0
The Cougars put together their most complete effort of the season defensively, shutting out the East Union Lancers 14-0 to improve to 1-1 in VOL action.

Weston Ranch suffered a tough loss to the Manteca Buffaloes a week ago, yet were able to bounce back with a strong performance in front of the homecoming crowd. Donnell Simms made solid contributions on offense and sealed the deal with a late fourth quarter touchdown.

The Cougars (1-1 VOL, 3-2 overall) are making strides in the right direction and have reason to believe they can turn some heads on the rest of the VOL schedule.

“I’ve been proud of my guys all year,” head coach Justin Woodward said. “They have shown true character after finishing 0-10 last year.

“I am very pleased with the way they’re preparing and the way they’re performing.”

Calaveras 7, Ripon 0
Ripon High showed no quit in the squad’s first loss of the season, but it simply wasn’t enough to fend off a visiting Calaveras High team.

The Indians battled to a 0-0 tie at the half, yet the Redskins asserted themselves to open the second  half, driving the length of the field for the game’s only score. Calaveras put together an impressive five-minute drive concluding in a short yardage rushing score that would prove to be the difference in Ripon’s final non-league tune-up.

The Indians (4-1) would not go quietly, mustering up a late fourth quarter drive that would eventually stall at midfield with a Calaveras sack with 1:47 remaining in the game.

Ripon will look to bounce back with a Trans Valley League opening win over the Hughson Huskies on the road.