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Frosh Buffaloes rolls over Central Valley
A Sierra High ball carrier tries to break a tackle. - photo by HIME ROMERO
CERES – The Manteca High freshman football team took the opening possession in for a touchdown and never looked back, rolling to an easy Valley Oak League victory, 48-7, over Central Valley High.

Anthony Cota raced 30 yards for the Buffaloes first score and would later add touchdown runs of 25-yards and five-yards in the win. Cota also made good on his second defensive touchdown of the season when her picked off a Central Valley pass returning it 40-yards for the touchdown.

“We were dominant in every phase of the football game tonight,” Manteca head coach Jon Shaefer said. “We scored six touchdowns on offense, one on defense and one on special teams.

“You can’t ask for much more than that from your football team.”

The Buffaloes (5-1 VOL, 8-1 overall) will look to close out the season on a strong note with a win over crosstown rival East Union on Thursday

Oakdale 41, Sierra 6
The Mustangs held the upper hand for the entire contest, jumping out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruising to victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

The Timberwolves (4-2 VOL, 6-2 overall) were finally able to get on the board late in the third quarter when Tyler-Ray Hewitt broke loose for a 62-yard touchdown.

“We could not get anything going,” Sierra head coach Walter Brookshire said. “And when we did we turned the ball over, giving Oakdale great field position advantage to take it in for the score.

“Against a good team you cannot give them any type of an advantage.”

Ceres 34, East Union 20
The Bulldogs opened the contest with a successful on-side kick attempt and promptly drove in for an 8-0 lead, sending East Union into urgency and motivating the squad for arguably its best performance of the VOL season.

East Union tied things up sending the two teams into halftime with a 14-14 tie, but Ceres would hold the advantage the rest of the way, outscoring the Lancers by two touchdowns over the final 20 minutes for the league victory.

“What an exciting game to be a part of,” East Union head coach Eddie Koeller said. “Both teams wanted this game really bad. We played our hearts out (Thursday), these  young men never give up.”

Jerimiah Preston had a phenomenal performance, turning in a game-high 281 yards of total offense. Preston had 91 yards rushing, 50 yards receieivng and more than 100 yards of return yardage to go along with two touchdowns.

The Lancers will look to close out the VOL season with something to smile about as they play host to the crosstown rival Manteca Buffaloes Thursday at Dino Cunial Stadium.