Manteca High’s sophomore football team didn’t need to complete a pass to get past Central Valley 24-14 in last Friday’s season opener for both squads.
The Buffaloes relied on their running game led by Darrion Kitson’s 118 yards on 21 carries. He also scored a touchdown while Marcus Rivas (12 rushes, 79 yards) accounted for two.
Quarterback Dakarai Charles was 0-for-2 passing but was still involved, contributing 69 yards on just six tries. Manteca accumulated 276 yards on 41 rushes for a 6.7-per-carry average.
Kitson excelled in all facets. He drilled both of his point-after kicks and recorded four tackles — one for a loss and another for a sack. Ronald Tijero (interception) and Ellijah Willis racked up six tackles each.
Manteca expects another stiff test from visiting Wilcox of Santa Clara.
Rocklin 3, Ripon Ch. 0
The Knights were presented a stern challenge to start their season last Friday, when they travelled to Rocklin for their annual showdown with one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s large-school powers. They fell 16-25, 12-25, 19-25.
Andie Shelton led RC with 16 assists, five kills and two aces. Teagan Manus contributed eight kills and two blocks.
East Union’s sophomore squad dominated en route to a 4-0 finish and Johansen Tournament championship. Wins were against Downey (25-16, 25-13), Central Valley (25-4, 25-7), Johansen (25-8, 25-8) and Riverbank (15-9, 15-9).
Deja Guzman was EU’s serving leader for the day, as 13 of her 31 points went for aces. Caitlin Olberman pitched in with five aces and Jordyn Posz had 20 points and two aces.
Mariah Jeffery, Edmi Lopez and Amy Gann paced the attack with nine, eight and seven, respectively. Alissa Burolla and Aiko Jones anchored the defense.
Titans 29, Rebels 19 (Jr. Novice)
David Juarez stood out on both sides of scrimmage against the Chavez Titans in Stockton. He rushed 13 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, and on defense he registered seven tackles and a sack.
Eric Sowards completed one pass for 12 yards and had 79 rushing yards to go with a TD. Wyatt DeFrenchi grinded out 66 yards and two TDs on 15 carries. Luis Rivera topped the defense with seven tackles, and Micah Saldana contributed a sack.