The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves’ novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday’s overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Cota had 34 rushes for 175 yards and three touchdowns, the last of which came from 2 yards out and iced the Delta Youth Football League win for the still-unbeaten Jr. Timberwolves. They clinched the No. 1 seed for the postseason with two regular-season games remaining.
Francisco Murillo contributed 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He and Cota benefitted from stout line play from Robert Gayton, Everett Hunter, Nikko Nunezz, Jessica Perea and Noah Ramil, who helped the Jr. T’Wolves dominate time of possession for 30-plus minutes.
DeAnthony Houston, Hunter and Murillo led the way for the defense.