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Cowboys JV, rookies win league titles
Manteca Chargers running back Darien East runs past a Chavez defender for a touchdown during the Delta Youth Football League Novice Super Bowl at Bear Creek High on Sunday. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity could not get its offense on track Saturday and lost 29-6 to the Tracy Rampage in the Central Valley Youth Football and Cheer Super Bowl at Dino Cunial Field.

Tommy Perea (13 carries, 60 yards) scored the lone Manteca touchdown on a 5-yard run in the first quarter. Jordan Serbousek added 14 carries on 90 yards.

Fernando Alaniz led the Jr. Timberwolves defense with 16 tackles. Serbousek added 12 stops, Perea 11, Anthony Garcia (interception) 10, Sal Ellis and Bryson McMichaels eight apiece and Colten Peterson six.

Junior varsity

Manteca Cowboys 7, Modesto Raiders 0

Sometimes all it takes is one.

In the second quarter, Cowboys quarterback Anthony Morales was looking to pass and decided to keep it, pulling the ball down and running it in for the lone score of the game.

Quinn Martinez and Blake Mount were the workhorses for Manteca with Martinez picking up 122 yards on 15 carries with two receptions for 28 yards and Mount had 97 yards on 12 carries with 55 yards on two catches. Morales completed seven passes for 129 yards.

Dylan Stonum, Christopher Gallego, Izik Quezada, Santana Stevenson and Landon Butler also contributed on offense for the Cowboys.

Gavin Goodwin led the stingy Manteca defense with 16 tackles. Isaac Alvarez added 15 stops, Brandon Sena 13, Julian Perez (interception), Stevenson and Isaac Alvaraz 12 apiece; Gallego, Mount and Jeremy Ap’e nine each; Robbie Espinoza (interception) and Stonum seven apiece and five each for Martinez, Damon Reese and Joshua Reyes.


Cowboys 18, Rampage 6

The Cowboys avenged a 44-28 loss earlier in the season and for the first time all year the Rampage was held scoreless for the first half and the normally high-octane offense, averaging 40 points a game, was held to a single touchdown.

Nicco Juarez ground out 190 yards on 24 carries for Manteca with touchdown runs of 18 and 56 yards. Elias Lopez (five carries, 30 yards) scored on the opening drive for the Cowboys on a 6-yard run. Ricky Soria added 34 yards on three carries.

Juarez led the defense as well with 10 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Cayden Soliz, Devin Downey and Julian Ramirez added eight stops each with five for Jayden Davidson and three apiece for Julian Constance and Jonathan Constance.


Modesto Raiders 18, 

Cowboys 6

Terrence Montgomery’s two touchdowns were not enough for Manteca.

Montgomery gained 146 yards on 10 carries. Bryant Lewis and Isaac Estrada also contributed on offense.

Estrada and Jacob Lawson made six tackles apiece with Montgomery and Lewis both making five stops.


Chavez Jr. Titans novice 26, Manteca Chargers 18

STOCKTON — Back-to-back fourth-quarter touchdowns on consecutive touches by Darien East brought Manteca close but not close enough in the Super Bowl loss at Bear Creek High’s Podesto Field. 

The Chargers buried themselves in a hole with three lost fumbles, but East’s fourth-period resurgence made things interesting. With Manteca trailing 26-6 after three quarters and East (eight carries, 191 yards) having zero yards on his last five five carries he bolted 54 yards on the first play of the final period to make the score 26-12. Less than three minutes later East scampered 65 yards for the final score of the game.

East gave Manteca a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 72-yard run. 

Nicolas Holt led the Chargers with 12 tackles. Dominic Roa added nine stops, East and Isaiah Herrera six apiece, Pedro Vejar five and three each for Michael Torio and Robbie McDonald.