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Frosh Buffs ends season with blowout
Manteca’s Anthony Cota looks for running room. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The Manteca High freshman football team used three second quarter touchdowns to blow past East Union High 56-0 in the Valley Oak League’s final contest for the season.

The Buffaloes (6-1 VOL, 9-1 overall) built a 36-0 halftime lead, scoring on their first two offensive possessions on their way to victory. T.J. Galdos-Reis got things underway with a 20-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Ryan Fox and then teammate Anthony Cota broke loose for a 62-yard scoring run for a quick 14-0 lead.

“This was a great way to finish our season,” Manteca head coach Jon Shaefer said. “We finished the year at 9-1 which is a very successful season at any level.”

Cota would go on to add two more touchdowns, while teammate Angel Gomez scored on the ground from three yards out. Eddie Smith returned an East Union kick off 70-yards for a touchdown and then rumbled 39-yards after picking up an East Union fumble for another score.

Sierra 26, W. Ranch 20
The Timberwolves jumped out to a 20-8 halftime lead and even with a valiant second half effort, the Cougars were unable to grab the lead, falling in the season ender by a touchdown.

Sierra scored on two first quarter possessions and seemingly put the game out of reach when Tyler-Ray Hewitt scored on a 22-yard run minutes before the half. Weston Ranch would not go quietly, pushing across a late fourth quarter touchdown to cut the Timberwolves’ lead to 20-14.

“Our guys did a great job of playing four quarters,” Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith said. “We battled back after being down 20, and that showed a great deal of physical and mental toughness.

“We were really proud of our guys.”

The Timberwolves (5-2 VOL, 7-2 overall) put together an impressive run through the VOL schedule, closing out the season with a win was the ideal scenario for the incoming group of Sierra’s football foundation.

“We were able to come out and have a good first period,” Sierra head coach Walter Brookshire said. “Weston Ranch did a good job in containing our running game to just 83 yards.”