After missing his first eight passes Friday night, Ripon’s Trent Vink finished going 11 of his last 13 passing and led the Indians to two fourth-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 13-13 tie with Livingston in Trans-Valley League junior varsity action at Stouffer Field.
Defense played a big part in the fourth-quarter comeback. With 6:50 left in the game, Branden Molthen stuffed a fourth-down attempt by the Wolves, setting up a 32-yard touchdown pass from Vink (11 of 21 passing, 138 yards) to Andre Toledo (six catches, 63 yards) to tie the game at 13-13 with 5:17 left in the game. Ricardo Ochoa stopped any chance for last-second Livingston heroics with an interception on the last play of the game.
With 9:19 remaining in the fourth period, Vink got Ripon on the board with a 54-yard scoring strike to Molthen (three catches, 58 yards). Ethan Day also contributed to the Indians offense.
Cesar Castellanos led the Ripon defense with six tackles and an interception. Molthen added five stops, Emiliano Acosta four and Ochoa three. Jacob Wallace made an interception and Day made a sack on a muffed snap on a punt by Livingston. Thirteen different Indians made tackles.
Manteca 20, Oakdale 7
OAKDALE – In a battle of Valley Oak League unbeatens, the Buffaloes came up with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to come from behind and hand the Mustangs a loss at the Corral.
All three Manteca touchdowns came through the air. Jonathan Rosas (8 of 10 passing, 91 yards)
connected with Khalid Robinson (three receptions, 59 yards; 18 carries, 47 yards) on a 30-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and Rosas iced the game with a minute left when he spotted Alejandro Tornero (four receptions, 28 yards) with a 28-yard touchdown throw.
Zach Todd put the Buffaloes ahead early in the fourth quarter when he scored on a 31-yard pass from Robinson. Aijah Cota also contributed on offense.
Tornero forced a fumble and made an interception. Calvin Ramsey (three tackles) recovered a fumble, Mason Gandy (two tackles) forced a fumble and Dominic Alvarez made four tackles.
Central Catholic 43, East Union 35
Luke Weaver’s five touchdowns were not enough for the Lancers in a shootout at Dino Cunial Field.
Weaver (five carries, 51 yards; 10 of 17 passing, 226 yards) tallied East Union’s first two touchdowns on the ground with 10- and 19-yard runs. Weaver added touchdown throws of 50 and 57 yards to Adam Tinnerello (six receptions, 176 yards) and 23 yards to Gustavo Delgadillo.
Payton Graham made seven tackles for the Lancers, Xavier Mendez six and Gannon Anderson grabbed an interception.
Sierra 14, Escalon 7
Ben Wheeler ground out 112 yards on 13 carries for the Timberwolves in the non-league contest.
Sierra scored on a 15-yard pass from Luke Abrew to Brenden Rapisura and on a 28-yard pass from Abrew to Marcelo Morales.
Morales made 11 tackles, Ryan Torres 10, Josh Martinez nine, Mathias Curry three with a fumble recovery and Victory Serna had an interception.