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Indians physical run game too much for Spartans
Logan Orlando prepares to throw for the Ripon freshmen in a 46-7 Indians win over host Lathrop on Thursday in non-league action at Bennie Gatto Field. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

RIPON — Lathrop answered Ripon’s first touchdown Thursday but could not find the end zone again as the visiting Indians rolled to a 46-7 non-league freshman football win at Bennie Gatto Field.

Logan Orlando threw to Brenden Fugit for a 28-yard touchdown on the game’s first series for a 6-0 lead for Ripon (4-0). Tremayne Willis gave the Spartans (0-3) a 7-6 lead on the next possession with 67-yard touchdown scamper that would be Lathrop’s lone score.

The Ripon ground game was overpowering, racking up 378 yards on 37 carries. Ryan Wilson gobbled up 180 of those yards on eight touches with a 3-yard touchdown run to give the Indians the lead for good, an 8-yard scoring run, a 31-yard touchdown run and a 92-yard scoring gallop on the last play of the second quarter for a 34-7 halftime lead.

Bryce Kinsey added 81 yards on 14 carries with an 8-yard scoring run. Jack Nelson rounded out the Ripon scoring parade with a 23-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Willis finished with 76 yards on 10 carries and teammate Anthony Blasé’ completed 3 of 9 passes for 71 yards.

Manteca 34, Argonaut 11

The Buffaloes scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for the non-league road win on Thursday.

In the third quarter with Manteca’s lead having shrunk from 14-0 to 14-11, Devin Gonzales scored from 3 yards out for his second touchdown of the day to boost the Buffaloes lead to 20-11.

Manteca (3-1) iced the game in the fourth period with a 60-yard scoring scamper by Gerson Gomez and a 3-yard touchdown plunge by James Thomas. After a scoreless first quarter, the Buffaloes took a 14-0 lead in the second period on an 8-yard touchdown run by Gonzales and a 45-yard touchdown pass from Gomez to Kameron Beamon.

Francisco Salcedo had a fumble recovery for Manteca and Eddie Santos an interception.

Downey 14, East Union 6

The Knights scored twice early and the Lancers could not bounce back.

Angel Sena found Isaiah Cormier with a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for the lone East Union score.

The Lancers ran for 16 yards with Sena picking up 44, Miguel Lopez 40 and Jake Harries 35. Sena had 62 passing yards.

Lopez made seven tackles, Deon Mackson five and Cormier and Harries four each. Harries had two interceptions, Cormier one and Joseph Reynaga recovered a fumble.