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Sierra blasts Lancers
Manteca tops Weston Ranch in VOL action
Sierra High running back Jayson Manuta gets into open space during the Timberwolves’ freshman football contest against visiting East Union Thursday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
There are few ways to top how the Sierra High freshman football team opened its 2009 Valley Oak League season, handling the East Union Lancers with ease in a 40-0 shellacking Thursday at Sierra High.

The Timberwolves (1-0 VOL, 3-1 overall) opened league play in style behind a gritty performance from Tyler-Ray Hewitt. Hewiit was good for four touchdowns in the contest, scoring on a reception, two rushing plays and returning a kick to the end zone in the lopsided win.

The Lancers were unable to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, failing to record any positive yardage in the loss. East Union walked into the halftime intermission trailing 26-0, making a come-from-behind win highly unlikely in its first VOL action.

Sierra will look to keep their season mark unblemished when the Timberwolves pay a visit to the Manteca Buffaloes, who are coming off a league-opening win as well, Thursday at Manteca High.

“We will have to work on our penalties,” Sierra coach Walter Brookshire said. “We cannot afford to make mistakes like that if we want to keep winning football games.

“We meet the Buffs’ next week at their house, so we need to play Sierra football like it’s supposed to be played.”

The Lancers will look to get back on track with a strong showing against Weston Ranch at home.

Manteca 39, Weston Ranch 0 (Freshman)
The Manteca Buffaloes built a 18-point halftime lead and never looked back, destroying the Weston Ranch Cougars 39-0 in both school’s VOL opener.

Manteca (1-0 VOL, 4-0 overall) got a breakout performance from running back Anthony Cota who rushed for over 200 yards on just 19 carries, scoring on runs of two, six, 22, 26 and 50 yards against a helpless Weston Ranch defense.

“We were dominant in every phase of the football game,” Manteca head coach Jon Shaefer said. “This was probably one of the most physically dominating games I’ve seen in my 15 years of coaching freshman football at Manteca High.”

The Cougars were unable to muster up any success on the offensive end, with the Buffaloes defense rolling on all cylinders behind the play of Eddie Smith who contributed a dozen tackles, including a pair of sacks.

Roger Rhodes snatched an interception for Manteca, while teammate Jeremy Randall did so as well, running his interception back for a Buffaloe touchdown.

The Buffaloes will need a repeat performance if they plan on remaining unbeaten after a highly-anticipated showdown with the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday.

“This was a great way to start off VOL play,” Shaefer said. “And now we look forward to this week’s inter-city rival game against (Sierra High).”