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Jr. Buffaloes edge Bucs in overtime thriller
A Lathrop Titan defender closes in on Northwest Trojan running back Lester Williams during a Delta Youth Football League junior varsity game at Lathrop High Sunday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Every point counted in the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes’ 44-38 triple-overtime victory over the Tracy Buccaneers in Trans Valley Youth Football League action Saturday at Sierra High.

Mathew Wilkerson piled up 129 rushing yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in the third overtime, and Michael Hatfield nailed key conversion kicks.

“Without the PATs from Michael Hatfield, we would have lost the game,” Manteca coach Shawn Carter said. “He showed great concentration and finished three (kicks) to tie the game up. That is hard at any level for a kicker to do.”

Hector Soto added 89 yards for the offense, and garret DeVillenueva returned a punt 75 yards to paydirt to give the Buffaloes a second half lead after Tracy led 14-8 at halftime. The defense set up the go-ahead score by holding Tracy’s offense on its first drive of the third quarter.

On defense, Chuck Good recorded a key sack, his second of the contest, in the second overtime period and finished with seven tackles.

DeVillenueva added six tackles.

“The front line in overtime was tremendous,” Carter said. “We moved right through the Bucs defense on two plays in each overtime. That is how determined our boys were to win this game.”

Cowboys 34, Ravens 0
Manteca’s Cowboys (6-0) hit on all cylinders offensively, while the defense recorded its fifth straight shutout at Weston Ranch High Saturday. Chris Hocker helped preserve the shutout by stopping a Ravens player at the 5-yard line following a pass completion, and the Cowboys stuffed Weston Ranch on four downs to end the game.

Hocker, also the starting quarterback, completed six of eight passes for 125 yards and two TDs to Mikey Gonzalez. Gabe Munoz led the ground attack with 67 yards on six touches and scored on a 75-yard punt return. Marcus Radovan (five carries, 55 yards) and Adrien Bennett (two carries, 62 yards) each contributed a TD.

Radovan led the defense with 12 tackles and also blocked a punt and forced a fumble. Other defensive standouts include: Gonzalez (nine tackles, INT), Luckie Cardova (six tackles, FR, FF), L.J. Alofaituli (six tackles, two sacks), Issac McClain (five tackles, two sacks), Mike Nascimento (five tackles, two sacks) and Billy Sharmoug (eight tackles, sack).

Manteca hosts the Weston Ranch Eagles at Manteca High this weekend for its next Tri-Valley Conference contest.


Jaguars 42, Packers 14
Lechi Nkwocha was unstoppable for the Manteca Jaguars (2-1 conference, 3-2 overall), as he rushed for a whopping 303 yards and three TDs on 17 attempts in Central California League action at Hilmar High. Marcos Huerta and Marcos Fernandez each added a rushing score.

Nkwocha was just as stellar on the defensive end, where he had two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered it, and returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. Bryce Ison was also a big-play machine, picking off two passes, deflecting two others and recovering a fumble.

Edward Gomez tied Nkwocha for the team lead with five tackles, Andrew Guevara blocked a conversion attempt and Angel Villalobos forced a fumble.

Buccaneers 24, Jr. Buffs 0
The Jr. Buffaloes made it a game thanks to the defense, but the offense couldn’t punch in any points despite Angel Perez and Alex Martell rushing for a combined 99 yards.

Anthony Galletta (sack) and Eric Washburn each turned in a four tackles to pace the defense, and Shaheen Argand added a sack.

Rebels 40, Bears 0
Devin Nunez led the Delta Rebels’ Delta Youth Football League blowout of Stockton at Manteca High Saturday with 194 all-purpose yards and three touchdown tosses —  two to Chad Ott, and the other to Josh Sanchez.

Sanchez ended up with 87 receiving yards and a 30-yard touchdown. C.J. Manning added two conversion points to the total.

Nunez was also the defensive leader with eight tackles. Mario Maher recovered two fumbles, and Frankie Lopez rolled up a pair of sacks.

Cowboys 20, Ravens 0
It was another day, another shutout for the 6-0 Cowboys, who have yet to give up a single point this season. Demarier Blackwell’s nine tackles led the team, and Alberto Ioiza added eight.

Nate Arriola spearheaded the offense with nine rushes for 92 yards and a score. Jonathon Montoya and Donicio Samoy each punched in a TD, and Nick Luchetti rumbled for 122 yards on 12 carries.


Chargers 32, 49ers 18
The host Modesto 49ers struck first, but the Manteca Chargers countered with four unanswered scores to race away to victory Saturday. LaDondi Ceasaer scampered for four touchdowns spanning 5, 27, 27 and 50 yards. Marcus Rivas added a 55-yard TD run.

Jonathan Shaefer led the defense with two quarterback sacks and a blocked conversion kick. Devin Gonzalez and was also in on a sack, and Scott Teicheira recovered a fumble.

Rebels 32, Bears 0
Emilio Anaya scored two touchdowns while leading the Rebels’ defense with eight tackles. Nikko Anaya also ran in a TD while converting a point-after kick and recording six stops on defense.

Christopher Contreras and Delvon Bradford chipped in a touchdown apiece. Anthony Rosales and Brian Contreras had five tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. Derek Range, Brandon Michell and Elijah Sanchez added four apiece.

Cowboys 25, Ravens 6
Seuseu Alofatuli rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and had eight tackles and two sacks to help the Cowboys improve to 5-1 on the season.

Darrin Young ran the ball 10 times for 70 yards and a score. Kyle Westley also ran in a TD.

Manteca’s swarming defense was led by Angle Sena (sack) and Joseph Dunham with five tackles apiece. Devin Young chipped in four tackles and broke up four passes.


Ravens 27, Cowboys 12
The Manteca Cowboys were defeated despite Tony Rosilo’s 170 yards and two TDs on 16 carries, and Eric Nascimento’s five sacks. Anthony Martinez recorded three sacks.

— Jonamar Jacinto