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Lathrop Jr. Spartans varsity drops Super Bowl contest
Jeremy Buck of the Lathrop Jr. Spartans grabs a South Stockton Vikings runner as Josiah Pena comes in to assist in the DYFL Super Bowl on Sunday as the Vikings prevailed 48-6 at Bear Creek Highs Podesto Field. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/ The Bulletin

STOCKTON – The Lathrop Jr. Spartans varsity had problems finding their groove Sunday and lost 48-6 to the South Stockton Vikings in the DYFL Super Bowl at Bear Creek High’s Podesto Field. 

“I’m incredibly proud of the boys,” Lathrop coach Brent Maynor said. “We played our hearts out all season and I am blessed to have been their coach this season. 

“They are an amazing bunch of kids and there is more heart on this team than any team I’ve ever coached. I would coach them over any other team, and I look forward to coaching them next year at Lathrop High.” 

Just when Lathrop would appear to have the Vikings stopped, South Stockton would explode with the big play. Five of the six South Stockton offensive touchdowns came on plays of 40 yards or longer, and the normally high-octane Spartans offense was held completely in check, racking up negative yardage on the day. 

Lyon Colon had the one bright spot for Lathrop, returning a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Benjamin Ruvalcaba led the Spartans defense with six tackles followed by Colon and Jeremy Buck with three