It was the offensive line of the Manteca Chargers that anchored an explosion that helped Manteca run away with a 26-12 win over crosstown rival Delta Rebels Saturday at East Union High.
Nick Osegura and Marcus Rivas each snuck their way through holes in the line to find the end zone, and quarterback Emilio Anaya had enough time in the pocket to find Bobby Bratton for a score that helped the Chargers (6-1) take one step closer to the Delta Youth Football League postseason.
The Charger’s defense also proved to be an asset by holding the Rebels to a lone touchdown for the majority of the game. Their second score came late after victory had all been assured for their opponent.
“The Rebels were never really in the game. We are clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball,” said Chargers head coach Scott Bratton. “It was great to come into their field on their homecoming and dominate the game. I’m really proud of the team and this performance.”
Jr. Spartans 36, Jr. Titans 0
After jumping out to a three-touchdown lead, Lathrop went into cruise control and relied on its stingy defense to ice the homecoming victory.
Homecoming king Michael Ramos finished the day with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown on only five carries. He also caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from RJ Tisdell (3 of 5, 97 yards, two TDs).
Vince Spruell also found the end zone twice for the Junior Spartans and amassed 107 yards in the process. Tyreke James rounded out the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown catch. He also rushed for 63 yards.
Thomas Cantu led the defense with an interception, and Antonio Garcia recovered a fumble.
Chargers 41, Rebels 13
After jumping out to a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, the Manteca Chargers were able to cruise to a victory over their intracity rival Saturday afternoon.
The offensive line of Mondo Torres, Xavier Perry, Jacob Welsh, Jacob Martin and Dominic Alvarez helped open the holes for the Chargers backs to slip through, and by dominating both sides of the ball managed to shut down the Rebels at the line of scrimmage.
At the end of the day the Chargers would have six touchdowns to their credit with a total of five successful conversion attempts to keep their bragging rights as well as their hopes for a playoff berth alive.