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Cowboys conqueror Tracy Bucs in battle of unbeatens
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The Manteca Cowboys had their way with the Tracy Buccaneers in this battle of unbeatens, rolling to a 27-0 victory. Manteca is now 4-0 in NorCal Youth Football & Cheer.

Nikko Juarez had highlights on both sides of scrimmage, rushing for 106 yards on nine carries. Much of his yardage came on a 63-yard scoring scamper. He also had a 47-yard fumble-recovery return for the first points of the game.

Mehtaab Banghu connected with Gabriel Lopez and Julian Ramirez for touchdown passes of 33 and 10 yards, respectively. Dean Sortonis added seven carries for 40 yards to the attack.

Damien Delgadillo led the defense with five tackles. Julian Ramirez (fumble recovery) and Matayo De la Rosa had four stops apiece. Lopez recorded a sack.

 

Junior varsity

Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 52,

Ceres Bulldogs 0

Quarterback Brody Carabello threw for four touchdowns and ran in one more in the blowout. He also racked up 228 all-purpose yards along with 10 tackles, three for losses, a sack and forced fumble on defense.

The offensive line of Brennan McMichael, Logan Qualls, Brixton Ortiz, Keoni Oliver, Jose Rivera and Isileli Lolohea paved the way for 410 yards of production.

Leiland Riggleman accounted for 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Bode Hiatt had three total touches from scrimmages for 84 yards and two scores. Brixton Ortiz (eight carries, 85 yards), Alex Espinoza (5-57) and Blake Scalese (37 yards receiving) each contributed a touchdown.

Defensively, Espinoza (fumble recovery) and McMichael (two tackles for losses) recorded seven tackles apiece. Gabe Gonzalez intercepted two passes.

 

Cowboys 20, Buccaneers 6

Defense was Manteca’s best offense.

The Cowboys scored all of their points in the first half, and the defense continued to dominate from there. Elias Lopez opened scoring in the first half with a 14-yard touchdown and the ensuing point-after kick. The scoring scamper was set up by Caden Miller’s fumble recovery.

The defense contributed directly to both of the team’s TDs in the second quarter, as Devin Cortinas rambled 48 yards on a scoop-and-score after a strip sack from Antonio Sanchez. Jonathan Morales later hit paydirt on a 36-yard pick-six.

Lopez finished with 61 yards on seven carries along with four tackles, three pass deflections and one interception. Morales registered nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Antonio Sanchez tallied eight tackles, while Miller had seven stops and a strip sack.

 

Rookies

Bulldogs 27, Jr. Buffaloes 26

Ceres scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to jump ahead. Grayson Keller’s 5-yard touchdown run and the point-after kick closed the Jr. Buffs to within a point. Manteca’s onside kick was unsuccessful with 30 seconds left.

Aris Masudi compiled 79 rushing, 25 receiving and two touchdowns. John Ellis ground out 72 yards on 15 carries and had a 70-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Brach Carabello completed two of three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Monoah Ellis posted eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Samuel Celli added five tackles and three sacks.

 

Starts

Cowboys 12, Buccaneers 6

Mateo Gavino anchored the attack with 155 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. He also paced the defense with seven tackles.

Adrian Agtarap contributed six tackles, and Jayden Ontai had five.