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Cowboys corral third straight varsity championship
Donicio Samoy of the Manteca Cowboys varsity team finds running room during a NorCal All-American Youth Football League playoff game at Manteca High on Nov. 12. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The varsity Super Bowl of the first-year NorCal All-American Youth Football League pitted the Manteca Cowboys’ high-octane offense against the Weston Ranch Falcons’ lockdown defense.

The Cowboys proved to be better in all facets.

Manteca captured its third straight league title in an impressive 22-8 win over the previously-unbeaten Falcons at Stockton’s Stagg High last Saturday.

Its previous two championships were earned in the National Youth Football League. The Cowboys (11-2) will look to defend their National Youth Football Championships crown in Las Vegas this weekend.

Donicio Samoy best illustrated the Cowboys’ all-around dominance on Saturday. On top of rushing for 40 yards, he returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown while leading the defense with seven tackles and two sacks.

Mykail Redman added 91 rushing yards, 45 coming on a scoring scamper. Nillo Yuson hooked up with Darrion Parnell for a 10-yard touchdown strike.

It wasn’t the explosive offensive effort that Manteca usually produces, but it was more than enough thanks to the defense. Steven Sanchez and Jaymz Jones each chipped in five tackles and a sack, while Brian Galvan intercepted two passes. Val Gomez recovered a fumble for another turnover. Payl Johnson and Justin Scoz each contributed a sack.

“We came out strong and put the pressure on them the whole game,” Manteca coach Eddie Lopez said.