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Varsitys NYFL title defense starts with rout
Kevin Cunningham of the Manteca Cowboys forces Central Valley Trojan Josh Garcia to fumble in Saturday’s National Youth Football League opener at Manteca High. The varsity Cowboys coasted, 58-0. - photo by Photo By Dave Campbell
Quarterback Chris Hocker broke off a 35-yard run for a touchdown on the Manteca Cowboys’ first play from scrimmage of the National Youth Football League season Saturday at Manteca High.

That, as it turned out, was all the Cowboys needed in the varsity contest, as the defending NYFL Super Bowl champions blasted the Central Valley Trojans, 58-0.

Hocker and the Cowboys continued to pour it on at the start of the second half, this time doing so with his arm. John Robertson was on the receiving end of a 75-yard catch-and-run that padded Manteca’s comfortable lead to five scores.

Gabe Munoz, Kevin Cunningham, Malik Lott and Kashan Andrews each chipped in a touchdown run, and they went for 5, 21, 6 and 15 yards, respectively. The Cowboys racked up 207 yards of offense to Central Valley’s 15 and scored on every possession.

The defense also contributed to the score.

Cunningham anchored Manteca’s defensive effort, finishing with four tackles, a forced fumble, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery that resulted in a TD. Donicio Samoy ran back an interception 20 yards for another score.

LJ Alofaituli and Munoz each recorded seven tackles. Adrien Bennet, Kaileb Davis and Lott added four apiece.

Manteca next plays Aug. 14 in Modesto to meet the Jets.

Cowboys 31, Trojans 0
Kyle Westly had a busy day. On offense, he rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. Defensively, he contributed five tackles to the shutout, and on special teams he took a punt 65 yards to paydirt.

Ronald Wright had three rushes go for 80 yards and a TD. He also had an interception return of 45 yards for another score and was one of four Cowboys to finish with six tackles.

Jake Harries led the defense with seven tackles. AJ Martinez, Elijah Mounger and Matthew Pilkay each had six stops. Andrew Sena recorded four tackles and an interception.

Cowboys 19, Trojans 0
Manteca had two 100-yard rushers, but it was the defense that shined.

Presley Demello amassed 24 tackles, two forced fumbles and a recovery to spearhead the shutout. Joshua Mounger chimed in with five tackles.

Kimoni Stanley scampered for 100 yards and two TDs on eight carries. Tony Rosillo rushed 11 times for 133 yards and a score.

— Jonamar Jacinto