All four levels of the Manteca Cowboys advanced to the NorCal All-American Youth Football League’s conference title game this weekend.
The junior varsity squad is looking for a three-peat after earning two straight in the National Youth Football League. The Cowboys, who will play Fremont Huskies at Manteca High’s Guss Schmiedt Field, are coming off a 43-0 victory over the Pacheco Panthers last Saturday.
Manteca (10-0) was led by Angel Sena and Brandon Arreola. Sena completed 11 pass for 146 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had nine tackles, three forced fumbles, and on recovery for a score. Arreola rushed for 77 yards on five attempts with two TDs. He also added two PAT kicks and seven tackles.
Sena gave the Cowboys the early lead, hitting Gabriel Francisco on a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Francisco had 37 yards rushing, 46 receiving and eight tackles.
Arreola, who connected on the point-after kick, scored moments later on a 32-yard run.
In the second quarter, Sena hooked up with Kyle Wesley on a 12-yard pass and later scooped up a fumble and scored a defensive touchdown.
Ahead 28-0 at the half, Manteca went back to work in the third quarter, with Sena finding Marcus Panelo, who also had 63 yards rushing, on a 32-yard scoring strike.
Arreola capped off his day with a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Ethan Estrada and Joshua Urteaga had a fumble recovery and forced fumble, respectively.
Devin Young had eight tackles while Panelo, Urteaga, Domingo Vargas, Cade Smith and Da’Shae Henderson had six tackles each.
Cowboys 54, Panthers 0
Parker Caston scored three touchdowns on runs of 75, 84 and 20 yards.
Justin Scoz finished with 83 yards rushing including a 10-yard score. Mykail Redman, who tallied 20 yards, delivered on a 4-yard scoring run.
Quarterback Nillo Yuson had 64 yards passing and two TDs — one to Seth Santos and the other to Redman — and 50 yards rushing including one good for a 31-yard TD run.
Defensively, Manny Santos, Maliq Johnson, Val Gomez, Donicio Samoy and Scoz had three tackles. Brian Galvan and Darrion Parnell had an interception each while Yuson and Santos came through with a fumble recovery apiece.
Cowboys 43, Panthers 0
Matthew Pilkay got the ball rolling for Manteca with a touchdown in the opening drive. Quarterback Manuel Guerrero completed a scoring pass to Jovani Oliva on the Cowboys’ next possession.
Defensively, Seth Owing, who also rushed for 34 yards, delivered on a quarterback sack. Nicholas Stanley recovered a fumble and ran it back for a TD. Melvin McCoy chipped in by returning another fumble for a score.
At the half, the Cowboys held a commanding 35-0 advantage.
Manteca continued to roll in the second half. Majique Beerman scored his first rushing touchdown.
Presley DeMello hauled in a pass from Pilkay for the final score. He also came through with two field goals.
Mark Barnes added two tackles and recovered a fumble. Carlos Gonzalez had a quarterback sack. Klayton Torres, Andrew Sena, Brian Larkin and Aaron Sandhu also delivered on defense.
Cowboys 33, Panthers 0
Joelle Urtega, Joshua Grabowski, and Kimoni Stanley paced the ground game.
Urtega racked up 128 yards and scored two touchdowns. Grabowski had 89 yards rushing and eight yards receiving. He also had a TD. Stanley, who had three unassisted and three assisted tackles on defense, chipped in with 87 yards rush and a score.
Adam Sena added a TD to go along with his five tackles. Nico Cedolini led the Cowboys defense with six stops including two unassisted.