The Manteca Jaguars remained in a four-way tie for first place in the Central California Youth Football League’s NFC Division.
The varsity squad took care of business Saturday at Sierra High’s Daniel M. Teicheira Memorial Stadium, trouncing the Turlock Vikings, 50-0.
The Jaguars relied on a stingy defense coupled with an explosive offense.
Kody Justis spearheaded the defense, recovering two fumbles and registering eight tackles.
Shaheen Argand, playing his first game since coming off an injury, had four stops.
Armando Herrera and Marcos Castillo had three tackles apiece while Michael Relloque, Angel Chavez, and Herrera each forced fumbles.
Relloque and Mario Gonzalez each had one fumble recovery.
Offensively, Mark Paule sparked the ground game with 140 yards. He scored Manteca’s first touchdown on the opening possession.
Castillo, who chipped in with 68 yards and a TD, also connected on a 40-yard field goal.
“We were very confident in Castillo’s kicking ability,” coach Mark Paule said. “He kicks with little effort and is still very accurate.
“I’m sure that with no wind in his face, he can kick the ball much further.”
In addition, Damon Lynch scored a TD, Justis had a 36-yard score, and Noah Moral finished with 27 yards.
Atwater Falcons, Merced Bears, Modesto Bears and Manteca share identical 3-1 records, with the Jaguars hosting the Falcons this weekend.
Vikings 20, Jaguars 14 OT
John Cohen rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and Gerson Gomez added 56 yards on the ground in Manteca’s overtime loss to Turlock.
The Vikings, who are 5-0 in the AFC, share the top spot with the Ceres Seahawks.
On defense, the Jaguars (2-2) were led by Cohen – he had an interception along with four tackles – Kobe Shippley and Edward Santos, who were credited with six tackles each.
Tydus Verhoeven and Benjamin Rea chipped in with three tackles apiece while Brandon Zarate recovered a fumble.
Vikings 22, Jaguars 0
Manteca gave it their all but fell short against the defending Super Bowl champion Turlock.
The Jaguars employed a well-balanced attack.
Offensively, Manteca may have struggled a bit, according to coach Alfonso Acuna, but Jaylen Jackson still managed 30 yards.
Angel Garay paced the defense with six stops, with Jackson and Mauricio Grajeda chipping in with four tackles each.
Anthony James, Jonathan Dunn, Dominic Wolfson and Miguel Sequeira also contributed on defense.
Vikings 14, Jaguars 0
Jaimare Wayne had 10 tackles and Zelma Veddar accounted for seven stops in Manteca’s loss to Turlock.
Keyshawn Robinson, Josh Herbert and Lorenzo Ceja chipped in with three tackles each.