The host Ceres Seahawks not only had to worry about keeping the Manteca Jaguars’ offense from scoring, but the defense as well.
Through sacks, safeties and blocked punts the Jaguars absolutely decimated the host Seahawks 40-0 in a divisional matchup Saturday. It was the third straight divisional win for the Jaguars (6-1) which compounded on the stingy defensive front they got rolling last week in Merced.
“The defense scored points and put our offense in great position to score,” said Jaguars head coach Mark Paule. “Our defensive coaching staff has done great all year in preparing the team for each game.”
Mike Relloque helped provide a much-needed boost by adding a pair of blocked punts to his six tackles to give the Jaguars even better field position when the offense came back out. Shaheen Argand and Alonso Garcia each recorded safeties.
Mark Paule Jr. found the end zone twice – from 2 and 7 yards out – to finish the game with 55 yards on 10 carries. Kody Justis tallied 29 yards on eight carries. Austin Miller connected with Adrian Aflleje on an 18-yard touchdown pass.
“This was a great team effort where all aspects of the game contributed to the win,” Paule said.
The Jaguars’ next test will come on Saturday at Sierra High School when they host the undefeated Modesto Broncos.
Jaguars 18, Seahawks 12
Gerson Gomez and Tydus Verhoeven proved to be the winning combination on Saturday.
Gomez, who passed for 115 yards on the day, connected with Verhoeven on three touchdown strikes that helped steer the Jaguars to victory. Carlos Perez also had a catch of 40 yards that helped setup the game-winning touchdown.
Kobe Shippley led the defense with three sacks and three tackles for losses; and Perez had an interception. Israel Garay also contributed with four tackles for loss.
Jaguars 0, Seahawks 0
Zelmar Vedder was all over the place for the Manteca Jaguar rookies on Saturday.
He rushed for 111 yards and had seven tackles to add to his pair of quarterback sacks.
But despite his standout play, the Jaguars and the Ceres Seahawks were unable to score before time expired.
Jaimare Wayne finished the game with five tackles while Lorenzo Ceja had four to do along with the 60-yard catch he pulled in from Josh Herbert. Isaiah Roa also had a sack.
Wayne rushed for 37 yards and Ceja finished with 29.