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Jr. Buffs reach Central Valley Youth Super Bowl in three levels
Ripon Knights varsity wins TVYFL playoff opener
Jr. Buffaloes-Cowboys JV
The Jr. Buffaloes’ Vicente Diaz tries to shed the Cowboys’ Devin Cortinas (10). - photo by Dave Campbell

Brody Carabello was in on five touchdowns Saturday for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity in a 48-8 thumping of the Tracy Buccaneers on Saturday in Central Valley Youth Football and Cheer playoff action at Guss Schmiedt Field. Manteca will now participate in the CVYFC Super Bowl next Saturday against the Lodi Flames at Lathrop High School at 6 p.m.

Carabello (9 of 14 passing, 176 yards, three touchdowns; eight carries, 128 yards, two touchdowns) had touchdown passes of 11 yards to Leiland Riggelman, 12 yards to Josiah Moreno (three receptions, 56 yards) and 35 yards to Bode Hiatt (two receptions, 66 yards) as well as touchdown runs of 10 and 53 yards.

Adriel Cooks (six carries, 78 yards) added a 49-yard touchdown run and Brixton Menchaca-Ortiz (five carries, 23 yards; three receptions, 43 yards) tallied a 3-yard touchdown run.

Christian Chavez (interception) and Logan Qualls (forced fumble) made five tackles each for the Jr. Buffaloes with three apiece for Carabello (two fumble recoveries) and Cooks (forced fumble, three passes defended).


Ripon Knights 30, Patterson Jr. Tigers 16

With Ripon trailing 16-8. Xavier Powell returned the second-half kickoff 78 yards to ignite a second-half rally for the Knights varsity in the first week of the playoffs on Saturday at Patterson High School.

Ripon advances to the Trans-Valley Youth Football League semifinals on Saturday at Downey High in Modesto.

Powell gained 96 yards on 10 carries with touchdown runs of 26 and 40 yards. Stadtler Postma
was 6 of 11 passing for 143 yards with a touchdown pass to Xavier Powell (four receptions, 126 yards) of 65 yards. Chris Alfaro and Max Abrew contributed to the Knights offense.
Ryder Shelton paced the Ripon defense with 10 tackles, Joshue Gonzalez and Jax Booth added nine stops apiece, Joe Wallace eight and Drew Walker four. Powell, Abrew, Gunnar Fay, Kevin Torres, Cody Foster and Zander Rivera all contributed to the Knights defense.

Jr. Buffaloes-Cowboys JV
The Jr. Buffaloes’ Nicholas Jimenez (43) grabs the Cowboys’ Erian Johnson Jr. as Gabriel Ramirez (left) and Adrian Tamayo (28) come in to assist. - photo by Dave Campbell

Junior varsity

Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 8, Manteca Cowboys 6

The third time was the charm for the Jr. Buffaloes.

After losing to the Cowboys twice in the regular season and scoring just one time in those two games, the Jr. Buffaloes’ Vicente Diaz (18 carries, 159 yards) reversed his field on a broken play in the third quarter and raced 28 yards for a touchdown. Jayden Hernandez’s conversion kick punched the Jr. Buffaloes ticket to the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lathrop High.

Gabriel Ramirez and Santino Sanchez contributed to the Jr. Buffaloes offense.

Keoni Oliver led the Jr. Buffaloes offense with eight tackles followed by Sanchez with six, Diaz and Jimenez with five, Grayson Keller with four and three apiece for John Ellis, Jose Rivera and Adrian Tamayo and two each for Manoah Ellis and Nathan Reyes.

Johnathan Morales scored on a 5-yard run for the Cowboys in the fourth quarter and the Jr. Buffaloes defense stuffed the extra-point run.


Central Saints 45, Knights 8

Travis Maltes scored for Ripon on a 12-yard run.

Benjamin Sybesma, Jessy Vega, Johnathan Postma, and Brayden Dell'Osso all contributed to the Knights offense.

Ripon’s Hudson Anthony made six tackles with five each for Jack Schaapman, Nathan Fletcher and Jessy Vega. Cal DeBruin, David Van Kalveren and Zanr Thompson all contributed to the Knights offense.



Jr. Buffaloes 60, Cowboys 14

Quinnie Dunbar scored seven touchdowns for the Jr. Buffaloes in just about every way possible and the Jr. Buffaloes will face the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl on Saturday afternoon at 2.

Dunbar posted touchdown runs of 10, 35 and 40 yards, he also: threw an 18-yard halfback pass to DeShon Benton Jr. for a touchdown, returned an interception 40 yards for a score and returned kickoffs for 55- and 60-yard touchdowns. A.J. Haines threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Johnson and Benton Jr. added a 20-yard touchdown run.

The Jr. Buffaloes defense did not give up a first down until the third quarter and was led by Dunbar, Brock McCurdy (fumble recovery), Johnson (forced fumble), Blake Esteves (fumble recovery) Jake Husband, Benton Jr., Trenton Fitzhugh and Christopher Antellas with three tackles each.

Max Rios paced the Cowboys with 135 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Fernando Ceja scored a touchdown, gaining 54 yards on six carries. German Patron added 60 yards on six carries and A.J. Aguirre carried the ball four times for 25 yards.

Stevens Charvell and Max Rios made six tackles apiece for the Cowboys and Angelo Martinez four.