Scheduling-wise, the Manteca Jaguars have had a brutal start to the Central California Junior Youth Football season.
So to come away 2-1 through three weeks, the varsity squad has positive vibes going forward despite Saturday’s 27-0 loss to the Buhach Thunder at Atwater High.
The Thunder rolled behind its ball-hogging offense that limited Manteca to just five possessions and 57 total yards from scrimmage.
That made for a busy day for the Jaguars’ defense, which was led by Mark Paul Jr.’s nine tackles. Carlos Juarez finished with eight, and Kody Justis turned in six.
The Jaguars get a much-deserved bye this week before returning to action Sept. 17 when they host the Turlock Vikings at Sierra High.
Thunder 28, Jaguars 8
Nelson Orellana scored the game’s only touchdown, and Isreal Garay rushed for 55 yards and added a field goal.
Garay also had two tackles for losses on defense, and Benhamin Rea contributed an interception. The Jaguars improved to 3-0 on the season.
Thunder 6, Jaguars 0
Buhach punched in the deciding touchdown late in the third quarter in what was otherwise an epic battle between two stout defenses.
John Ceja and Angel Garay led the Jaguars (2-1) on defense with six and five tackles, respectively.
Thunder 14, Jaguars 7
Jaimare Wayne provided most of the punch offensively for Manteca (2-1), as he grinded out 68 yards and the team’s only touchdown.
Wayne also paced the defense with seven tackles, with six and four coming from Lorenzo Ceja and Allan Orellana, respectively.