The Manteca Jaguars closed out the regular season last Saturday with a 20-16 loss to the Oakdale Stampede in the “Valley Oak Bowl” at Sierra High’s Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Stampede stayed unbeaten in the Central California Junior Football League thanks to a fourth-quarter touchdown.
“It was a heavyweight battle,” said Manteca coach Mark Paule. “Oakdale has put up a lot of points this season.
“We were able to hold them to their lowest score all season – we were all proud of our boys and hope to see the Stampede again.”
Marcos Castillo racked up 97 rushing yards on only six carries and scored Manteca’s two touchdowns. He had a 60-yard score nullified due to an illegal formation. Castillo also added both two-point conversion kicks.
Austin Miller completed three of his four passes for 74 yards. Carlos Juarez was the recipient of one of those passes good for 40 yards. Damon Lynch had two grabs for 34 yards.
The Manteca defense was able to contain Oakdale’s big speedy backs.
Kody Justis led the way with eight tackles and Carlos Juarez chipped in with seven. Michael Relloque finished with six stops, Noah Moral tallied five tackles, and Andrew Guevara and Alonso Garcia had three tackles each.
In addition, Castillo forced a fumble on the opening kickoff that was recovered by Armando Herrera.
The Jaguars will host the Merced Bears at 5 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the NFC Divisional playoffs.
Jaguars 30, Stampede 22
Manteca is seeded No. 3 in the playoffs and will take on the Los Banos Wildcats at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Los Banos is No. 2 seed. But Jaguars are still the host team.
Few details were available in their game against Oakdale.
Jaguars 42, Stampede 0
Domenic Wolfson had 213 total yards in Manteca’s win over Oakdale.
Included were 65 yards in receptions with one touchdown and 148 yards rushing with another score.
Miguel Sequeira also scored two touchdowns highlighted by his 65-yard touchdown grab.
But it was Jaylen Jackson who led the way with three touchdowns.
Angel Garay had a 40-yard pass and Nicholas Perez converted on three PAT kicks.
Defensively, Garay led the Jaguars with six tackles. Leonardo Bonilla had five stops while Anthony James and Sequeira, who also had a forced fumble, had four and three tackles, respectively.
Dominic Wolfson also had four tackles and a fumble recovery. Jose Ceja had three stops and Dominic Rea was in on three tackles and an interception.
Manteca will take on Los Banos Wildcats during the opening round of the playoffs scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.
Jaguars 35, Stampede 0
Manteca will host the Atwater Falcons at 1:30 opener of the playoffs.
The Jaguars enter the post season in the No. 2 seed while Atwater is the No. 3 seed.
Few details were available in Manteca’s regular season finale against Oakdale.