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Manteca almost pulls off Super Bowl upset
John Cohen (7) and Angel Garay of the Jaguars close in on Tyler Etharidge of the Turlock Vikings. - photo by Dave Campbell
TURLOCK – After a scoreless first half and a second half of smash-mouth, up-the-middle football, the Turlock Vikings scored on a fake field goal with 9 seconds remaining in the game to defeat the Manteca Jaguars 13-6 in the Cen Cal Pee Wee Super Bowl at Turlock High’s Joe Debely Stadium.

“It was a hard-fought game all the way to the end,” Manteca coach Bill Shippley said. “We came in as underdogs and we almost pulled it off. They got us on a trick play.”

The Jaguars took the opening kickoff of the second half and went three and out, and then the Turlock ground game took over. The Vikings had the ball the rest of the third period and into the fourth with Tyler Etharidge scoring on a 4-yard run to give Turlock a 6-0 lead with 9:37 left.

Manteca struck back quickly when John Cohen (16 carries, 92 yards) darted around the right end and up the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown with 7:44 left in the contest to tie the score at 6-6. The Vikings got the ball back and ground out the clock, scoring on a fake field goal with 9 seconds remaining.

“One thing is for sure,” Turlock coach Ted Howze said. “The Jaguars did Manteca proud.”

Kobe Shippley (fumble cause) led the Jaguars defense with 13 tackles followed by Angel Garray (fumble recovery) and Johnathan Dunn with 10 apiece, Rodrigo Gonzalez with nine, Cohen (interception) with seven, Isreal Garay (six) and Matthew Angel (five).