The Manteca Cowboys will take on the Weston Ranch Falcons Saturday in what may be a preview of the Northern California Youth Football League Super Bowl.
Last weekend’s tune-up game against the North Stockton Eagles – the Cowboys are 6-1 in the NFC Varsity division while the 7-0 Falcons sit comfortably atop of the AFC – resulted in Manteca coming away with a forfeit win at the McNair High stadium.
The Cowboys and Falcons will play at 4 p.m. at Weston Ranch High Stadium.
In the lower levels, Manteca swept the Eagles:
Cowboys 34, Eagles 7
Manteca (7-0) took care of previously unbeaten North Stockton rather handily last Saturday.
The first-place Cowboys scored in every quarter, with Marcus Panelo, for starters, wasting little time. He not only went 45 yards on his first carry, but also scored the game’s first touchdown.
Seuseu Alofaituli punched in the extra point.
The Eagles (6-1) answered back with a six-play drive, tying the game at 7-7.
Early in the second quarter, Alofaituli, who racked up 148 yards on 17 carries – he also scored three TDs and, on defense, had nine tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery – put Manteca ahead on his 4-yard scoring run.
Angel Sena initiated the defensive play of the game, causing a fumble that one-hopped over to Domingo Vargas, who ran it back 65 yards for the TD.
Marcus Panelo, who picked up 152 yards on 16 pops, scored his second TD of the game in the fourth quarter.
Other standouts included Gabriel Francisco (two deflected passes, a forced fumble, eight tackles, two interceptions), Brandon Arreola (two tackles, one sack), Frankie Porter (five tackles), Jacob Tatupu (five tackles), and Vargas (six tackles).
Cowboys 21, Eagles 0
Manteca (6-1) used its versatile offense and stingy defense to stymie North Stockton.
The Cowboys took the opening drive, going 50 yards on the ground behind the running of A.J. Martinez, Matthew Pilkay and Presley DeMello, who scored the touchdown.
Pilkay also contributed with a pair of scores.
Quarterback Manuel Guerrero passed for 48 yards while connecting with Pilkay and Nick Stanley on extra-point completions.
Melvin McCoy led the defense, causing and forcing a fumble, sacking the kicker, and racking up eight tackles.
Jovani Oliva came through with five tackles and Isaiah Estrada contributed three.
In addition, defensive tackle Carlos Gonzalez recovered a fumble and Mark Barnes deflected a pass to close out the game.
Cowboys 29, Eagles 7
Stanley Kimoni helped lead Manteca (6-1) past the North Stockton Eagles.
He scored three TDs, gaining 180 yards on the ground and getting 78 more on receptions. On defense, Kimoni was in on 10 tackles including five unassisted.
Joshua Grabowski rushed for 76 yards and caught passes tallying 81 yards. He also had three assisted tackles and a sack on defense.
Other contributors on defense included Adam Sena, Nicco Cedolini, Adam Garcia, and Anthony Alcarez.