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Varsity Knights sacked by Saints in Trans-Valley playoffs
Ripon Knights
Ripon Knights ball carrier Lucas Ruiz gets tackled by the Central Saints in varsity action. The ball came loose after he hit the ground and was ruled a fumble. - photo by Dave Campbell

The Central Saints varsity scored twice before running an offensive play in second-round Trans-Valley Youth Football League playoff action and the Ripon Knights never recovered in a 46-24 win for Central.  

Central returned the opening kickoff for a score and then took advantage of a fumble call and returned the loose ball for a touchdown. 

Ripon’s Mason Durao threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Christian Dell’Osso and one of 82 yards to Dax Beidleman (three receptions, 113 yards). Kaeo Sanchez added a 4-yard touchdown run. Luca Ruiz tallied 83 yards on 13 carries.

Joshue Gonzalez led the Knights defense with 13 tackles. Beidleman added eight stops with seven apiece for Ruiz and Sanchez. 


Junior varsity

Knights 26, Saints 13
Ripon blanked Central in the second half to come from behind for the win.

Xavier Powell accounted for three Knights touchdowns. He threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jax Booth and he carried the ball eight times for 155 yards with two touchdowns. Booth tallied a 2-yard touchdown run. Max Abrew and Kevin Torres also contributed in offense.
Drew Walker led the Ripon defense with 12 tackles. Jacob Ramirez added nine stops, Jessy Vega and Booth six apiece, Powell (interception) and Torres five each with four apiece Zander Rivera and Logan Howard. Dominic Bruno, Abrew, Jaidyn Bassard, Draco Reeves, Deegan Vrieling, and Mason Dodson all contributed on defense.



Knights, Modesto Raiders 0

Travis Maltes posted two touchdowns for Ripon.

Maltes scored on runs of 4 and 53 yards. Max Neto added a 24-yard touchdown run and Tyce Thompson pulled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Tyce Sanchez (4 of 8 passing, 95 yards).

The Knights had 12 players in on four or more tackles. Neto (interception) and George Bogetti led the defense with 13 tackles apiece. Ryker Christensen added eight stops, Keagan Heuvel, Sanchez and Jesse Hernandez seven apiece; Max Bettencourt, Chase Rubenaker, Adrian Anaya and Daniel Teicheira six each; Danny Widmer five and Shooter Bruns four.


Junior novice

Knights 13, Modesto Christian Kingsmen 6

Ripon’s Luke Sanders ran for more than 100 yards and scored both Knights touchdowns.

Sanders tallied 107 yards on 12 carries with scoring runs of 5 and 24 yards. Nikolai Gorbunoff, Lucas Durao and Jaxson Quilangtang also contributed on offense with great blocking by Colt Avant, Austin Brown, Matthew Nemeth, Quilangtang, Cade DeJong, Jaylen Buchanan and Chase Johnson.

Lucas Durao led the Knights defense with 12 tackles. Quilangtang (two fumble recoveries), Johnson (game-ending tackle) and Sanders added six stops each, Gorbunoff and Dylan Breakfield five apiece and Avant (forced fumble) four. Austin Brown, Micah Rodriguez, Don Fletcher, Mearl Thompson and Jaylen Buchanan also contributed on defense. .



Manteca Cowboys 35, Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 12

Nikko Juarez scored four touchdowns for the varsity Cowboys.

Juarez scored on runs of 5, 26, 33 and 37 yards. Gabriel Lopez pulled  in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mehtaab Bhangu. Nikko Hisapryor added 65 rushing yards.

Tyler Pettis, Damein Delgadillo and Matayo de la Rosa led the Cowboys with four tackles apiece. De la Rosa and Julian Ramirez each made an interception.


Junior varsity

Jr. Buffaloes 19, Tracy Buccaneers 13

Trailing 13-12, Manteca’s Brody Carabello capped a 13-0 fourth quarter with a 24-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes remaining in the game.

Carabello (10 carries, 123 yards; 68 yards passing) added a 65-yard touchdown run and hit Bode Hiatt with a 54-Yard touchdown pass to start the Jr. Buffaloes scoring.

Brixton Ortiz led the Manteca defense with 16 tackles. Carabello (fumble recovery) added 15 tackles with five apiece for Logan Qualls and Brennan McMichael and four for Alex Espinoza.