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Jr. Timberwolves JV whip Ceres Cowboys
Tyler Jacklich of the Ripon Knights novice returns an onside kick by the Patterson Ravens and avoids a tackle by Anthony Delgadillo in a 19-6 win for the Knights in opening round Trans Valley Youth Football League action on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL /The Bulletin

Vic Murrillo of Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity threw for four touchdowns and scored another on a punt return to lead Manteca to a 52-0 shellacking of the visiting Ceres Cowboys on Saturday at East Union High School’s Dino Cunial Field in Delta Youth Football League action.

David Kakala returned an interception for a touchdown and another to the 1-yard line. Jonah Barney, Zack Curry and Isaiah Sanchez each had a receiving touchdown with Keyshawn Johnson and Sarah Marlin each getting a rushing touchdown and Coco Murillo had three conversion kicks.

 Coco Murillo led the Manteca defense with 11 tackles. Cody Ward added 10 stops, Gannon Anderson and Bobby Martin eight apiece and Amanda Dutra four.




Timberwolves 41,

Ceres Cowboys 0

The Jr. Timberwolves used a balanced attack to shut out the Cowboys.

 Luke Abrew 3 for 3 passing for 85 yards with touchdown throws of 60 yards to Ryan Vanarsdell and 20 yards to Sammy Haena. Alijah Cota made his one carry count, going 50 yards for a touchdown. Gianni Addiego (two carries 60 yards) scored on a 35-yard run, Zavier Sadorra (two carries, 40 yards) had a 36-yard touchdown run and Darius Wright had a 2-yard touchdown run. 

Mitch Lill (forced fumble) led the Manteca defense with six tackles. Turon McQuarters and 

Nolan Calmes each recovered a fumble and had four tackles while Eric Fitch had five tackles and Caden Salas (forced fumble) four. 


Junior novice 

Manteca Timberwolves 54, Ceres Cowboys 0

The offensive line of Austin Hackett, Dominic Horn, Snowden Snyder, Jeremaia Harrison, Erick Vaquera and P.J. Ellis and wideouts outs Izrael SanNicolas, Derrick Day, and Josiah Hawkins used dominating blocking to help the Jr. Timberwolves gain 349 yards with 11 first downs

Jeremy Douglas ran for 126 yards on four carries with touchdown runs of 55 and 65. Andrew DeFrenchi had scoring runs of 5, 24 and 43 yards and had totaled 104 yards on seven carries. ds. Preston Smith (2 for 3 passing, 40 yards) threw touchdown passes of 8 and 32 yards to Douglas and ran one in from 14 yards out.

Douglas had five tackles and two forced fumbles. Julian Moncada added four tackles, DeFrenchi 2 tackles and a fumble recovery, Harrison two fumble recoveries with Robert Gaston, Able Moarels, and SanNicolas contributing to the Manteca defensive effort that held the Cowboys to minus-71 yards of offense and no first downs.


Trans Valley Youth

Football League

Ripon Knights 24,

Patterson Ravens 8

The varsity Ravens scored early Saturday but the Knights answered back in the first quarter and added touchdowns in the second and third quarters for the opening-round playoff win at Ripon Christian High School.

Max Steele scored on a 1-yard run for Ripon. Sean McGovern added a 6-yard touchdown run and Jacob Van Groningen had a 24-yard touchdown reception from Nolan Lingley. 

Conor Myers and Erik Weststyen contributed to the offensive attack for the Knights. Jason Vander Weide, Wyatt Nichelson, Tyler Mensonides, Josh Grabowski, McGovern, Steele, Myers and Ian Vrieling all helped lead the stifling Ripon defense.



Ripon Knights 16,

Patterson Ravens 6

Michael O’Neill had a great return on an onside kick to set up the go-ahead score for the Knights. 

 After trading scores in the first half Ripon took the lead for good when Jace Beidleman connected with Zachary Grabowski for a touchdown pass following O’Neill’s kickoff return. 

Brooks Wheatley, Tyler Jachlich, Griffen DeAbreu and Grabowski all ran the ball hard for the Knights with DeAbreu and Grabowski each scoring a touchdown.

The Knights defense kept the Ravens scoreless in the second half. Carson Sanders, Andrew Mensonides, Michael O’Neill and Preston Zuidervaart led the defensive attack for Ripon.


Motherlode Valley

Football League

Ripon Chiefs 37,

Hughson Huskies 14

The varsity Chiefs rode an outstanding defensive performance by Leobardo Ochoa to an opening-round playoff victory. 

Ochoa had 13 tackles to lead a defensive effort that forced three turnovers and shut out the Huskies in the second half. Aaron Stevenson added eight tackles while Brandon Rainer and Caleb Delgado each had a fumble recovery and Danny Hernandez a 27-yard interception return. Gunnar Bertsch and Troy Brogan had six tackles apiece and Nico Ilardi five. 

Ripon scored on every possession in the game except the last when the Chiefs took a knee to run out the clock on the Hughson 15-yard line. 

Nico Ilardi was 5 for 5 passing for 148 yards with touchdown a touchdown pass of 75 yards to Aiden Benzinger (two receptions, 99 yards) and touchdown passes of 24 and 25 yards to Rainer (three receptions, 49 yards). 

Benzinger had three carries for 55 yards with a 32-yard touchdown run. Ilardi had five carries for 51 yards and Grant Wiebe had seven carries for 25 yards and a 1-yard touchdown run.



Manteca Cowboys 29,

Travis Vikings 13

Gabriel Flores Jr. had 10 carries for 186 yards with a 30-yard touchdown run to lead the Cowboys starts in first-round playoff action.

George Mendoza had added two touchdowns with seven carries for 58 yards and Anthony Morales had five carries for 38 yards with a 9-yard touchdown run.

Flores Jr. had four tackles with a fumble recovery and a safety. Christopher Gallego (forced fumble and Ryder Vasquez each had three tackles while Landon Butler, Julian Ramirez and Isaiah Sanchez each added two tackles. 


Cen Cal

Manteca Jaguars 23,

Atwater Falcons 0

Dominic Rea had two touchdowns for the host varsity Jaguars at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.

Rea had 102 yards on seven carries and 43 yards on two reception. Angel Garay added four carries for 51 yards, Derion Chavis seven carries for 48 yards and Jaimare Wayne seven carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. 

Ryan Borgeson led Manteca defense with 10 tackles. Gerardo Escobar added seven tackles, Gabriel Ramirez (interception) and Rea an interception. Marcelo Grajeda, John Badilla, Vinson Murillo, and Aaron Craigall all contributed on defense with multiple stops in the backfield for losses.



For the first time in the 41-year history of the Manteca Jaguars, the team’s cheerleaders tested the waters of competitive cheer and came away winners. 

The varsity squad competed on Sunday in the JAMZ competition at the University off the Pacific’s Spanos Center and qualified for the JAMZ Nationals in Las Vegas in January. With only seven cheerleaders Manteca was the smallest team in the largest division at JAMZ reload on Sunday. 

Competing for the Jaguars were Avianna Alvarez, Kaylie Campbell, Angelina DeAvila, Serena Hernandez, Anessa Lawrence, Ezra Moral and Amber Neaterous. Coaches are Alandra Gatty and Alyssa Drew and junior coaches are Hope Palomar and Deseray Frye.