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Ripon Chiefs crush Salida Steelers
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Matthew Chapman of the Ripon Knights forces Marcus Sims of the Modesto Christian Kingsmen to fumble as Mario Garcia (83) comes in to assist in Trans Valley League junior novice action on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL /The Bulletin

The Ripon Chiefs scored three second-half touchdowns against the Salida Steelers, winning handily in Mountain Valley Football League varsity action Saturday at Gregori High.

In the 36-8 win, Ripon quarterback Nico Ilardi spearheaded the offensive attack with 55 yards rushing including a 6-yard touchdown run. He also passed for 96 yards and two TDs.

Ilardi hit Matthew Padilla on a 5-yard scoring toss in the first quarter and later connected with Brandon Rainer on a 16-yard TD in the third. In addition, he found Aida Nillson on a big 37-yard gain on the third-down situation to help set up the Rainer score.

Other key contributors were Grant Wiebe (eight carries, 26 yards, TD), Aiden Benzinger (two carries, 26 yards) and Tommy Campbell (three carries, 19 yards, TD).

Rainer recovered a fumble on the first Steelers possession and Caleb Delgado set the tone for the defense with seven tackles including one for a loss and a quarterback sack.

Leobardo Ochoa had five tackles with one going for a loss and a QB sack. Boogie Barnett, Gunnar Bertsch and Aaron Steven all recorded four tackles. Danny Hernandez had three tackles to go along with an interception and one pass deflection, with Benzinger and Phillip Vallejo collecting three tackles each.

Nathan Valdez was 3 for 5 in PAT kicks.

Cen –Cal Jr. Football


Manteca Jaguars 22,

Turlock Pride 14

The Manteca Jaguars overcame a 14-0 deficit by scoring 22 unanswered points over the previously unbeaten Turlock Pride.

Angel Garay handled the work load by scoring all three touchdowns against the tough Pride defense. He had 123 yards on 17 carries along with a 29-yard touchdown grab over two defenders to close out the first half.

Quarterback Dominic Rea had the scoring toss. He also picked up 28 yards rushing on six carries. John Badilla had two PATs.

Defensively, Gerardo Escobar led the Jaguars with eight tackles. Garay had six stops along with an interception and a fumble recovery.  Darion Chavis and Gabriel Ramirez both had six tackles while Marcelo Grajada tallied four tackles and forced a fumble. 

Jaimare Wayne had a key interception late in the game to dash the Prides’ hope.

Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 48, Livingston 0

Manteca improved to 7-0 in league after taking care of the Wolves.

Isaac Searcy led the way, rushing for 49 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns. Jacob Sandoval, Garret 

Genila, and Tyler Garlets also found the end zone.

On defense, Treyvon Barquet had four tackles and Kevin Thornburg also tallied four stops and a fumble recovery.

Junior Varsity

Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 14, Livingston 0

No stats were available in the Jr. Buffaloes’ win.


Manteca Jr. Buffaloes, Livingston (no score kept)

Quinn Martinez had 109 yards on 12 carries to lead all rushers, including a 25-yard touchdown run.

Gage Pfeiffer scored on a 17-yard run. 

Luis Duenas, Nicholas Ellks, Brody Nail and Nicholas Garcia had four solo tackles each to pace the Jr. Buffaloes on defense.

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Football League


Manteca Jr. Timberwolves 34, Tracy Cougars 0

The Jr. Timberwolves clinched the top seed in the DYFL playoffs thanks to their shutout victory over Tracy.

All of the scoring took place in the first half.

Tommy Perea scored twice while racking up 60 yards on seven carries. Alijah Cota also scored, picking up 40 yards on six pops.

Touchdowns were also scored by Gianni Addiego (51 yards, two carries) and Ryan Vanarsdell (46 yards, four carries).

On defense, Tyler Looney, Paul Gaines, Jason Garcia, Jason Agulay, and Colton Peterson controlled the line of scrimmage.

 Cota led the way with eight tackles, Addiego collected six stops and Turon McQuarters had four tackles.

CJ Williams Jr picked off a pass and also had a stop.

Perea, in addition, came through with a touchdown-saving tackle on special teams.

Jr. Novice

Tracy Cougars 13,

Jr. Timberwolves 6 (OT)

Andrew DeFrenchi of the Jr. Timberwolves tied the game in regulation with a 9-yard touchdown. But Tracy took it in the extra session.

DeFrenchi had 21 yards on the ground to go with his seven tackles on defense.

Jeremy Douglas led Manteca in this otherwise defensive battle, making nine tackles in which four went for losses and a fumble recovery. On offense, he led the team with 58 yards.

 Jr. Timberwolves 21, Dublin Fighting Irish 0

In a previous game, the Jr. Timberwolves preserved the shutout with a goal-line stand led by Albert Menchaca, who came up with the tackle at the Manteca 2.

DeFrenchi and Douglas had six tackles each to lead the defense. Jeremaia Harrison and Julian Moncada chipped in with four tackles each.

Douglas, in addition, had 91 yards on 10 carries, scoring on touchdown runs of 53, 13, and 2 yards.

Manteca Chargers 25,

Jr. Timberwolves 12

Jeremy Douglas had 98 yards on 15 carries, scoring twice including a 69-yard run.

He and DeFrenchi had five tackles each.

Jr. Timberwolves 40,

Hayward Aggies 28

Andrew DeFrenchi led the way with 199 yards on 12 carries, scoring on runs of 25, 9, and 70 yards.

Douglas also scored three times – 65, 51, and 65-yard touchdowns – while gaining 180 yards on eight carries.

The offensive line of Dominic Horn, Erick Vaquera, Snowden Snyder, Jeremaia Harrison, Josiah Hawkins, and Preston Ellis helped paved the way for the Manteca ground game that tallied 386 yards.