Roundup: Balanced Manteca outruns Los Banos; Atwater, BC roll

Young Tigers unable to keep up in second half

dwitte@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 13, 2013 

Los Banos High's football team sold out to stop the run against Manteca on Friday night, and Buffaloes quarterback Joe Menzel made the Tigers pay for it in a 42-7 Manteca victory.

Manzel completed 16 of 21 passes for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"They did everything they could to stop our inside running game," Manteca coach Eric Reis said. "They were stunting, blitzing, this and that, so fortunately for us, OK, plan B, we're going to throw it. You play that aggressively to stop the run, we'll throw on you."

But the key play came on special teams — a dropped punt on the Los Banos 5-yard line which gave Manteca a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Los Banos fought back, faking a punt and instead snapping the ball to Darren Baty, who ran for 29 yards and a first down.

Running back David Walker broke away for a 44-yard touchdown on the next play, starting to the left, then reversed to the right when that was blocked off.

The 6-foot-3, 193-pound sophomore charged through a pair of would-be tacklers around 10-yard line and stumbled into the end zone.

The play fired up the Los Banos players, but that intensity fell off when they weren't able to stop the balanced Manteca offense.

Menzel spread the ball to eight receivers, hitting upback Jacob DeLeon six times for 71 yards and tight end Michael Hatfield four times for 64 yards. Walker's touchdown, meanwhile, was the only big Los Banos play of the night.

"We couldn't weather the storm," Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso said. "We get the stop we need, it's a 14-7 ballgame, and we muff a punt at the 5, they score three plays later and it's 20-7, and that momentum we had just goes. It's tough to come back from. We're a young team."

Los Banos defensive end Jerome Vander Poel played one series after pulling his hamstring during warmups, and stayed on the bench the rest of the game. Walker, meanwhile, left the game at the end of the third quarter with a knee injury, though he said he expects to be back quickly.

"Offensively Vander Poel's in a bunch of different packages. Defensively, he's playing defensive end for us," Caropreso said. "It's just, stuff changes, so we've just got to iron some stuff out.

"We knew it was going to be tough. I mean, hell, that's a good football team. That's a team you're going to see probably win the VOL. I think they have a good chance. That's just me talking, I'm not the prognosticator."

Atwater 81, Roosevelt 6
ATWATER -- Ryan Sanchez had one of three pick sixes for the Falcons, taking his back 108 yards as Atwater (2-1) rolled Roosevelt at Falcon Field.

The Falcons took a 68-0 lead into halftime and had a running clock for the entire second half.
Clovis North 40, Buhach Colony 38
CLOVIS -- Trailing by 17 points at the half, the Thunder (1-2) stormed back on the road to take a 38-34 lead with about 11 minutes to play thanks to three Darin DuPont touchdown passes.
Aundre Sherman caught a pair of those, including the go-ahead score, but Clovis North (2-1) answered with a TD run in the last two minutes.
 
Hilmar 40, Chowchilla 0
HILMAR --  Jonathan O'Brien passed for 164 yards and accounted for 214 as Hilmar (3-0) shutout Chowchilla (0-2) for the second straight week.
The Yellowjacket defense held the Redskins under 100 yards of total offense.
Pacheco 36, Dos Palos 20
DOS PALOS -- The Pacheco (2-0) defense sparked a 22-point third quarter with a pair of touchdowns turning a low-scoring affair at the half into a convincing road win over Dos Palos (0-2).

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