SU­PER BOWL BOUND

Flores’ late TD sends Cow­boys to ti­tle game

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By DAVE CAMP­BELL

The Man­teca Cow­boys rook­ies punched their ticket to the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Youth Foot­ball and Cheer Su­per Bowl with a thrilling last-sec­ond 26-21win over the San Joaquin Rams on Satur­day at Dino Cu­nial Field.

Man­teca was trail­ing 21-20 and had the ball, fac­ing fourth down with 9 yards to go from the San Joaquin 12-yard line. An­thony Mo­rales spot­ted Omar Diaz on a corner pass to the 1 with 9 sec­onds re­main­ing in the game, stop­ping the clock to re­set the chains.

Mo­rales got the team set in time to get the ball snapped with 1 sec­ond left, hand­ing off to Gabriel

Flores for the walk-off touch­down.

The Cow­boys took a 20-7 sec­ond-quar­ter lead. Bryson Davis (65 yards rush­ing) was re­spon­si­ble for two of those Man­teca touch­downs, start­ing the game’s scor­ing with a 40-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and added a 10-yard touch­down run. Flores scored on a 10-yard run in the sec­ond quar­ter to make the score 20-7.

Diaz led the Man­teca de­fense with 12 tack­les fol­lowed by Flores, Isaac Alvarez and Bran­dyn Sena with seven apiece, Blake Mount with six and Gavin Good­win and Bren­dan Carter with three apiece.

The Cow­boys play the Pitts­burg Pi­rates in the NCYFC Su­per Bowl at noon Satur­day at Her­itage High in Brent­wood. DYFL Var­sity Jr. Spar­tans 31, Dublin 6 TRACY — Lyon Colon scored three touch­downs Sun­day for the Ju­nior Spar­tans in the Delta Youth Foot­ball League South Con­fer- ence cham­pi­onship game at Kim­ball High School’s Don Ni­chol­son Sta­dium.

Colon ram­bled for 196 yards on 14 car­ries with scor­ing runs of 7, 50 and 51 yards. Amario Val­dovi­nos (four car­ries, 72 yards) scored on a 50-yard punt re­turn and pulled down a 68-yard re­cep­tion from Luis Her­nan­dez that set up Colon’s 7-yard touch­down run. Jeremiah Es­tante added an­other Lathrop touch­down on a 78-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn.

Val­dovi­nos and Colon each had nine tack­les with a forced fum­ble and a fum­ble re­cov­ery. Ben Ru­val­caba added eight stops, Noah Martinez (in­ter­cep­tion) had six tack­les and Es­tante and Jeremy Buck had two tack­les each.

The Spar­tans play in the DYFL Su­per Bowl on Sun­day at Bear Creek High School in Stock­ton at 4 p.m. The Lathrop novice start the day off with a game at 10 a.m.

DAVE CAMP­BELL/The Bul­letin

ABOVE PHOTO: Man­teca Cow­boys de­fen­sive back Bryson Davis steps in front of team­mate Robert Espinosa for an in­ter­cep­tion be­fore re­turn­ing it for a touch­down in Satur­day’s NCYFC rookie di­vi­sion semi­fi­nal at East Union. BE­LOW PHOTO: Man­teca Cow­boys Isaac Alvarez (52) and Omar Diaz (2) tackle San Joaquin’s Kenny Moore III.

DAVE CAMP­BELL/ The Bul­letin

Man­teca’s Bryson Davis fol­lows the block­ing of Gabriel Florez Jr. (28) and Kay­den Jones (92) on San Joaquin’s Manaali’i Daniel­son (77) and Teavon Spivey (34)

DAVE CAMP­BELL/The Bul­letin

Man­teca Cow­boys ball car­rier Bryson Davis gets past San Joaquin’s Jor­dan Gomez-Searcy for a touch­down.

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