Lathrop car­ries mo­men­tum into Man­teca game WEEK 5 PRE­VIEW SCHED­ULE

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports - By JONAMAR JAC­INTO

It’s home­com­ing week at Man­teca High, and for­mer Buf­falo Joe Pir­illo will take part in the fes­tiv­i­ties as the op­pos­ing coach Fri­day at Guss Sch­miedt Field.

The 2004 Man­teca grad re­turns to his old stomp­ing grounds as the thirdyear coach for Lathrop (1-0 Val­ley Oak League, 2-2 over­all), which is com­ing off a 36-18 vic­tory over We­ston Ranch. It’s the fourth straight win for the Spar­tans in the Bat­tle of I-5 se­ries.

Lathrop did it with a dom­i­nant run game spear­headed by Michael Ramos, who amassed 378 yards and four touch­downs on 24 car­ries. It’s an­other test for the Man­teca de­fense, which was ►East Union at Kim­ball ►Lathrop at Man­teca ►Sierra at Cen­tral Catholic ►Oak­dale at We­ston Ranch ►Ripon Chris­tian at Water­ford

pun­ished by Dau­son Booker (228 yards, two TDs) and Cen­tral Catholic last week in a 31-14 loss for the Buf­faloes.

Man­teca (0-1, 3-1) was done in by penal­ties and mo­men­tum-killing turnovers — the Buffs had three drives end on two lost fum­bles and an in­ter­cep­tion near the goal line. They also lost star line­man Justin Kakala to an early ejec­tion, and he’ll sit out for the home­com­ing game.

Man­teca was held to 87 rush­ing yards, 49 com­ing from quar­ter­back Gino Cam­pi­otti. He was also 11-of-22 pass­ing for 162 yards and a touch­down, while ju­nior re­ceiver Jorge Cedano caught six passes for 75 yards in a break­out ef­fort.

The de­feat knocked Man­teca down to No. 15 from the 8 spot in the MaxPreps NorCal Top-25 rank­ings, and No. 44 from 31 in the Cal-Hi Sports top50 state rank­ings. The Buf­faloes have an­other big one com­ing up, with reign­ing CIF State Divi­sion III-A Oak­dale host­ing them next week.

Man­teca and Lathrop will meet for the fi­nal time as VOL op­po­nents. Lathrop, which is 0-6 against the Buf­faloes, is moving to the Western Ath­letic Con­fer­ence next year.

Here is a look at other Week 5 matchups in the area:

East Union (3-1) at Kim­ball (0-4): East Union and Man­teca were the area’s only teams with un­de­feated records go­ing into Week 4. The Lancers’ first loss in 2017 was also its 23rd con­sec­u­tive de­feat to Oak­dale, which rolled 42-6 at Dino Cu­nial Field.

East Union has a good bounce-back op­por­tu­nity in Tracy where it takes on win­less Kim­ball. The Jaguars are av­er­ag­ing six points per game and strug­gled to find their groove in a 27-7 loss at Sierra. Sopho­more quar­ter­back Kyle Gib­son helped

Kim­ball avoid a shutout with a 23-yard pass in the fourth quar­ter.

Sierra (2-2) at Cen­tral Catholic (3-0): The Tim­ber­wolves got their first VOL win un­der new head coach Chris John­son out of the way. Next up is MaxPreps’ eighth-ranked team in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

John­son wanted to con­struct a smash-mouth of­fense with his pis­tol Wing-T, and Sierra was able to pound away at Kim­ball from both sides of scrim­mage. Cen­tral Catholic brings its own phys­i­cal brand of foot­ball, beat­ing pow­er­houses St. Mary’s and Man­teca on the road in its past two con­tests.

Booker leads the Raiders with 579 yards and five touch­downs, but sopho­more quar­ter­back Kyle Jack­son, a Man­te­can, gives them an ad­di­tional threat out of the I-for­ma­tion. He com­pleted four of his five passes for 71 yards and a touch­down in his first var­sity start last week at Man­teca.

Oak­dale (3-1) at We­ston Ranch (1-3): After let­ting Lathrop’s Ramos go off for 378 yards, it doesn’t get any eas­ier for the Cougars as they take on Cameron Cherry and the vaunted Wing-T of Oak­dale.

The Mus­tangs had their way with East Union, with Cherry churn­ing out 83 yards and three scores on 15 car­ries. The re­serves took over after their first drive of the sec­ond half.

Amier Bowen con­tin­ues to shine for We­ston Ranch. The ju­nior quar­ter­back passed for 294 yards, ran for 61 and had a hand in both of the Cougars’ touch­downs at Lathrop.

Ripon Chris­tian (2-2) at Water­ford (2-2): It’s a big week for the Knights after tak­ing a 40-0 beat­ing from de­fend­ing South­ern Ath­letic League champ Ores­timba, which held them to just 49 yards of of­fense.

Water­ford trav­elled to Le Grand and pre­vailed 42-0 for a sec­ond straight shutout.

HIME ROMERO/The Bul­letin

ABOVE PHOTO: East Union’s Ra­gan Fowzer (5) sends it over the net. BE­LOW PHOTO: Kiana Day (12) com­bines with East Union team­mate Ra­gan Fowzer to block the spike of Sierra’s Lind­sey Wall­jasper in Game 2 of the Wed­nes­day’s Val­ley Oak League match at Dal­ben Cen­ter.

Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

Lathrop High head coach Joe Pir­illo ad­dresses his team after the Spar­tans rolled to a 36-18 home­com­ing win over Bat­tle of I-5 rival We­ston Ranch last Fri­day.

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