Manteca High football has wasted no time throwing its name in the ring for bowl potential once again.
The Buffaloes got an impressive road win Friday, topping the Santa Clara-Wilcox Chargers 20-14, and with that earned Cal-Hi Sports’ No. 7 spot in the NorCal Division II bowl rankings. As you’ll remember, Manteca went to the NorCal D-II bowl a year ago, and fell 27-21 to Redding-Enterprise at Lincoln High’s Spanos Stadium.
This is a new-look Buffaloes team, with quarterback Dakarai Charles, tailback Hector Soto and wide receiver Dom Pisano headlining the offense, but it’s off to a good start.
Here’s a complete look at those rankings:
DIVISION II NORTH
1. Clayton Valley (Concord) 1-0
2. Enterprise (Redding) 0-0
3. Concord 1-0
4. Sacramento 0-0
5. Inderkum (Sacramento) 1-0
6. Oakdale 1-0
7. Manteca 1-0
8. Terra Nova (Pacifica) 0-0
9. Los Gatos 0-0
10. Rio Linda 1-0
Manteca beat No. 4 Sacramento 49-6 in last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship game, and its Valley Oak League foe Oakdale is sixth. The Buffaloes beat the Mustangs in league play a year ago.
This time around, Manteca plays a “home game” against Oakdale at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, Oct. 11, at noon.
THE LEGEND OF LOUREIRO
In perusing the Cal-Hi Sports’ football records, I took a look at the all-time coaching marks for the state.
And sure enough, Escalon High patriarch Mark Loureiro was up there.
Loureiro’s 257 wins rank him 21st all-time, and sixth among current coaches. Right now, he only trails John Barnes of Los Alamitos (310), Bob Johnson of Mission Viejo (299), Lou Farrar of Covina Royal Oak (296), Mike Marrujo of Placentia-Valencia (285), Steve Denman of Tehachapi (282) and Kevin Rooney of Sherman Oaks-Notre Dame (281).
Among coaches who have only been with one team, Loureiro is fourth among active coaches.
He and Escalon go for No. 1 this year and No. 258 for him Friday at Calaveras.
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